Crying Nae Nae

Crying Nae Nae

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Crying Nae Nae is an emoji copypasta in which text and emoji are arranged to look like they are performing The Nae Nae dance. However, the faces on the emoji express sadness.


The earliest known instance of the Crying Nae Nae was published by the Twitter [1] account Barstool Old Dominion on June 14th, 2018. The post features a series of emojis dancing the Nae Nae with sad emoji heads as well as the lyrics to "Africa" by Toto". The post (shown below) received more than five retweets and 30 likes in less than 10 days.

It's gonna take a lot to take me away from youuuu There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever dooo Il L I bless the rains down in AFRICAAA


Following the popularity of the original dance, it was not uncommon for someone to recreate the dance in emoji form (examples below).

Now watch me Whip 叩! Now watch me Nae Nae II L


On June 19th, Twitter[2] user @robeeaquino posted a variation in which the text reads, "at the house stage like: Ring ring goes the the telephone. There’s no one home. Operator. We have a problem." The post (shown below, left) received more than 690 retweets and 1,500 likes in one week.

The following day, Twitter[4] user @ufobri posted a variation in which the emoji is saying "you ever wake up and wish you hadn't." The post (shown below, center) 950 retweets and 2,700 likes in less than one week.

Days later, on June 23rd, Twitter[3] @GGFrosteX tweeted the image with the lyrics to the song "Country Road" by John Denver. The post (shown below, right) received more than 5,700 retweets and 17,000 likes in three days.

On June 25th, 2018, Mashable [5] published an article about the emoji.

at the house stage like: Ring ring goes the the telephone There's no one home IIL Operator -лі We have a problem you ever wake up and wish you hadn't II L country roads take me home II L to the place I BELOOOONG

Various Examples

Take you for a ride On my big green tractor I L We can go slow or make it go faster I love the thought of being with you 25 or maybe it's the thought of II L not being so alone! reaching for something in the distance so close you can almost taste it Il L RELEASE YOUR INHIBITIONS FEEL THE RAIN ON YOUR SKIN
rock me mama like a wagon wheel rock me mama any way you feel II L 安| am Il L f----- miserable 叩/ I pull up to the scene Wid a mental illness II L

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