While there’s nothing better than someone becoming aware of their own meme and embracing it, I’m sad to say that I am the bearer of bad news today. The above image popped up on Imgur, Memebase and a few other sites yesterday and most people were all like, “Oh snap, Yao Ming has embraced his trollface meme.” I only wish that were the case. Using my keen CSI investigating, it’s pretty easy to tell that it’s just a photoshop, much to the disappointment of every website’s commenters asking, “LOL IZ THIS REELZ?”
It’s even easier if you also know that the photoshop is one of several created by Le Rage Shirts. Trust me, I wanted this to be real, too.
As with most memes, the Yao Ming trollface – or “Bitch Please” or “F*CK IT” – debuted on Reddit a year or so ago after a rather amusing postgame interview featuring Yao and Metta World Peace, then known as Ron Artest. This trip down memory lane has been brought to you by Yao Ming with a panda bear, still the most adorable picture we’ve ever posted.