Leave it to the Internet to take a kid’s crappy high school graduation photo and turn it into a viral meme overnight. Luckily it wasn’t done with malice — the kid’s photo isn’t ugly or anything, it’s just…well, derpy. Hence the name of the meme “Derploma Guy.” No one’s making fun of him for anything aside from the fact that he’s got serious chipmunk face going on and doesn’t appear to have a neck. Is not having a neck even physically possible? I feel like you could just get rid of your neck and have your food go straight from mouth to stomach without much issue, but then again…wait, that’s off topic.
The kid posted a picture from his graduation ceremony to Imgur on June 4th with the caption “I graduated high school last week, and this picture of me made it into my local newspaper.”
Seriously? The newspaper couldn’t find a better picture to use?
In any case, the picture was genuinely candid enough that it took the Internet by storm…as long as we both agree that Internet storms consist of people making memes all day.
It doesn’t take much to become famous these days anymore. Just make a stupid face for a camera, throw it up on Imgur and with any amount of luck, you’ll be famous…for better or for worse.