20 Superb Responses To The Annoying Dude Who Tells You To Smile

“Excuse me, Miss… you dropped something.”

Me stopping my busy day to look behind me, slight panic creeping in– what did I drop?!

“You dropped your smile.”

This line is usually reserved for someone pushing 70, but even if it’s the friendliest grandpa in the world, please, I repeat, PLEASE don’t tell me to smile, or to do anything else. Especially if I don’t know you.

Being told to smile is annoying and can make you feel a little self-conscious, perhaps you didn’t know you were wearing a permanent resting B face. Or maybe you prefer that over looking all sunny and inviting (DON’T TALK TO ME!).

Here are some brilliant ways to respond to that annoying guy who tells you to smile, because who gave him the right?!

1. Give him the ugliest smile you’ve got

Then say: “See dude, this is why I don’t smile,” then burst into tears… there’s nothing worse than getting trapped with a crying stranger, jokes on him muhaha

So, why do women get so upset when they are told to smile? Perhaps you’re a nice man who doesn’t understand why a woman would care. After all, you’re only trying to make her smile, and isn’t smiling good for your health?

For one, it’s sexist, even if you don’t mean for it to come across that way.

“Even in the most benign scenarios, it equates to asking a woman to change her behavior or appearance in order to fit what you think is most pleasant,” Karen Fratti writes on Hello Giggles.

Besides, women aren’t running around telling men to smile. When is the last time you heard a woman tell a man she doesn’t know to smile? I honestly can’t think of one instance.

Just like you wouldn’t tell a woman you don’t know what to wear or what to say, you shouldn’t try and dictate the facial expressions she makes.

2. Need this dog in my life

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh wanted to make people think about this form of “street harassment,” which is more common than one might think, and so she started a public art series called Stop Telling Women to Smile.

Fazlalizadeh designs street art posters based on real interviews with women around the world who have experienced street harassment – from being told to smile to being cat called.

The project originated in Brooklyn in 2012 and has been an ongoing work of art ever since.

“Street harassment is a serious issue that affects women world wide. This project takes women’s voices, and faces, and puts them in the street – creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they are so often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe,” writes Tatyana Fazlalizadeh.

3. Don’t you dare smile, just pull this stunt instead…

Back when Hillary Clinton was sweeping the Midwest in the primaries, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough published a tweet telling Mrs. Clinton to smile. He didn’t tell Trump to smile, or any other man for that matter. The tweet sparked a conversation that remains ongoing today.

4. Ain’t nothing wrong with a resting face

Smiling doesn’t mean the same thing in every culture. In fact, a man in New Zealand assaulted a woman after she smiled at him because, as he explained to the authorities, in Malaysia “women who smile are inviting men to follow them.”


6. Excuse me while I resist the urge to punch you in the face

7. Just go “full Stuart”

8. $1 banana slicer coming your way!

9. This doggo gets it

10. You want to see the opposite of smile?

11. What’s there to smile about?! Game of Thrones has gone of its rocker!

12. The most perfect grill for people who deal with this problem on the regular (and don’t have a day job)

13. No means no, but start with an almost-smile, trick him a little

14. Into oncoming traffic you go, that’ll give me something to smile about (insert evil grin)

15. You could always resort to traumatizing him

16. Jack face for you, and you!

17. Don’t remove your teeth, just get those terrible fake teeth at the Halloween store

There is actually a medical condition that prevents people from being able to smile. It’s a rare neurological condition called Moebius syndrome that causes weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles.

So while we should all appreciate our ability to smile (when we want to), it’s a little insensitive for someone to assume you can smile, don’t ya think?

18. I can’t, I just can’t

19. The blood capsule is the perfect solution – easy to find on Amazon too

20. If looks could kill