Screen-Reaching Hand / Emoji

Screen-Reaching Hand / Emoji

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Updated Oct 06, 2020 at 08:50AM EDT by Philipp.

Added Sep 24, 2019 at 11:00AM EDT by Philipp.

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Screen-Reaching Emoji refers to an image of a non-Unicode emoji with bloodshot eyes and pursed lips appearing to be reaching for the screen with its hand. A variation of the Stressed Emoji, the image saw extensive use as a reaction and an exploitable and inspired similarly-executed images of popular characters reaching for the screen. Examples of the meme are often paired with fourth-wall-breaking captions such as "You Think You're Safe?" and "Hand Them Over."

Origin

The exact origin of the image is unknown. On August 8th, 2019, Instagram user salad.snake posted an edit based on "Hamburger Cheeseburger Big Mac Whopper" song featuring the emoji together with several other Cursed Emojis which gained over 112,000 views in two months (reupload shown below).[1]



Precursor

On July 1st, 2019, Twitter user FloPerfecto psoted a video of the character Rika Furude from the visual novel Higurashi When They Cry. In the clip, a hand reaches passed the character and toward the viewer (shown below). The post received more than 100,000 views, 8,300 likes and 3,000 retweets in six months.

Spread

In the following days, the image saw notable use on Twitter as a reaction. On August 15th, 2019, Twitter user @PeachyKneeSocks posted a meme based on the emoji which gained over 99,700 retweets and 368,400 likes in two months, prompting the further spread of the meme.[2]


woodpecker @PeachyKneeSocks Me when I pspspspsps at a cat and it runs away 9:02 AM 15 Aug 2019

In the following weeks, memes in which various characters extended their hand towards the viewer in a similar fashion to the emoji gained popularity online. For example, on August 26th, 2019, Redditor spectre15 posted an image of Annoying Orange executed in a similar fashion.[3]

Various Examples


BROYOUR PENIS PRIVILEGES HAND THEM OVER YOUR TECH TIPS HAND THEM OVER luninin today I.
GIVE ME YOUR VIBE IWILL CHECK IT DO NOT CHECK MY VIBE get away from me You think you're safe?

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