A longstanding presidential tradition is the official presidential portrait.
To be the artist chosen to paint the commander in chief is a huge honor. In this day and age, almost anyone can snap a photo of someone (although let's be real, great photographers can make you look really good) but to be painted, because it takes so much time and effort, is a big deal.
Plus, there's the added touch of being painted in a way that the individual artist sees or wants to see you. That subjectivity, along with particular artistic choices, yields completely different visions from different artists.
Barack Obama selected Kehinde Wiley, a professional painter from Yale, who's known to paint African American figures against colorful backdrops. Obama unveiled the portrait at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.
Here's our 44th President, in all his foliage backdrop glory.
However people noticed something about Obama's official portrait: it bore a striking resemblance to a popular Simpsons meme, of Homer walking backwards into bushes.
It gave his haters perfect meme material.
The memes went kind of off the rails.
Some people noticed stunning similarities to other popular works of art.
While others were surprised Obama's portrait was set in Wrigley field.
Barack wasn't the only Obama with a commissioned portrait.
Former First Lady, Michelle, selected Baltimore artist Amy Sherald to paint her likeness, which was unveiled as well.
Barack gushed about how wonderful he thought the piece turned out.
But the internet wasn't so enamored with the piece.
While others felt bad for even commenting on the quality of the painting.
Remember: Making fun of Michelle Obama’s ugly portrait is racist. Everything is racist. You racist.— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) February 12, 2018
Lots of people were saying that Michelle's painting looks nothing like her.
I don’t think Michelle Obama’s official portrait actually looks like her— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 12, 2018
Others defended Michelle's portrait, saying it's in line with Sherald's other work.
But it hasn't stopped people from roasting it nonetheless.
#MondayMotivation— 💫𝓐𝓶𝓮𝓻𝓲𝓬𝓪𝓷 𝓜𝓪𝓶𝓪 (@1AmericanMama) February 12, 2018
Just a question.... does this artist also do sculptures? If so, did she also do the 1st statue of Lucille Ball... b/c it looks nothing like her also... just like this portrait looks nothing like Michelle Obama! pic.twitter.com/VsDCciAd7j
People can roast the pictures all they want, but I can't. I mean there's no way I could do any better. Besides, my favorite kind of artwork is anything with '80s geometric designs and palm trees, so I can't really judge.
There are plenty of ways to troll a sleeping friend while on a road trip. My personal favorite is parking the car in front of a light pole or a wall, flashing your lights, and having everyone in the car at the same time scream their heads off as if you're all about to die.
That's one way to wake them up.
But Eria found a different approach to trolling her boyfriend, Scott, that had a much longer effect: she enlisted the help of the I'm Telling God Facebook group in roasting him mercilessly for his soporific ways. As a result, the 'Sleepy Scott' meme was born.
If you were like pretty much everyone in the world, you were probably let down by the fact that Croatia didn't have their storybook ending in taking home first place in the 2018 World Cup. Sure, France had an amazing team and all that, and the contest's youngest MVP player, Mbappé, even donated all of his winnings from the tournament to charity—so I guess it's hard to be too upset with the competition's end result.
And even though everyone played their hearts out (except Egypt, I mean, they went again Saudi Arabia and the results were just embarrassing), there was a clear winner this World Cup and it actually wasn't even any of the teams. S
ure there's a first, second, and third place result, but all of those accomplishments pale in comparison to the wonderful memes that sprung up as a result of this glorious tournament.
More than a few were thanks to Brazil's Neymar.
I grew up in a marginally superstitious family who brought some beliefs and hocus-pocus superstitions from the old country. I couldn't make too much noise late at night for fear of attracting a "jinn." I couldn't point at cemeteries or stare into a mirror for too long or my face would become deformed, and heaven help me if I was ever mean to or disobeyed my parents or grandparents, because then I'd be looking at a cursed life that would ruin me until the day that I died.
But the idea of "back luck" or stepping on cracks, walking under ladders, or stealing a black cat's macchiato isn't something that my family really bought into. Sure, we believed in supernatural stuff and the idea that karma gets back around to mess with you or your kids, but "bad luck"?
No honey, it isn't luck that's ruining your life, it's an unseen species of metaphysical monsters that exist in a different plane we know little about—but they are mentioned in the Quran, so be careful!
There are phenomena so unfortunate that simply looking at images of them will cause the same bad luck to befall you. So on this Friday the 13th, gaze upon these pictures with extreme caution.