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#StarbucksDrakeHands is an Instagram hashtag associated with a series of videos in which people silently gaze at the camera while rapper Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" plays in the background.
On October 1st, 2013, Californian model Piper Kennedy reluctantly gave her phone number to a local barista Brody "Odag" Ryan Curtis. The next day, Brody texted her a short video of himself silently smiling and rubbing his right hand on his face with the Drake song "Hold On, We're Going Home" playing in the background as an attempt to seduce her. That same day, her friend DJ Ben Roc posted the video to his Instagram account, where it gained more than 1,100 likes in six days.
On October 3rd, Roc uploaded the first parody video, attributed to Instagram user Alex Orley (shown below), which received more than 110 likes within five days. As he began to receive more parody videos on Instagram, he launched the hashtag #StarbucksDrakeHands to keep track of them all. On October 4th, Redditor theknocksnyc submitted Ben Roc's Instagram video to the /r/Cringe subreddit where it gained 24 upvotes, 19 points overall and 5 comments within four days. The following day, the video was re-uploaded to YouTube, accruing more than 110,000 views in 72 hours.
On October 7th, the official Instagram and Twitter accounts for #StarbucksDrakeHands were launched by Champlain College student Mike Miller, who also uploaded a compilation of the parodies onto YouTube that same day. Meanwhile, BuzzFeed posted a collection of the Instagram parody videos and local news site PIX 11 also reported on the emerging trend. On October 8th, news of the video fad spread to a number of entertainment blogs and internet culture sites including the Daily Mail, the Hollywood Gossip, International Business Times, Metro UK, First Post and RyanSeacrest.com. The same day, RyanSeacrest.com also posted a series of photos of Kennedy (shown below), the woman who inspired the videos. Additional examples can be found on Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
 Ryan Seacrest – Meet the Girl Who Inspired #StarbucksDrakeHands!
 Instagram – @alexorley
 Reddit – /r/cringe: My friend gave her number to a guy she met at Starbucks and this is what he texted her
 YouTube – starbucks drake hands starbucksdrakehands
 Statigram – Media Tagged #StarbucksDrakeHands
 Buzzfeed – How One Phone Number Accidentally Started An Internet Movement
 Instagram – @starbucksdrakehands
 Twitter – @drakehands
 PIX 11 – WATCH IT: Guy inadvertently sparks internet craze while attempting to pick up girl
 Daily Mail – How NOT to get a date: Guy who sent 'seductive' selfie video to girl he met in Starbucks is ruthlessly imitated after video goes viral
 the Hollywood Gossip – Guy Hits on Girl Via Creepy Viral Video, Kicks Off #StarbucksDrakeHands Trend
 International Business Times – DJ Broc Introduces The World To The Starbucks Drake Hands Movement [VIDEOS]
 Metro UK – StarbucksDrakeHands guy: Five of the best parodies
 First Post – Guy creates video to woo girl, becomes overnight Internet joke
 RyanSeacrest.com – Guy Doing ‘Drake Hands’ to Woo Girl Goes Viral: 12 Best Spoofs
 YouTube – Search Results for "starbucksdrakehands"
 Twitter – Tweet Results for #starbucksdrakehands
Oct 08, 2013 at 02:29PM EDT
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