Jul 20, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
Jeremy Meeks is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest on felony weapon charges.
NYT: A YOUNG man faces the camera, shaved head, white tee. The rigid lines of the jaw and cheekbones are softened by the gentle curve of full lips. The hard tattoos slashing up the neck are sweetened by the fading teardrop inked under one eye. And those eyes: pale blue and looking directly at you.
It’s the mug shot that launched a thousand memes and hashtags, from #hotfelon to #FelonCrushFriday. Those baby blue eyes belong to one Jeremy Meeks, age 30, arrested last month in Stockton, Calif., on felony weapon charges. When the police department posted his mug shot on its Facebook page on June 18, the response from around the world was staggering.
By last week, Mr. Meeks’s photo had drawn more than 101,000 “likes,” close to 13,000 shares and nearly 27,000 comments, almost equally divided among those extolling Mr. Meeks’s desirability — “Momma, I’m in love with a criminal” — and those condemning the extollers for their shallowness, their immorality, their hunger. “Seems to be no shortage of ladies who wouldn’t mind being Bonnie to his Clyde lol,” one commenter noted wryly.