You know when someone asks if you’re okay and you say you’re fine, but really, you’re not? That’s kind of what it feels like Ben Affleck is doing right now.
The actor made headlines (and was featured in many a meme) after stepping out on the beach sporting a large, colorful back tattoo of a phoenix rising from the ashes, Harry Potter-style. The tattoo itself wouldn’t be so horrible if it was small, but this monstrosity of a piece spans his entire back. The New Yorker hilariously, yet seriously, delved into the meaning behind the artwork in “The Great Sadness of Ben Affleck:”
“But in the wake of the split from Garner, a recalibration appeared to be taking place. Affleck was older, suddenly flailing; and his enormous, garish tattoo—whether real or not—was the least of it … Affleck has been photographed more than once by the paparazzi, looking despondent. The resulting pictures have become reliable meme-fodder.”
Affleck was none too happy about the feature (uh, duh, it’s called “The Great Sadness”) and tried to defend himself. “I’m doing just fine,” he tweeted back at the publication. “Thick skin bolstered by garish tattoos.”
@NewYorker I’m doing just fine. Thick skin bolstered by garish tattoos.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) March 29, 2018
Is it just me, or does that punctuation suggest otherwise? Just saying. I only use periods in my tweets if I’m not fine.