Did you try typing two \ instead of a single one so that it’s seen as a character and not a command/markup?
Using single backslash: ¯_(ツ)_/¯
Using double backslash: ¯\(ツ)/¯
Thanks, I didn’t know about it.
Use three backslash, like on Reddit, to remove the italic:
Maybe add another backslash before the last underscore, to be extra sure that no underscores are interpreted as italics: