‘Phelps Face’ Is the Best Meme of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
U.S. champion swimmer Michael Phelps, he of the 23 Olympic medals and 8,000 signature headphones, was waiting to swim in the men's 200m butterfly semi-finals when it appears he saw something he didn't like. Or rather, someone he didn't like: South African swimmer Chad le Clos, who bested Phelps in the category finals in 2012. As le Clos...warmed up? shadowboxed a ghost? in front of him, we, as a nation, were gifted with Phelps' unwavering glare.
Or maybe Phelps was just listening to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" really loudly on repeat and spacing out as he psyched himself up. That face, though.
Soon everyone on Twitter was concocting their own reasons for making #PhelpsFace, from horrible news to petty grievances to frankly tiresome connections to the 2016 presidential race. Apparently cartoonish misery is highly relatable! (Phelps took second place, by the way; le Clos placed fourth).
Check out a roundup of some of our favorites below.