The Keanu meme in the news

Monday, June 14, 2010

From The Guardian: Keanu Reeves: an outpouring of love:
When a photo surfaced last week of him perching on a park bench, eating a sandwich, looking just a tiny bit morose, the internet went wild. Bloggers typed out a torrent of warmth, the Twitterers tweeted their larksong of love. It was as though the world had suddenly awoken to the ideal espoused in Reeves's Bill and Ted movies: "Be excellent to each other."

A thread started on Reddit, running to thousands of comments, including anecdotes of Reeves's incredible generosity. There were stories of him taking out stage hands for free lunches, giving a poor crew member a $20,000 (£16,500) bonus, stopping to help a woman jumpstart her car. People began Photoshopping the original image of Reeves into other photographs – surrounded by a furry army of cats, for instance. A website was started called "Thank you, Keanu Reeves!", with people praising the actor for his sincerity, his films, his sterling work as a representative of his childhood home, Canada. And the proposals also began for a Keanu Reeves day, to be held tomorrow. On the Facebook page for "Cheer up Keanu day" it was explained that people should send "letters, emails, gifts and any other niceties and kind words to a real bro, Keanu Reeves".
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