Sellotape selfies, or “sellofies,” have taken over Twitter — and if you couldn’t think of anything but The State, you’re probably seriously old.
Everyone is saying the #sellofies Sellotape selfie trend — in which users take pics with tape all over their faces — is weird, but it was totally just a redux of this skit from mumblety years ago:
So what is a sellotapefie?
It looks sort of like this:
Für die Selfiefans: GO! GO! GO! RT @MailOnline: This is what’s known as a ‘Sellotape Selfie’ https://t.co/QagE8oa4rq pic.twitter.com/R9LFvE5N6A
— Chris Lietze (@ChrisLietze) March 21, 2014
these sellotape selfies are the best thing i’ve ever seen pic.twitter.com/fhmhLPS7pT
— pringles (@fluorescentjess) March 20, 2014
Tape your face into something monstrous for the latest selfie trend: https://t.co/AOBQhOHo9u pic.twitter.com/hEybcKRs11
— The Daily Dot (@dailydot) March 20, 2014
All together now:
The selfie craze continues. Now people are covering their heads in sellotape… https://t.co/AwFxvrvhDx pic.twitter.com/7sVIfwVVCE
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) March 20, 2014
The terminology is decidedly UK-centric, as the product is one you’d recognize in the US as “scotch tape” or “sticky tape” or just plain tape. Sellotape is the most common brand of this form of adhesive in the UK, hence the catchy portmanteau that doesn’t translate.
But if you’re old enough to remember MTV’s greatest sketch show, you know Sellotape selfies (or sellotapfies) pre-date the internet, and were something that everyone was doing back in 1992. Luckily, selfies were a lot harder to make back then, and no proof exists of most of these unflattering teenage shenanigans.