A meme that originally started in /v/ and arose around September 2006. /v/ is technically a worksafe board, meaning that users are not allowed to post pornography or anything else objectionable by basic standards that, at least according to the standard of "Worksafe", could conceivably get someone fired from their job. However, since /v/ is pretty much /b/ with video games, this rule is unfortunately almost universally disregarded. Thus, whenever someone posts an NSFW picture, it was typical for a user to shout "I JUST GOT PROMOTED" in an ironic sense, meaning to imply that he actually just got fired for looking at porn at work, and that someone else would be promptly promoted to take his spot in the company. It originally started when Black_Knight flooded every NSFW thread with the post "I just got fired asshole," which only egged trolls on to post more NSFW images, much to the dismay of moderators and janitors. Anonymous later latched onto this idea and created the "Promotions" variation as explained above.
For the original "Fired" meme, the most ubiquitous is an image of a sullen, just-fired employee in a yellow shirt carrying out his belongings in a box. Once it morphed into the "Promotions" meme, one image that became popular was the character Phil Ken Sebben from a scene Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, in which he repeatedly yelled "Prooooooomotions!". Both of these, however, are now pretty much defunct and outdated, and are rarely if ever used or seen on the boards anymore.
By far, however, the most popular PROMOTIONS picture ended up being the one that stayed, pictured at the top of the page, known as "Promotions Nigra" (or "Promotions Guy", for those with less of a taste for /b/'s trademark asinine racist humor). Promotions Guy is a singular image of a middle-aged black male employee, triumphantly raising his arms and grinning in self-praise of the fact that he just got promoted. The posting of this image in any non-worksafe thread quickly spread to other worksafe boards, especially on /co/ (which has a particular problem since there is no NSWF board on 4chan that allows images of Western comic books and cartoons), where it has morphed into an offshoot of the Hulkbuster meme.
Promotions guy has received many edits and variations, producing a wide range of versions for a myriad of situations, all with the same meaning: "You're posting NSFW material. Stop it before you get deleted, or promoted". The recurring theme in the edits is the mimicking of the pose, that being the frontward raised arms. Below are some examples of such edits.
- Awesome-kun promoted.jpeg
- Kaz promoted.jpg
- Dark Samus Promoted.jpg
I've been waiting for you, Samus....
- Viral Promoted.gif
Time for some viral marketing.
- Rika Promoted.jpg
"You're gonna' get promoted, Niipaah~!"
- Death Note Promoted.jpg
"With this notebook in my posession, no NSFW poster shall go unpromoted!"
- Star Fox promoted.jpg
I killed your father, Fox....
- Mecha Promoted.jpg
- Unit 01 promoted.jpg
You must'nt run away....
- LCL Promoted.jpg
"Wow, that's some pretty hawt Rei-hentai, I really-"...KERSPLAT!!!!!
- Promotions on Tray.jpg
- Promotions and Special Offers.jpg
"We're going straight-up the corporate ladder!"
- Darker than Balck Promotions.jpg
Darker than Black promotions.
- Promotions Movie.jpeg
Coming to a theater near you...
- Winning the Corporate Race.jpg
Winning the corperate-race never felt so good.
- Eggman Promotion.jpg
You know what happens to Candle-sniffing fuck-fences?
- Dawn promotions.jpg
- Promotions Blingee.gif
- Promotions, Ahaha~.jpg
- Nanaoh Promotions.jpg
- Chef Gordon Ramsey.jpg
- Keiichi promotions.jpg
- Deadpool Promotions.jpeg
- Mexican Promotions.jpeg
- KFC Promotions.jpg
- Hillary Promotions.jpg
- Miku Promotions.jpg
- Darks Promotions.jpg
- Promotions gif.gif
- Chris Benoit Promotions.png
- Guitar Promotions.jpg
- Trump Promotions.png
- Spiral Promotions.png
People have been saying the chan-boards have been in a downward-spiral.
Metallica knows how to promote.
You heard him. Forget about Promotions.
....Did somebody say "Promotions"?
This is your chance.
- Promotions Warning.jpg
F5ING AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT
- Promotions Zone.jpg
Don't become a statistic.
- Abuse promotions.png
Yotsuba & Promotions
Rosario + Vampire promotions
Not just promotions... RAPE PROMOTIONS!!!
Tanaka has a promotion for you! Oh, you won't be able to press that dial!