It all started off as joke amongst friends but it’s evident that this photo has become a true meme. Mike McGee, the man behind the photo, reveals the story behind the image.
Nowadays, the power of social media and the internet is capable of propelling you into a world of fame; in some cases unwanted fame. That’s what happened to Mike McGee. At just 16 years old, he became the main star in the meme dubbed, ‘Trying to hold a fart next to a cute girl in class’.
An overnight internet phenomenon
‘Well the guy who took the picture has been a good friend of mine since I first moved out here to Texas, so he knew I was able to make the face anytime I wanted’ McGee said. ‘So he wanted to make a funny twitter caption and told me to make the face. He posted it and like two or three months after he posted it, it took off’!
So, even though the title of the meme may be factually inaccurate, it still didn’t stop the photo from becoming famous and being remade and reposted by thousands of internet users. Since the photo was originally posted about 4 years ago, it has been reposted relentlessly across almost every single social media outlet in existence. In fact, there are almost 3,000 different versions of the picture, all with different captions! Bonkers!