McKayla Is Not Impressed
August 6, 2012—November 16, 2012
Cause of Death: Cheeky photo op with leader of the free world
McKayla Is Not Impressed was born at the medal ceremony for the women's gymnastics vault in the 2012 Summer Olympics. McKayla Maroney, the predicted winner of the event, appeared less than enthused about her silver medal.
The resulting meme became more than just a photo – it was a movement. It spawned over 300,000 tumblrs and 6 million photoshopped portraits, depicting McKayla alongside late-‘12 pop culture icons such as Mars Rover, Botched Jesus Painting, and Cat-copter.
The meme died suddenly over the weekend after a long battle with overexposure. McKayla Maroney being photographed in the White House with 44th U.S. president Barack Obama was the highest climax the meme could reach, and without anywhere to go but down, it simply expired.
McKayla Maroney asks that you remember her meme fondly, and not to be afraid when ghosts of the meme resurface 6 months from now in Jay Leno's monologue.