Drew Scanlon’s face is synonymous with the by no means ending sense of bewildering disbelief that guidelines the web, and now it’s award profitable.
The Shorty Awards named Scanlon’s face as the Best GIF of 2017 as “Blinking White Man” final evening throughout the annual award ceremony that celebrates web and influencer tradition. Scanlon, a former Giant Bomb character, gained notoriety after a glance of incredulity on his face turned a go-to GIF to summarize response to the information story of the day. No matter what the astonishing story of the day was final yr, from politics to run-of-the-mill bizarre information, Scanlon’s face was positive to make an look in the feedback part of articles or Twitter replies. Even should you don’t know Scanlon’s GIF by title, you’ve completely seen it.
The second was captured in 2013 Giant Bomb stream, 4 years earlier than it might ever transcend the gaming realm and develop into one the most recognizable reactions on the web. Scanlon was watching colleague Jeff Gerstmann play a recreation and couldn’t fairly cover his shock at Gerstmann’s referral to, “spending time farming with my hoe.”
Scanlon later instructed Thrillist that when the crew is streaming they’re “very conscious of the viewers,” and that may probably result in some of their expressions being performed out. The momentary incredulous look that spreads throughout his face is just comical and subdued sufficient to work in just about any state of affairs — however particularly Twitter.
The first time that Scanlon’s face actually turned a worldwide sensation was in February 2017, after a scholar tweeted about taking a biology class. The tweets has been retweeted greater than 60,000 occasions at the time of this writing. It’s largely credited as the cause “white blinking man,” as the GIF is essentially referred to on in style GIF websites like Giphy, turned in style in the first place.
The GIF solely grew from there. Unofficial accounts had been created in its honor, magazines like Cosmopolitan named it one of the most relatable meme and followers on the Giant Bomb boards tracked Scanlon’s rise into notoriety as that white, blinking man on the web. The perturbed look on Scanlon’s face turned an instantaneous and recognizable emotion for the ludicrous yr that 2017 turned.
Perhaps the most attention-grabbing and healthful half of Scanlon’s fame as a meme is that nobody has tried to co-opt it for hateful causes. Scanlon instructed Thrillist he’s greater than conscious of how the web can take one thing, embrace it, and switch one thing innocuous into an indication of hate. His solely hope is that his face — and his incredulous blinking — doesn’t develop into one thing folks study to resent.
“It’s out of my arms,” he stated. “Use it properly.”