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This Art Student Trolled Her Professor By Including A Hidden Message In Her Painting

"You got me fucked up."

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Ali told BuzzFeed News that she incorporated the message into her painting because she was "high key salty about all the work that was piled upon us."

Lama Ali

She said she was working in the library when the idea dawned upon her.

"After being on maximum overdrive for that long, the only thing that kept repeating in my head was ‘you got me fucked up’,” she said. "And then I decided to write it in sign language so it would be less detectible."

Ali then posted her painting on Twitter as a joke expecting to “receive a few little giggles here and there," but did not expect to go viral. It has since been retweeted more than 47,000 times.


Ali said her professor was not aware of the hidden message and “absolutely loved” her painting.

She said that she was surprised that none of her classmates slipped up and laughed during critique when the professor asked her about the hand symbols.

She added that she instead “BS-ed an excuse” and said that she wanted to challenge herself by drawing some hand symbols because she sucks at drawing hands.

"The secret is still safe," she said.


Ali requested that BuzzFeed News remove the name of her university for privacy concerns. This post has been updated to reflect that.

Kassy Cho is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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