Dead Smiley

I found this shirt in the mall a few weeks ago and I’ve also seen quite a few people out and about wearing it here in Singapore.

Anyone who has used he internet much has been exposed to “smilies”.  They’re cute icons used to express an emotion in chat.  Sometimes they’re called emoticons.

Given that, what does this shirt say?  A dead smiley = “CHEER YOU UP”?  So, death is the way to be cheered up then is it?

Either people are blissfully unaware of what the smiley means, or there’s just some meaning behind this that I’m totally missing.  It’s not uncommon for Asians who have poor English language ability to wear a shirt with something totally screwy on it, but this should have been pretty easy to steer clear of.