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Man's awkward 'StarbucksDrakeHands' pickup attempt goes viral

Oct. 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM ET

Last week, 30-year-old Brody Ryan made a now-infamous romantic blunder when he sent an Instagram video of himself to 20-year-old Piper Kennedy, a model he met in a Starbucks. Apparently trying to play coy, Ryan recorded himself brushing his fingers seductively against his brow while flashing a shy smile. Naturally, Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” was playing in the background.

As one might imagine, Ryan did not successfully woo the girl. Instead, Kennedy passed the selfie along to a couple of friends, who posted it online. And that’s where Ryan became known as the inventor of the “StarbucksDrakeHands” move.

Video: TODAY’s Willie Geist, Al Roker and Natalie Morales chat about the buzziest topics of the day, including the #starbucksdrakehands trend and Natalie’s attempt to get in on the trend.

Since the original posting, scores of other people, from cats to babies, have parodied his handiwork, posting short videos on Instagram with the hashtag #starbucksdrakehands.

“I thought this was a perfume commercial at first,” Natalie joked on TODAY Wednesday, of the awkward pickup attempt.

She even tried her own version of the move, which didn’t sit so well with Al and Willie.

“You were going on a little too long,” Al said with a chuckle. “That was about three seconds too long.”

Then Natalie pointed out that Ryan's wooing strategy was problematic from the start. 

"Would you ever pick someone up at a Starbucks?" she asked. "I mean, come on."

Check out other 'Drake hands' spoofs from Instagram, and send us yours!


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