jack nicholson thumbs up meme depicting the actor at a lakers basketball game giving a thumbs up to the camera.

Jack Nicholson Thumbs-Up

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Jack Nicholson Thumbs-Up is a reaction image of actor Jack Nicholson taken while he was attending the third game of the NBA Playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets in late May 2023. The clip and photo of him with messy hair and his thumb raised up in the air quickly became a meme due to his expression and the context of the Lakers losing that game.


On Saturday, May 20th, 2023, Jack Nicholson attended the NBA Playoff game between the Lakers and Nuggets, as is usual for him. Nicholson, a known die-hard Lakers fan, has decades of appearances at the LA basketball team's games, with various reactions coming from him throughout the years. This particular game, one that the Lakers needed to win to avoid falling into the 3-0 "pit of death," was especially important for both the team and the fans.

The moment the image used in the meme occurred when the camera operators panned over to Nicholson sitting on the sideline as they referred to him mononymously as "Jack." The instance was then noticed and posted to Twitter by the user @JimmyTraina[1] that night (May 20th), earning over 500,000 views in three days (shown below).

Jimmy Traina @JimmyTraina Ultimate sign of respect. ABC goes first name only for Jack Nicholson. UN OS ANGELES A KERS COMPRENCE FINALS 8:42 PM May 20, 2023 492.3K Views . . JACK ...


As the NBA game went on and the Lakers began to lose, people online took the image of Nicholson and started to attribute it to not caring about the game itself. For example, on May 20th, 2023, Twitter user @DCI_James[2] made one such joke using the image, receiving over 200 likes in three days (shown below, left). Others on Twitter talked about Nicholson's disheveled appearance and perceived apparent lack of care in going out to the game while looking good, with Twitter user @Superfly29tnt[3] tweeting one such example that same day, accumulating nearly 1,400 likes in three days (shown below, right).

James @DCI_James Does anyone give less of a fuck than Jack Nicholson Sho OS ANGELES KERS LA 9:33 PM - May 20, 2023 25.7K Views JACK ... ng The W Better Pla Jack Nicholson looking like he just woke up and went straight to the game. Love it. ALS Ryan Singh @Superfly29tnt 23 8:50 PM - May 20, 2023 122.8K Views ...

Others noticing Nicholson started to interpret his appearance and facial expression as him being grumpy, which led to more memes and reactions about him looking similar to Grumpy Cat or having a generally displeased-looking demeanor. On May 20th, Twitter user @Tommygreturns2[4] posted an example of the Grumpy Cat connection, receiving over 200 likes in three days (shown below).

Tommy G @Tommygreturns2 Jack Nicholson went full Grumpy Cat at the Lakers game 8:49 PM May 20, 2023 26.7K Views 49 Retweets 7 Quotes 237 Likes 2 Bookmarks

Various Examples

Pat Benson @Pat_Benson_Jr. May 20 Jack Nicholson is all of us ALS JA 31 102 649 ₁82.2K ... True Blue @True____Blue · May 20 Jack Nicholson is my spirt animal ܬܐ) OS ANGELES KERS CONFERENCE FINALS 5 A 1 26 221 JACK ₁29.3K ... largest rodent @capybaroness · May 20 jack nicholson looks like he just watched game 1 and 2 UN ܬܝܠ ܬ OS ANGELES 4 KERS CONFERENCE FINALS 97 2.3 1 18 273 ₁32.9K Spartacus @OrRite_Then May 20 Jack Nicholson embodying the whole human race in 2023. Life, throw at me what you like, I'm still going to the game. ALS o 2.3 26 149 1,125 78.2K ↑ ALS Jack Nicholson is all of us when we show up to work on Monday morning and a coworker asks us if we had a good weekend tho JSWilliams1962 @jswtreeman 23 ... 8:56 PM - May 20, 2023 83K Views Dane @Trekfan32 jack nicholson looks unrecognizable 8:59 PM . May 20, 2023 15.5K Views JACK_ ...



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External References

[1] Twitter – JimmyTraina

[2] Twitter – DCIJames

[3] Twitter – Superfly29tnt

[4] Twitter – Tommygreturns2

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