An image from a viral GIF of a woman wearing a sweatshop shirt, which is said to be “sweaty” and “sweating” has been trending on social media for the past few days.
But what does it really mean?
According to Indian-language news website Times of India, the meme, which started trending in India’s capital New Delhi on Wednesday, is a reference to the infamous meme known as “sweatshirt”, which has been used to describe the sleeplessness experienced by many Indian women.
The tweet, which has since been deleted, said: “This sweatshirt has been a common sight in Delhi for many years, but has recently become a meme in India.”
The caption for the GIF said: “[The woman] wears this sweatshirt, which was made in sweatshops.
She is sweaty.”
According to India’s Economic Times, the sweatshirt trend began after a popular TV show called “Sweatshop 2.0” aired in February.
The show was filmed in an industrialised area of northern India, and the show’s producers filmed the women wearing sweatshops as part of a project called “Cultural Tolerance”.
The show’s director said the women were photographed in the area and then put in sweatshop-style clothes, with some of the women having their hair dyed to match the clothing they were wearing.
However, the women in the series were not filmed in the same way as the women depicted in the movie.
They were photographed with their hair cropped and styled into their appearance, the report added.
“Cultural tolerance has been very popular in India, but there is a difference between the two images.
People have started comparing the two, as they seem to be wearing similar clothes and wearing the same hairstyles,” said Sridhar Anand, an associate professor of cultural studies at the National Institute of Technology in Bangalore.
He added that the idea of the sweatshop shirts came from a Facebook post from the show producer, who was keen to show his workers how to make their own sweatshop clothes.
“It’s an old meme.
There are still a few things that we still don’t know about it.
But it’s a popular meme in Indian culture, and people are wearing it,” he said.
In March, the social media site Instagram launched a “sweater hat” feature, which allowed users to upload photos of their own creations with a tagline: “I’m a sweatsuit aficionado!”
However, Anand said he did not believe the “sweatershorts” meme had any connection to the movie’s producers, who are known to use humour to communicate with viewers.
“There’s no reason to believe the people who are in charge of making this film were aware of the fact that this meme was in the air, or that this was an image they wanted to create,” he told Al Jazeera.
“I don’t think there’s any direct connection between the sweatshirts, the ‘sweatshop’ meme, and anything in the film.
It’s just an image that was created in the imagination of one person.”
However, “Sweatershirts” actress Sreenivasan Chatterjee, who is also known for her roles in the popular series “Anees” and the comedy “Kadai Kiya”, told the Times of Indian that the meme could be used as a way to make fun of Indian women who are seen as “over-shirking”.
“If a woman in India doesn’t do yoga or something, she’ll be called a ‘sweater’,” she said.
“A lot of the girls who are the ‘trending’ in India are so over-shying that they don’t even try to fit in with the culture of India,” she said, adding that it was important to understand the cultural differences between India and the United States.
“You’re only human.
So why don’t you try to get better at it?
So people in the West can learn from us, you know?”