It started with a paparazzi's snapshots of downtrodden-looking "Matrix" star Keanu Reeves, eating a sandwich by himself on a park bench. It snowballed into a movement. An ironic groundswell of hope. And a flurry of Photoshopped shenanigans.
The Sad Keanu Internet meme is in full effect.
According to KnowYourMeme.com, the photos quickly turned up on social sharing site Reddit with the caption: "I really enjoy acting…Because when I act, I'm no longer me." Over the next few days, people began clipping and pasting shots of the bench-ridden Reeves into famous (and infamous) photos and posting them to any site with an audience. Here are some of my favorites, cribbed from a Tumblr site, Sad Keanu, dedicated to the dour dude:
How I Met...Nobody
The Sad Grassy Knoll
And of course, I had to make one, too:
Sharing Rosa Parks' Struggle
Also of note, a campaign sprouted up on Facebook, inviting people to celebrate Cheer Up Keanu Day.
Sadly, it was yesterday. The pain goes on.