TIME Basketball

A Teen Tried the ‘What Are Those?’ Shoes Meme On Michael Jordan

Unfortunately, Jordan was shod in some of the most coveted sneakers on Earth at the time

In case you, like this writer, are not aware of the “What Are Those?!” meme, it’s an increasingly popular trend on video-sharing sites like Vine and Instagram where a person wearing dirty, unkempt or off-brand (read: lame) shoes is publicly shamed — like, hundreds of thousands of views shamed.

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But when you try and snare basketball demi-god Michael Jordan into that trap, as one young man did during a Q&A at the Michael Jordan Flight School summer camp, be prepared to have the shame handed back to you with interest.

“I have one question for you,” 17-year-old Bryce Lyle asked the 52-year-old Hall-of-Famer, following it up with “What Are Those?!” and sending the young crowd into peals of laughter.

Jordan looked confused, asked someone what it meant, and after admitting that he’s “lost in that Vine stuff,” delivered a kingly reply.

“What are those? These are 29 Lows,” he said, referring to the low-top, still unreleased, super desirable Air Jordan XX9s on his feet as young Lyle writhed on the ground in embarrassment.

Nice try, kid, but you didn’t think you could best His Royal Airness, did you?

TIME celebrities

Memes of Chrissy Teigen Crying at the Golden Globes Are Now a Thing

Model Chrissy Teigen attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party on Jan. 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Jason Merritt—Getty Images Model Chrissy Teigen attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party on Jan. 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The model doesn't mind her teary face

Sorry, Kim Kardashian: Your ugly cry meme is so 2014.

Chrissy Teigen‘s teary face is the latest to dominate the Internet after the model was caught crying on camera while husband John Legend accepted a Golden Globe on Sunday.

Legend, 36, and Common picked up the award for best original song — motion picture for “Glory,” featured in Selma. As the rapper discussed how the film, which chronicles Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight to break down barriers blocking black voters, “awakened my humanity,” Teigen, 29, got emotional — and spawned a new meme.

Her response? She totally embraced it.


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See some of the best Tweets using the model’s cry face below:

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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TIME Sports

Odell Beckham’s Insane Catch Gets the Full Meme Treatment

Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 23, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J.
Al Bello—Getty Images Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 23, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J.

Even Kim Kardashian gets in on the action

On Sunday, the New York Giants’ rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham made an absolutely ridiculous one-armed catch during a game against the Dallas Cowboys.

By making good on that one incredibly unlikely catch, Beckham scored a touchdown, cemented his reputation as a go-to receiver, earned a spot in NFL highlight reels and, naturally, became an Internet meme.

The Internet has Photoshopped Beckham’s three-fingered catch by adding him to everything from the Sistine Chapel to Kim Kardashian’s instantly infamous Paper magazine cover to what could have been a game-changing play against an equally infamous Chicago Cubs’ fan.


Read next: Watch This Ridiculous 1-Handed Touchdown Catch

TIME On Our Radar

An Intimate Portrait of Hillary Clinton in Photographs

TIME contributor Diana Walker spent 20 years documenting Hillary Clinton's rise from First Lady to Senator, Presidential Candidate and, later, Secretary of State. She speaks to TIME LightBox about her experience

Diana Walker’s skill documenting life behind the scenes in Washington D.C. stems directly from her dedication to subjects and her often subtle approach to photography.

“I was trying to be as discreet as possible,” she tells TIME, speaking about stepping into the White House to work on her latest book Hillary: The Photographs of Diana Walker, which saw her turn her lens towards Hillary Clinton.

“I hardly ever spoke unless spoken to — I was not there for myself and I wanted them to ignore me,” she adds. “I used to rewind the film looking down and away from them so that I wouldn’t catch their eye or make them think they had to speak to me.”

Walker worked as TIME’s White House photographer for 20 years, capturing five presidencies. In that time, she also documented luminaries such as Steve Jobs with the same intimacy she often portrayed in the oval office.

Starting in 1993 within the White House’s walls, Walker documented Hillary as she moved from her roles as First Lady, Senator, Presidential Candidate and, later, Secretary of State.


“To have the opportunity to photograph somebody for 20 years is such a gift to a photographer,” Walker says, “Hillary Clinton, it seems to me, means a lot to women today. I think that she represents the opportunities for women in our country.”

