- The “Friends” reunion special was released on HBO Max on Thursday.
- In several shots of the special, Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey, sits with his arms crossed.
- The image became a meme on Twitter, with people saying LeBlanc looked like an Irish uncle.
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An image of actor Matt LeBlanc sitting with his arms crossed in a striped shirt has taken Twitter by storm, with users posting memes about him having massive “Irish uncle energy.”
LeBlanc reunited with former costars David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, and Courteney Cox in an HBO Max special celebrating the renowned sitcom “Friends.” The unscripted reunion event also brought in other celebrities including BTS, Mindy Kaling, and Lady Gaga.
While the evening was full of reminiscing about the show, Twitter users – including many from Ireland – had a very specific take on the event. LeBlanc, as riffed on in many viral tweets, gave off the vibe of an Irish uncle or dad.
“The rest of the world should know that for the last 24 hours Irish Twitter has become OBSESSSED with how much Matt Le Blanc looks like everyone’s uncle/cousin,” Irish comedian Dara Ó Briain tweeted on Saturday, quote-retweeting a thread compiling the memes from Twitter user @theofluffycat. “Read this thread to get the full sense of it. Or don’t; because you won’t understand the half of it.”
-Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) May 29, 2021
The screencaps of LeBlanc that are floating around online do have a paternal energy that seems to have resonated with Irish Twitter users in particular, who fired off meme after meme over the weekend after the special premiered.
-Conor ???????? (@Erne_Kid) May 29, 2021
-Triona Wynne (@TeeCunningham) May 29, 2021
-❀ Faye ❀ (@beyonfaye) May 29, 2021
-✨ Dean Tāne ✨ (@Maccadaynu) May 29, 2021
-sophie ???????? (@lyonsteafan) May 29, 2021
-Jamie (@FCTwenteBenson) May 29, 2021
BuzzFeed News’ Tanya Chen polled Irish Twitter users to ask what it was about LeBlanc that made him resonate so heavily as the uncle next door online. One Twitter user said that he “looks like the Irish Uncle with a heart of gold” who is “behind the times, rough round the edges, loves life, his family, his cattle and you, hugs like a bear, drinks like a fish, talks the hind legs off a donkey and punched that guy in the gob who slagged off your gay partner.”
Of course, some of the memes also riffed on LeBlanc’s “Friends” character Joey’s iconic line: “How you doin’?”
-Peter McGann (@peterjmcgann) May 29, 2021
It’s unclear if LeBlanc is aware of the memes, as he has yet to acknowledge them publicly. He did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.