PSA: The Worst Photo Pose Ever

I don’t have a picture of it because I don’t like taking photos of it. There is no doubt in my mind you have seen it before – group of friends get together (usually asian) to take a photo. everyone’s smiling and being fun, and then someone whips out the peace sign before the shutter clicks.

I hate the asian peace sign pose.

I get that it’s one of the things asians like, but still. its ridiculous. you look ridiculous.

I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I don’t have any asian friends, what do you mean “asian peace sign pose”?

do a simple google search and you’ll find ’em.

I’m not saying I hate peace, just the peace sign in photos that are pretty much out of context. if you’re at some kind of rally or in the middle of some kind of riot, the peace sign might not be a bad idea – and those photographs are probably likely to get recognized by magazines or other humanitarian effort. posing at a restaurant and trying to be cute is not a humanitarian effort.

becoming the second definition from urban dictionary is the unfortunate outcome of such ubiquity.

someone credits the 1972 Sapporo Olympics for the first usage of the asian peace sign. but the original context was at the OLYMPICS – a world symbol of peace and games. According to the same guy, japanese ads and posters of the (asian) Olympian holding up the peace sign made it so popular everyone in Asia wanted to copy it in photos. thanks Japan, for another great idea.

so whether it is the “cool” thing to do, or you think it makes you look “super cute” in photos – please be aware that this pose can generate some overall negative impressions as well:

– FOB
– “hello kitty” girls
– assimilation/copying everyone else
– narcissism

please stop. you’re making it easier for people to make fun of us as a whole for picking up a trend and taking it out of context to make the original trend lose all its meaning/message.

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2 Comments

  1. gp
    Posted November 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I say you need to shut your trap and let people express themselves however they wish.

  2. not gp
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Wade is right, I’m a player hater too simply because its all played out.
    Its would be just as bad as if they all did the thumbs up, too much of one thing.
    Being different adds flavor to bland photos.

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