Kristin Cavallari tweeted this picture of Jay Cutler with ’80s rocker hair and get-up, along with his meme-appropriate cigarette at a 30th birthday celebration for everyone’s favorite chain-smoking feline quarterback. It’s hilarious on its own and another in a series of instances where Cutler has subtly acknowledged how the Internet makes fun of him.
Cutler might still be someone who would be unpleasant to meet in person (even by his own admission) or to work with, but from a certain remove, he actually becomes likeable. It’s hard to explain. Eventually his over-the-top dickishness combined with a willingness to give no f*cks grows on you. Perhaps it’s that, on some level, we crave an athlete to willingly personify the smug, dismissive jock persona that’s been a totem in pop culture for generations. It also helps that he doesn’t seem to take himself as seriously as he has in the past. Cutty’s behavior may not always be defensible, more often than not it isn’t, but it can still be charming in spite of itself.