April 9 2017
By 11 a.m. (ET) that same day, the face had been posted to 4chan’s /v/ (video games) board, followed by similar posts on /sp/ (sports) and /b/, where numerous users were eventually banned (shown below, right) for spamming the boards with the emoticon. A screenshot of these bans was also shared on FunnyJunk, where it earned 3900 points and gained more than 101,000 views.
Redditor Dogcatcher1979 submitted a post titled “So I guess this is a thing now?” to the /r/4chan subreddit at approximately 3 p.m. EST, which included a screenshot of the face being used in a 4chan thread (shown below, right). In the post, Redditor 8-bit_d-boy commented that the face resembled the children’s television show character Bob the Builder. By 4 p.m. EST, 4chan users had raided the /r/Israel subreddit (shown below, left), with some users referring to the emoticon as “le Palestine face.” Text Face
Also on November 18th, World of Warcraft Forums member Kuallius submitted a post titled “The Sha of Casuals ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)” and YouTuber cubegoat uploaded a video titled “( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)” (shown below, left). On the following day, cubegoat uploaded another video titled “Fresh ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) of /b/el Air,” featuring various animated versions of the emoticon accompanied by the theme song for the 1990’s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (shown below, right). As of November 29th, there are more than 1450 search results for “( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)” on YouTube.