This would have been a photo meme and phrasal template.

This Would Have Been A Photo Of A X

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Updated Oct 24, 2023 at 05:44PM EDT by Zach.

Added Oct 24, 2023 at 04:47PM EDT by Brandon.

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About

This Would Have Been A Photo Of A X is a phrasal template and exploitable meme that was taken from an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) post on X in late October 2023. The post, which originally included a picture with red-and-white text on a black background describing a horrific image and a statement that the original image itself can't be posted because of the site's guidelines, began to be parodied into memes by having the words changed around while keeping a similar aesthetic. The original post also began to experience backlash as another facet of the ongoing Israel-Hamas Conflict.

Origin

On October 23rd, 2023, as part of ongoing reporting on the conflict between Hamas and Israel, the IDF[1] posted the following text as an image to its X / Twitter account (shown below):


THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A PHOTO OF A LIFELESS PREGNANT WOMAN NEXT TO HER BEHEADED UNBORN BABY CUT OUT OF HER BELLY BY HAMAS TERRORISTS. DUE TO THIS PLATFORM'S GUIDELINES, WE CAN'T SHOW YOU THAT.

"THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A PHOTO OF A LIFELESS PREGNANT WOMAN NEXT TO HER BEHEADED UNBORN BABY CUT OUT OF HER BELLY BY HAMAS TERRORISTS. DUE TO THIS PLATFORM'S GUIDELINES, WE CAN'T SHOW YOU THAT."

This image was posted after weeks of numerous social media users remaining skeptical over some of the stories coming out of the region, such as reports of Hamas beheading 40 babies on the day of the attack.

Immediately upon being posted, the image and the words began to be attacked by Pro-Palestinian users. On October 23rd, 2023, X user @ronatun[2] uploaded a quote retweet reply to the image with his own phrase, claiming that he is trying to post a picture of his grandmother as a bicycle if she had wheels, showing his doubt that the claim is true (shown below).


THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A PHOTO OF OF MY GRANDMOTHER AS A BICYCLE IF SHE HAD WHEELS

Spread

Skepticism about the post in general led to an increase in memes being made about it as it spread online. For example, on October 23rd, 2023, X users @SteakFrankHouse[3] and @itsamineazizi[4] both uploaded two similar examples of the phrase being edited into a meme. While both images use the original phrase but change the final wording to explicitly say that the image the Israel Defense Forces is referring to is fake. @SteakFrankHouse's usage (shown below, left) merely states that the image does not exist, while @itsamine directly calls out the IDF for purportedly lying (shown below, right).


THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A PHOTO OF A LIFELESS PREGNANT WOMAN NEXT TO HER BEHEADED UNBORN BABY CUT OUT OF HER BELLY BY HAMAS TERRORISTS. DUE TO THE FACT THAT THIS NEVER HAPPENED WE CAN'T SHOW YOU THAT. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A PHOTO OF A LIFELESS PREGNANT WOMAN NEXT TO HER BEHEADED UNBORN BABY CUT OUT OF HER BELLY BY HAMAS TERRORISTS. WE CAN'T SHOW YOU THAT. BECAUSE WE ARE LYING, AGAIN. !

The phrase continued to evolve as a meme template over the following days, with social media users using it completely separated from its initial context. For example, on October 23rd, 2023, X user @GothicGrover[5] used the phrasal template to string together several recent Zoomer buzzwords, such as Big Chungus, rizz, Skibidi Toilet, L Rizz Baby Gronk and gyatt, among others (shown below).


THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A PHOTO OF A BIG CHUNGUS RIZZING A LVL 600 GYATT NEXT TO HER SKIBIDI TOILET FROM OHIO L RIZZ GRONK BABY BY ADIN ROSS GRIMACE SHAKE DUE TO THIS PLATFORM'S GUIDELINES, WE CAN'T SHOW YOU THAT.

Various Examples


Vinndolyn @VinnyTheUHHH This would have been a photo of a YOUNG BOY WHO LIVED IN PHILLY,RIGHT, AND HE WAS THE PRETTIEST LITTLE BOY WHO EVER LIVED next to her CHICKEN AND WINNIGISH cut out of her belly BY A BIG EARED FREARF. Due to this platform's guidelines, we can't MAKE YOU A SANDWICH. II GIF ALT 18 : Jake Flores @feraljokes a lifeless pregnant woman, next to her beheaded unborn baby, cut out of her belly by Hamas terrorists. May I see it? This would've been a picture of me ishak balls-deep in ana de armas but due to this platforms guidelines I can't post it THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A PHOTOGRAPH OF 'ISRAEL' BUT IT DOES NOT EXIST!!! FREE PALESTINE THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A PHOTO OF A LIFELESS PREGNANT WOMAN NEXT TO HER BEHEADED UNBORN BABY CUT OUT OF HER BELLY BY HAMAS TERRORISTS. DUE TO THIS PLATFORM'S GUIDELINES, WE CAN'T SHOW YOU THAT. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A PHOTO OF BENJAMIN NETANYAHU KICKING AN INNOCENT PUPPY IN THE BALLS WHILST WEARING A T-SHIRT THAT SAYS "I LIKE KICKING PUPPIES IN THE BALLS." DUE TO THIS PLATFORM'S GUIDELINES, WE CAN'T SHOW YOU THAT.

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External References

[1] X โ€“ IsraelDefenseForce

[2] X โ€“ Ronatun

[3] X โ€“ SteakFrankHouse

[4] X โ€“ itsamineazizi

[5] X โ€“ GothicGrover

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Mr. Duwang
Mr. Duwang

This would have been a photo of

ME BURSTING THROUGH THE HOSPITAL DOORS

Followed by

ME TALKING TO THE RECEPTIONIST

Followed by

ME TALKING TO THE DOCTOR

Followed by

MY WIFE AFTER A TRAGIC MISCARRIAGE

Due to this platformโ€™s guidelines, I canโ€™t show you that.

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Geigh Science
Geigh Science

It goes both ways, too. "This would have been a little girl in Gaza riding her bike to school, if her school hadn't been destroyed and she hadn't been ripped into pieces by the shrapnel from an Israeli bomb."

What the Hamas terrorists did on the 7th was undeniably terrible. The reaction of starving the city and essentially beginning to glass it from orbit for the rest of the month should also be acknowledged as nothing short of monstrous. I carry a seething loathing toward any and all who would try to recruit me to join or support any side other than that of the innocent civilians caught in the crossfire.

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