A brand-new Sad Ben Affleck meme was born two weeks ago when Ben Affleck was photographed on a Hawaiian beach staring off pensively into the distance. He also happened to be shirtless, which gave us all a great view of his massive angry rainbow birds back tattoo, thus settling once and for all whether it was real or fake. Ben briefly tweeted about said tattoo, but it wasn’t to defend himself from his own terrible judgement. It was to defend himself against what he thought was a mean-spirited article by The New Yorker.
A week after the pictures hit the internet, The New Yorker wrote a piece called The Great Sadness of Ben Affleck. In it they joke that Ben’s gaze was “obscure and empty,” and that some might describe his outward-pooching gut as “Homer Simpsonesque.” Ben responded to The New Yorker’s story today by tweeting that he’s just fine.
@NewYorker I’m doing just fine. Thick skin bolstered by garish tattoos.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) March 29, 2018
I don’t mind this self-aware Ben Affleck, although I am a little surprised by how level-headed his response was. The New Yorker read Ben to filth. I honestly would have expected an Affleck revenge plot to involve Ben standing outside The New Yorker’s offices with little brother Casey, screaming, “Get out he-yah and say it to my face, ya facks!” while holding baseball bats, all tuned up on a case of Sam Adams.