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Imgur account offering badly Photoshopped Michael Cera pictures has closed

We're sinCERAly bummed.


Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 21, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 5:24 am CDT

Fall will be here soon and the days will be much shorter. But with the disappearance of A New Badly Photoshopped Photo of Michael Cera Every Day, the days will feel too long.

On Saturday, Imgur announced that the beloved the account—which provided Cera-hungry fans with a poorly Photoshopped masterwork every day—would cease operations after one year, so the artist can focus on other projects. 

My actual face when I post the last badly photoshopped photo of Michael Cera every day!

The first piece was posted Aug. 21, 2015, and became a contemporary classic.

MRW I post the same photo of Michael Cera (badly photoshopped) every day

The artist claimed he began this project in an effort to refine his Photoshop skills, and so we had the opportunity to see an artist fail and grow in real time. 

MRW I post the same photo of Michael Cera (badly photoshopped) every day

People noticed. People reacted.

MRW somebody threatens to downvote my entire history if I post another photo of MIchael Cera……

MFW someone says they will report all my posts as spam unless I stop…

But eventually people realized this bit of virtual trial-and-error was bigger than just Michael Cera in a red beanie. It brought people together on a more personal level, and the artist used the platform to raise awareness about cancer.

And so the era of badly Photoshopped Cera is over. For now at least.

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*First Published: Aug 21, 2016, 9:04 am CDT