Michael Jordan may be the greatest basketball player of all time, but the "Crying Jordan Meme" may be the greatest meme of all time. It's not going away any time soon, despite how much "His Airness" may dislike it. And it appears as if he is not a big fan.
His good friend Charles Oakley told TMZ that Jordan does not like the Crying Jordan Meme. That's not surprising, given how competitive Jordan is, and how protective of his legacy he's been. People are sharing and using an image of him in an embarrassing manner, in what was an emotional moment, and to boot, he's not making a single dollar off of it.
The meme is sourced from his Hall of Fame induction speech. Which is kind of funny since instead of being teary the whole time he mostly just ripped apart anyone who ever doubted him as if he had a list like in "Kill Bill."
The pain might be real, though, because that was an emotional moment for Jordan. That's a highlight of his life, given what he gave to the sport of basketball and how much it meant to him to reach the hallowed hall. Those moments being exposed to the world and then turned into a joke can be very harmful. Consider what Kevin Durant said about how his "You the real MVP" remark to his mother during his MVP speech became a meme:
"I was like, man, that was a real emotional moment for me, and you making a joke about it! Like: Damn. Y'all don't really believe in shit. You don't have no morals or nothing. You don't care about nothing but just making fun.
"How are you supposed to act in the world, when people feel entitled even to a moment like that?
"I was serious as hell saying that, you know what I'm saying?"
Source: The Flash Forward: Kevin Durant | GQ.
VICE actually talked to several people about what it's like to become a meme and there are real emotional effects to being exposed like that. Some of that is inherent when you're a celebrity, but this is a different matter where an emotional public moment isn't just shared and gawked at, but then extrapolated, and made into a punchline for other people's experiences and particularly in this instance, failures.
No wonder he doesn't like it.
Be sure to check back in 20 years when "weeping Steph Curry" is the newest rage.