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Who Was in Paris?

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Updated Mar 25, 2021 at 05:27AM EDT by Y F.

Added Dec 14, 2020 at 03:45PM EST by Phillip Hamilton.

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Who Was in Paris? is a rhetorical question asked by users on social media, assumedly targeted towards non-POC, the answer to which is the n-word, making reference to Jay-Z and Kanye West's 2012 song "Niggas In Paris."[1] The format is similar to Don't Say The N-Word memes.

Origin

On January 31st, 2020, mccoollin uploaded an image of rapper Lil Pump pointing a gun with the overlaid caption, "Oh you like Kanye West? Tell me who is in Paris then" to /r/okbuddyretard [6] garnering over 200 upvotes in 10 months (shown below). This is the earliest known instance of the question on the web.


OH YOU LIKE KANYE WEST? TELL ME WHO IS IN PARIS THEN

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On August 17th, 2020, firstnamerany posted a tweet[2] reading, "Oh you a kanye fan huh? Who was in pairs?" garnering 1 like in 4 months. The next day on August 18th, GabeDontMiss tweeted[3] a similar joke, "Oh, you're a Kanye west fan? Then who was in Paris?" garnering over 4,600 likes and 320 retweets (shown below). These are the earliest times the question was asked on Twitter. The joke was reworded and spread across Twitter over the months.[4][5]


Gabe 100 @GabeDontMiss Oh, you're a Kanye west fan? Then who was in Paris?

On August 21st, 2020, bbrandonbrown22 uploaded a video to TikTok [7] in which he asks his roommates, "If you're a Kanye fan, who was in Paris?" to which the roommates tell him they can't answer that (shown below). The video gained over 1.7 million views and 300,000 likes in just under 4 months.


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6863503603873713413

Around December, a deep fried image of an animated Kanye West with a caption asking the question began circulating social media (shown below, left). It's unknown who created this meme, with one of the earliest uploads happening on December 5th by Instagram page ball_suckler.[9] On December 9th, Twitter[10] user ech0astral posted a re-labeled version of Pat Cross's comic "Under Duress"[8] to Twitter with the speech bubble changed to, "who was in paris?" garnering over 74,000 likes and 5,400 retweets in 5 days (shown below, right).


who was in paris? CANCEL CULTURE SCIENCE

Many Twitter users made posts reacting comically to the question. For example, on December 6th, roachswallower posted a photo of streamer Ninja next to the Eiffel Tower under the caption, "I finally found out who was in Paris" (shown below, left). On December 7th, KirklundTheKid posted an image of Kanye and Jay-Z photoshopped to look white with the overlaid caption "Gentlemen in Paris" and the tweet caption, "Oh ur a kanye fan? Who was in Paris?" Non-black people:" (shown below, right).


mid 000 @roachswallower I finally found out who was in Paris koma 000 @KirklundThekid "Oh ur a kanye fan? Who was in Paris?" Non-black people: GENTLEMEN @irtelligence.arena IN PARIS

Various Examples


gaygor 000 @gaygorlive hoes be like, "who was in Paris"? Kanye and Jay Z obv GLOAN B-DEZ IARRIS 2ONO Meme Page @kengirighttiddy 000 "Oh, since you're so smart, why don't you tell me this. Who was in Paris?" Cancel Culture White People 000 @fluffes me: who was in paris the nonblack mutual i've chosen as my victim: Connor Gregory @officialcgmedia 000 Me after responding to the question "who was in paris" WHY ARE YOU BOOING ME? I'M RIGHT. Aleksandra @Aleks7227 000 When youre a white Kanye fan and someone asks who was in paris 000 @AngellsSleepyy Oh, you're a Kanye west fan huh.... who was in Paris? *points gun* LE

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