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Jeremy Meeks’ Mugshot is a police booking photograph of convicted felon Jeremy Meeks who gained much notoriety online after the picture was posted on Facebook in June 2014. The image inspired an advice animal image macro series with captions word playing on his attractiveness, in a similar vein to the advice animal characters Ridiculously Photogenic Guy and Attractive Convict.
On June 18th, 2014, the Stockton Police Department Facebook page posted a photograph of Jeremy Meeks, a 30-year-old convicted felon who was arrested on felony weapons charges during a gun raid. In the first 48 hours, the post gained over 56,000 likes and 16,400 comments, with many noting how attractive Meeks’ appeared in the mugshot.
On the following day, the Fox40 News Facebook page reposted the photograph, pointing out the overwhelming reaction the photo was receiving. In less than 20 hours, the repost garnered upwards of 301,000 likes and 65,000 comments. Also on June 19th, 2014, Redditor fxwif posted the mugshot with captions quoting notable Facebook comments regarding Meeks’ beauty to the /r/funny subreddit, where it gathered more than 2,500 points and 1,600 comments in the first 24 hours (shown below, left). The same day, Redditor Robby_Digital submitted an image macro using the mugshot titled “Ridiculously Photogenic Thug” to /r/AdviceAnimals, where it received upwards of 2,300 points and 400 comments in the next 16 hours (shown below, right).
On June 19th, a fundraising page for her Meeks’ legal defense was launched on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe with a goal of $25,000. In the first five days, over $4,300 in donations were received.
The same day, CBS Sacramento reported that Meeks’ friends and family were not pleased with the attention the mugshot was getting online and found jokes about the photograph offensive (shown below).
ABC News Interview
On June 20th, ABC News broadcast an interview with Meeks in prison, in which he reacted to his mugshot’s Internet fame by saying he is no longer a criminal and does not want to be considered a “kingpin.”
“Well I appreciate that but I just want them to know that this is really not me, I’m not some kingpin.”
On June 19th, Twitter user @MermaidMillan posted Meeks’ mugshot with the hashtag #FelonCrushFriday (shown below).
Twitter users subsequently began posting tweets with photographs of attractive prisoners accompanied by the hashtag, including the official Twitter feed for the comedy drama web series Orange is the New Black (shown below, right). According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy, #FelonCrushFriday was tweeted over 121,000 times in the first week.
Stephen Colbert Segment
On June 23rd, The Colbert Report featured a segment which mocked those who wished for Meeks to be freed based on his physical attractiveness (shown below).
On June 30th, TMZ reported that Meeks has been signed by Santa Monica-based model agency Blaze Models for a $30,000 modeling contract, with Gina Rodriguez, a former adult film star and entertainment manager who had previously worked with other micro-celebrities like Nadya Suleman (Octomom), Patricia Krentcil (Tan Mom) and Farrah Abraham (MTV’s Teen Mom), representing him as an agent. Throughout the day, the TMZ report quickly made the headlines in the entertainment gossip news circuit. But then on July 1st, the Entertainment Weekly dismissed Meeks’ rumored modeling contract as false, citing Gina Rodriguez’s confirmation that his client has not yet signed on with any agency.
On July 2nd, The Daily Dot reported that American adult entertainment studio Dogfart Productions has offered the convicted felon a $100,000 contract to shoot two scenes a week in porn films. According to the press release:
“We think Jeremy’s look is absolutely perfect for our network and would love for him to consider our offer in becoming Dogfart’s first male contract performer. The women of the world want to see him, shirt off and balls deep and we are ready to make the dreams of hundreds of thousands of horny women and one man looking for a new start come true.”
On June 20th, 2014, “Jeremy Meeks” was the top trending Google search according to Google Trends.
Huffington Post – Jeremy Meeks, ‘Hot Convict,’ Gets Modeling Contract