Walker photographed Clinton for TIME up until October 2011, when she captured the now-iconic photograph of the Secretary of State putting on her shades to check her phone in the belly of a military C17 aircraft. The photograph later inspired the meme Texts from Hillary.

Is she responsible for Hillary becoming an online icon of cool? “I would love to have that reputation, ” Walker says, laughing. “I think we would all like to be cool at some stage in our lives.”

Diana Walker is a regular contributor to TIME and worked as TIME’s White House photographer for 20 years. You can see more work in her latest book Hillary and The Bigger Picture: Thirty Years of Portraits.

Paul Moakley is TIME’s Deputy Director of Photography.

TIME World Cup

The Best World Cup Meme Was Ripped Off by One of Twitter’s Worst Accounts

The modified Brazilian flag rather accurately summarizes the host country's humiliating 7-1 semifinal defeat to Germany — but who created it?

Brazil lost to Germany in absurd, ridiculous and unprecedented fashion yesterday. The Germans scored five goals in 18 minutes before eventually winning the semifinal matchup 7-1. Predictably, the game provided everyone with anguished photos, clever headlines and tweets. Lots and lots of tweets. 35.6 million of them, per Twitter data. But one amusing take stood out above all the others:

Now under ideal circumstances, this altered version of Brazil’s flag would be lauded for its creativity and flawless execution, and @zoowithroy would be the one getting all the credit. That’s how it’s supposed to work. Unfortunately, self-described entertainment website Men’s Humor had other ideas. The #brand (for lack of a better term) tweeted the image from its Twitter account to its 3.13 million followers, but left out one very important detail: any sort of credit.



Predictably, Mr. Zoo With Roy wasn’t too pleased about this, and rightfully called out Men’s Humor (best known for tweets like this and this — and other that are far more offensive) for its appropriation of his content. Men’s Humor eventually pulled the tweet, but offered no sort of public apology or retraction for not providing credit for the image in the first place. Men’s Humor did not respond to request for comment.

Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot to be done about all this. Anonymous Twitter accounts like Men’s Humor that make a business out of clicks don’t have any interest in crediting anyone else with the work that they steal — it only muddles their otherwise pristine tweets. But it’s encouraging that the outrage over the theft reached the point that Men’s Humor felt compelled to delete the tweet. Brazil likely wishes it had that option for yesterday’s semifinal.


The Origins of Slender Man, the Meme That Allegedly Drove 12-Year-Olds to Kill

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Dan Kitwood—Getty Images Yasmin Ouard poses as Slenderman from the series Mobile Hornets ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo

The mythology behind the meme that allegedly inspired two 12-year-old girls to attempt murder

A pair of 12-year-old girls allegedly tried to stab their friend to death Saturday, apparently to prove their loyalty to an Internet urban legend known as “Slender Man.” Following Monday’s initial court proceedings, in which one of the accusers conceded her actions were “probably wrong,” many people have been left wondering about the Internet meme that led two girls to attempt to kill their friend.

Slender Man is an urban legend who was born and bred on the Internet. The thin and faceless figure was first created by Eric Knudsen — better known by his online persona Victor Surge — in 2009, according to web culture database Know Your Meme. Knudsen concocted the character as part of a “paranormal pictures” photoshop contest hosted on The Something Awful forums.

Knudsen and others who embraced the Slender Man mythology crafted it as a mysterious, suited creature with a lanky form, tentacle arms, and propensity to stalk and torment seemingly random children. Slender Man’s victims are often portrayed as being plagued by a “Slender sickness”—resulting in paranoia, nosebleeds, and nightmares—before taken to the woods to be murdered.

The Slender Man stories proliferate on various online forums. Slender Man is the subject of alternate reality games, wiki pages and numerous Slenderblogs. There’s also a series of YouTube videos that follow the Slender Man myth in Blair Witch-esque short films. The channel has 379,000 subscribers; the videos been viewed more than 73.5 million times. The legend has even inspired fan art and cosplay:

The two accused pre-teens told police that they felt as if they had to “kill their friend to prove themselves worthy of him,” the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports. While one of the girls was surprised by the suggestion to kill, she was also “excited to prove skeptics wrong and show that Slender Man really did exist.”

The girls apparently found Slender Man lore on CreepyPasta, a site which encourages readers to spread creepy stories. CreepyPasta gave its condolences to the families in a statement Tuesday morning, but it argued that “most people don’t watch Hannibal and turn into serial killers.”

