From Antoine Dodson getting his people snatched up, to the infamous “Double Rainbow,” it’s been a hell of a year for Internet memes. Countless man-hours have been wasted both creating and consuming these pointless, yet hilarious endeavors. And while meme topics are as varied as the Internet itself, film and television are continual sources of inspiration. With that in mind, here are the 10 greatest entertainment-related memes of 2010.
Selleck Waterfall Sandwich is exactly what it sounds like: a website with various pictures of actor Tom Selleck standing next to both waterfalls and sandwiches. Apparently the site’s creator knew there was a need for such a thing on the Internet, and the Internet thanked him with tons of traffic. The meme also managed to bring Tom Selleck back into the limelight in a way that no cheesy CBS cop-drama ever could.
Selleck Waterfall Sandwhich 1 – “Blue Bloods” 0
People have a love-hate relationship with Michael Cera. On the one hand, “Arrested Development” was fun to watch. On the other, Michael Cera getting bludgeoned with a pipe would be fun to watch, too. This meme fills the void between those two extremes.
A picture of Cera jumping between two platforms in Norway was the inspiration, and since it hit the net, hundreds of people have used Photoshop to make the actor prance through odd and often dangerous situations. Why is he running? Is he in danger? Will he die? The lack of a definitive answer only adds to the intrigue.
Literally speaking, it was a pretty sad year for Internet memes. Pictures of actors looking sad struck a chord, and led to some incredibly creative content. One example is Sad Don Draper. Once this still of the”Mad Men” character made the rounds, it was only a matter of time until Draper’s face ended up in all sorts of weird places.
The Snooki Crasher
Is “Jersey Shore” still on the air? Is Snooki dead yet? Yes and no? Oh, then while we wait, let’s enjoy these Photoshopped images of America’s favorite guidette troll popping up in places she doesn’t belong. It’s not as dirty as it sounds.
Isaiah Mustafa: Old Spice
Unlike the other items on this list, Isaiah Mustafa‘s Old Spice ads are less of an organic outgrowth of the Internet and more of an ingenious marketing ploy to sell deodorant. Even so, a good idea, is a good idea, and the various videos the company made in reply to Twitter and Facebook questions became more popular than the original commercials. It also led to Mustafa landing movie and television gigs. If that doesn’t pan out, he can always work at county fairs charging $10 a pop to say “Hello Ladies” on people’s voicemails. It works for the “Wussup” guys.
When actor Hugh Jackman was injured while using a zip-line on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” you knew it was only a matter of time before the net responded via Photoshop. After all, that blue-sky background might as well be a green screen. This meme is a relative newcomer, so we may not even see it peak until 2011.
Did the serious acting and bizarre dreamscapes of Inception lend itself to the multi-pane format, or did the film’s popularity simply cause a flood of these comic-style jokes? Who gives a shit. Either way, they’re really funny.
2010 saw Mel Gibson lapse back into his old ways. A series of violent, racist voicemails were released to the tabloids, in which the actor demanded blowjobs from and threatened to kill his now ex-girl friend. Sounds like a typical day at the Screen Junkies office, but I guess it made for a pretty big P.R. problem for ol’ Mel. However, on the plus side, people used the tapes as an excuse to spice up dialogue from Gibson’s older films.
This is the second Inception-inspired meme to crack the top ten. When a random picture of Leo walking confidently around the set was posted on line, it didn’t take long for the actor to turn up strutting his stuff in some very peculiar locations.
Jesus, how many different ways can I say the same thing? Photoshop + Weird Places = Meme.
Show of hands: how many of you have actually seen a Keanu Reeves film made in the past five years? Now, raise your hands if you’ve seen a picture of Sad Keanu? Exactly.
Sad Keanu was arguably the biggest meme of the year, and it’s easy to see why. From eating birds to hanging out with Ro Paul, Sad Keanu took the net on amazing journey. Plus, he also inspired this song, which never fails to bring a tear to my eye.