As soon as Apple introduced AirPods in December 2016, they almost immediately become the new must-have tech accessory. Two-and-a-half years later, seeing people wearing the wireless headphones that respond to touch and voice command is not an unusual sight. Given the their popularity, you might be surprised to learn someone was spotted wearing the iconic earbuds upside down and in the wrong ears. Yes, you heard that loud and clear, folks — if you haven’t already seen these tweets about wearing upside-down AirPods, you’ll probably relate to the mass confusion that hit Twitter after the picture went viral.
The morning of Saturday, June 1 was apparently a rough one for Casey Newton, the creator of online social newsletter The Interface. Per Newton’s tweet, he caught a glimpse of someone wearing upside-down AirPods upon hopping onto San Francisco’s metro system, and he tweeted out that he was "absolutely shaken" by the sight. In the photo shared with the tweet, you can see someone wearing the AirPods flipped upside down in their ears. Of course, no one knows if it was by accident or just the way that individual rolls, but Newton and people on Twitter alike were totally shocked.
Newton’s caption reads, "Absolutely shaken by the way this man on Muni is wearing his AirPods," and like, I get it. That has to be one of the single most disturbing images I’ve ever seen. Hyperbole aside, given how ubiquitous AirPods are, it’s definitely odd to see someone switching it up by putting them in the wrong ears to wear them upside down.
As you would probably imagine, Twitter was not thrilled by the sight of this, either. It received a ton of incredibly negative responses, as you can see below.
Others simply took note of the fact that the person was also wearing their sunglasses backwards. Were they from a different dimension? Maybe they were an alien life form that didn’t come from planet earth? Nobody can be sure, and to be honest, nobody really wants this to stay.
And alas… some people out there in the Twitterverse are actually condoning it. Yes, you heard that correctly, and I’m so upset about it. Twitter users are finding this straight-up hilarious, despite the fact that it’s absolutely terrible.
Well, the bottom line is that I found this seriously disturbing, and it seems like Twitter did, too.
Maybe this person was simply on their way to a Guy Fieri Bar Crawl. Back in 2016, New York City hosted FieriCon, consisting of Guy Fieri enthusiasts that went on a bar crawl in his honor. It started at The Hog Pit and ended at Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar. Onlookers were able to join the crawl at any time, and although dressing like Guy Fieri wasn’t required, it was highly encouraged. This rogue AirPods user would probably have fit in swimmingly.
While I don’t consider myself to be particularly judgmental, I have to say that this is an absolute travesty. Maybe it helped this highly confused AirPods user hear their music a little better… but I’m really not convinced.
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