TIME Crime

‘Slender Man’ Internet Meme Inspires Two 12-Year-Olds To Attempt Murder

The two girls are accused of luring their friend into the woods and stabbing her 19 times, to prove their loyalty to a fictional character made popular by an online urban legends forum

Two 12-year-old girls from Waukesha, Wis. were charged as adults Monday for the attempted first-degree intentional homicide of another 12-year-old. Police say the crime was inspired by the horror mythology of Slender Man, an urban legend that gained wings as an online meme.

The victim, also 12, was found Saturday collapsed on the sidewalk, suffering from 19 stab wounds, after she had managed to crawl out of the woods. She had been invited to one of the accused killer’s house under the guise of a birthday sleepover. According to police, however, the attackers had been planning her murder for months as a tribute to the fictional character Slender Man.

The victim was rushed to the hospital when found and was in serious but stable condition Monday.

The pre-teens discovered Slender Man on urban legend wiki Creepypasta. The character has inspired art, a YouTube mockumentary, cosplay, and an alternate reality game.

According to online mythology, Slender Man is a tall, faceless, figure who stalks, abducts, and psychologically terrorizes people—particularly children. One of the girls allegedly told police that they believed they were acting as Slender Man’s “proxies” by killing their friend to prove their loyalty. They were then planning to run to what they believed was Slender Man’s nearby mansion.

“It was weird that I didn’t feel remorse,” one of the girls reportedly told police.

According to Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, if the girls are moved to juvenile court, the maximum penalty would be incarceration until 25 years of age.

[Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel]

TIME the backstory

The Photograph That Has Everyone Texting Hillary Clinton

On April 4, the Tumblr Texts from Hillary launched a now-viral political meme of imaginary correspondences to the Secretary of State in her sunglasses.

Post Updated April 10, 2012:

From glitter-bombs to meetings inside the White House Situation Room, politicians are prone to becoming Internet memes in this digital age. Hillary Clinton became the latest example last week, when a black-and-white image of the Secretary of State, in stylish shades, looking at her phone went viral through a Tumblr page called Texts From Hillary. Elsewhere, we found companies like Bravo who posted a version of the image on its Facebook page, with language promoting their reality series, The Real Housewives of D.C. The images are being shared on countless Facebook pages and social media outlets everywhere.

The buzzed-about image was actually taken by Diana Walker on assignment for TIME back in October 2011. In fact, Walker, who worked as TIME’s White House photographer for 20 years under Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, was recently awarded the Luce Lifetime Achievement Award for her remarkable contributions to political photography, of which the Clinton picture is just one example. Taken during a weeklong trip with the Secretary of State for a TIME cover story, Walker’s image shows Clinton reading her mobile phone upon departure in a military plane bound for Tripoli, Libya on Oct. 18, 2011. A similar image by Kevin Lamarque of Reuters, who was also on the trip, is being also being used on the Tumblr.

Today businesses everywhere benefit from social media’s incredible power to drive traffic to their own web sites, and it’s a vital if not necessary means of distributing information, advertising and entertainment on the web. Diana Walker’s photo is by no means the first image to be used in this way, but it again raises many questions about the ease of appropriation on the Internet. In the case of Texts from Hillary, is Walker’s photograph fair game for political satire? When do you actually cross the line from satire to sharing… to stealing?

On TIME photo’s website and TIME branded social media, we always aim to credit photographers, promote their work and link back to the original source, but today there are no clear rules to follow. (Case in point: we don’t know where all the photos from Texts from Hillary, used in this gallery, originated.) At TIME we established our own standards to treat photographers fairly, but should clearer laws be made? We’d like to hear what you think about this issue in the current age of new social media. Please add your comments below.

If you’re wondering what the Secretary of State thought about the all the buzz surrounding Texts from Hillary, just visit the Tumblr’s creator Adam Smith’s Twitter feed. Today, Hillary Clinton met with the two developers of the web parody, Stacy Lambe and Adam Smith, both Washington-based communications advisers.

Afterward, Clinton posed with Lambe and Smith and even signed a copy of her “Text from Hillary” submission: “Thanks for the many LOLZ Hillary ‘Hillz.”

Text by Feifei Sun, Associate Editor and Paul Moakley, Deputy Photo Editor, TIME.

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