World’s hottest mug shot is most depressing meme ever

Ladies, you can stop "swooning" now

Topics: Jeremy Meeks, Going Viral, Facebook,

World's hottest mug shot is most depressing meme everJeremy Meeks (Credit: AP/Stockton Police Department)

In a week that’s seen George Will dropped from a major outlet and Dov Charney canned from American Apparel, a week in which somebody finally called Dr. Oz on his BS and Scott Walker on his and the Redskins on theirs, one in which we became one state closer to sodomy for all, perhaps it was inevitable we’d be due for a cultural intellectual step backward. And his name is Jeremy Meeks.

To be fair, it’s not Jeremy Meeks’ fault. The 30-year-old California man was arrested Wednesday and is currently facing five weapons charges and one gang charge. He’s also now a viral star thanks to that SCORCHING HOT mug shot the Stockton Police Department posted Wednesday. It was supposed to be just an update on its Weston Ranch “Operation Ceasefire enforcement mission,” a notification of four felony arrests and four confiscated firearms. But come on. Look at those dreamy blue eyes. Those pillowy lips. That teardrop tattoo.  The whole Hey Girl tilt of his head. He’s everything you’d want in a in a convicted felon. Operation Ceasefire? More like Operation Panty Drop, MIRITE? Before long, the Stockton Police Facebook page was stampeded with traffic, and Meeks and his mug shot had joined the ranks of the Old Spice Man and Ridiculously Photogenic Guy in the sexiest meme Hall of Fame.



Over 50,000 shares and 16,000 comments from instant admirers noting, “If he broke into my house, I don’t know who should be more afraid” and saying that he’s “just making my dreams come true, a bad beautyfull [sic] guy,” Meeks is suddenly famous. He’s already got his own Facebook fan page, which, while not the $900,000 in bail money the judge set for him this week, is something. The local jail staff reports that women around the country are calling the jail where he’s being held to express their support — and leaving their numbers. You’ve got to wonder how embarrassing this all is for him. And I don’t mean the weapons arrest.

Three other men were nabbed in the same bust, and all of them have their fans as well. Baby-faced Juzri Coleman and the soul patch-sporting Terry Bailey have earned a few “This one is more my type” comments on Facebook — even the salt-and-peppered, “Shawshank thang going on” Joelin Coleman has managed to elicit a little good-natured squealing, but none can hold a handle to Meeks in fangirl excitement. If this bunch were N’Sync, “Dreamy McMugshot” would be Justin Timberlake.

As his fame has spread, the commentary around him has become more deliberately jokey and absurd, but the headlines that “Women around the world swoon” and “Ladies love this felon’s mugshot” and “World’s most photogenic criminal has the ladies swooning” have certainly done their bit to give the mainstream media a chance to make our gender look a little dumber. Sure, there’s something inherently laughable about a man a colleague described on Friday as “preposterously handsome” and a photograph that might otherwise be right at home in a Dolce & Gabbana ad campaign appearing instead on a mug shot. It also certainly suggests that whoever is behind the camera at the Stockton Police Department has a great eye. But when you’re finished fanning yourselves, all, just note that Stockton Police Officer Joseph Silva told the AP this week he’s also “one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area.” He reportedly has six prior felonies. Hot or not? I don’t even want to have to explain why this is yet another messed-up example of women participating in our own degradation.

Meeks is to be arraigned Friday afternoon. Sorry, girls, but depending on how the California justice system proceeds, it looks like he may be off the market for a while after that. And whether you’re super-good-looking or not, as a local woman told the CBS News in Sacramento, “It’s just a shame all of that’s going to waste.”

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of "Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream." Follow her on Twitter: @embeedub.

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Burger King Japan

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.

    Elite Daily/Twitter

    2014's fast food atrocities

    McDonald's Black Burger: Because the laws of competition say that once Burger King introduces a black cheeseburger, it's only a matter of time before McDonald's follows suit. You still don't have to eat it.

    Domino's

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.

    Arby's/Facebook

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Arby's Meat Mountain: The viral off-menu product containing eight different types of meat that, on second read, was probably engineered by Arby's all along. Horrific, regardless.

    KFC

    2014's fast food atrocities

    KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.

    Taco Bell

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.

    Michele Parente/Twitter

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.

    Taco Bell

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.

    Pizzagamechangers.com

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Boston Pizza's Pizza Cake: The people's choice winner of a Canadian pizza chain's contest whose real aim, we'd imagine, is to prove that there's no such thing as "too far." Currently in development.

    7-Eleven

    2014's fast food atrocities

    7-Eleven's Doritos Loaded: "For something decadent and artificial by design," wrote one impassioned reviewer, "it only tasted of the latter."

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

Loading Comments...