So it seems that Keanu Reeves was caught in the compromising position of eating a sandwich in public by himself:
and somehow this got interpreted as Keanu feeling sad and down and blue and alone and unemployed and whatev. And an Internet meme was born:
He’s actually not unemployed — he’s got plenty work, the dear — but perhaps the most unexpected thing about this meme is that it’s so sweet. There are many, many mashups featuring kittens trying to cheer Keanu up — see more sweet funny stuff here and here and here — but also the images have inspired fans and those mere mortals who’ve worked with him (such as set builders on his movies) to relate stories about what an awesomely nice guy Keanu is. So many people are eager to share and read stories about what a great guy he is that at least one site — ThankYouKeanu.com — is currently offline, having crashed under the weight of so much traffic.
Anyway, June 15 is Cheer Up Keanu Day — proceeds go to cancer research (Reeves’ sister has been battling leukemia for years).
I didn’t think the Internet had the capacity to surprise me much anymore. It’s nice to be wrong.