The shruggie or “smugshrug,” as it is sometimes called, is an emoticon representing the face and arms of smiling person with hands raised in a shrugging gesture, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. It’s similar to an emoji or emoticon, but it incorporates characters from the katakana alphabet for a wider range of expression.
t went viral in English when, after Kanye West shot down Taylor Swift in favor of Beyonce during his infamous 2010 Video Music Awards interruption, he gave a little shrug with his hands outstretched in a slight acknowledgement of his own ridiculousness; the rap crew Travis Porter immediately tweeted, “Kanye shrug —> ¯\_(ツ)_/¯” as a crude representation of the gesture.
2010年MTV音乐录影带大奖颁奖典礼现场，坎爷Kanye West打断泰勒·斯威夫特的演讲，并表示对碧昂斯的支持，之后，他微微耸肩，两手摊开，一副对自己的荒谬举动小得意的样子。饶舌歌手Travis Porter立马发了一条推特“坎爷耸肩—> ¯\_(ツ)_/¯”，用一组符号表示了他当时的动作。
For a time, post-Kanye, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ continued to represent a kind of self-aware victory over the world.
When someone performs ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ in real life, shrugging their shoulders and raising their outstretched hands in supplication to the sky it evokes an abdication of blame and a good-humored acknowledgement that shit, at times, happens, and there’s nothing we can do about it.