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Jean Dujardin Sleeping is a photoshop meme that uses a photo of French actor Jean Dujardin laying his head on actor George Clooney’s shoulder with his eyes closed.
On February 6th, 2012, during a luncheon in Beverly Hills, California for Oscar nominees, an AP photographer snapped a photo of actor Jean Dujardin joking around and pretending to fall asleep on George Clooney’s shoulder. Both men were attending the luncheon for their nominations in the Best Actor category; Dujardin for his work in The Artist and Clooney for his work in The Descendants. The photo was published on Metro UK the next morning.
The next day, a single topic Tumblr titled Jean Sleeping On People was created by Belgian Tumblr bloggers Jonathan and Roberto, who uploaded six photoshopped versions along with the exploitable template of Dujardin’s face. The original contributions included Dujardin sleeping on Barack Obama, Batman, and a teletubby.
On February 12th, Jezebel published a compilation of images from the single topic blog. The next day, more images appeared on humor blogs Blame it on the Voices and Crushable. Over the next several days, the images were featured on news sites including Gizmodo France, the Daily Dot and CBS News’ Celebrity Circuit as well as the Sundance Channel blog and entertainment blog Molempire.
Search for Jean Dujardin began to climb in January 2012, most likely due to his Oscar nomination.
Blame it on the Voices – Single-serving site/Meme alert: Jean sleeping on people
The Daily Dot – Oscar nominee Jean Dujardin’s sleeping on the competition
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