Turns out, Michael Phelps is an instant meme and you don’t even have to add water. While sitting and waiting to swim in the Men’s 200 butterfly semifinal tonight, he donned his signature Beats headphones and pulled up his hood while getting into the zone. Nearby, though, rival South African swimmer Chad le Clos was jauntily shadow boxing right in front of Phelps. Who looked, well, less than thrilled.
Despite the nearby commotion, Phelps remained completely unfazed. The internet took notice — it was impossible not to notice! — and, of course, began to meme. There was the Michael Phelps Gas Face:
boomer: "dad i pooped"— Amanda Lucci (@alucci) August 9, 2016
michael phelps: pic.twitter.com/FMT3vgB17o
When you're listening to Sweeney Todd and it gets to "AT LAST! MY RIGHT ARM IS COMPLETE AGAIN!" pic.twitter.com/HIGfY8MaZd— Ira Madison III (@ira) August 9, 2016
The Michael Phelps Side Eye:
When you're the real Slim Shady but someone else stood up. pic.twitter.com/CtQTu7FXEa— B®endan (@ChiBDM) August 9, 2016
Another look at Michael Phelps getting ready for his race ... pic.twitter.com/g6EptLjVq9— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) August 9, 2016
ENHANCE pic.twitter.com/nYp47YSAFc— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) August 9, 2016
Following the semifinals — Phelps took second, while le Clos clocked in behind him in third place — Phelps swore to NBC that he wasn’t paying any attention to le Clos. “I was trying not to really even look at him, ” Phelps said. “He does his thing and I do my thing.” I guess in this case “my thing” is unbelievable mean mug.