The 5 Best Crying Memes
We’ve all cried, but sometimes there are great cries that are captured, shared and captioned into eternity, turning one person’s moment of grief or happiness into an Internet phenomenon.
What Do Crying Memes Mean?
Crying memes are pretty self-explanatory but usually associate with a relatable cultural moment. The memes often feature the ugly crying that occurs at moments of high emotion.
How Are Crying Memes Used?
Crying memes are often used to illustrate a shared loss, particularly in sports. And crying Michael Jordan, from his 2009 induction into the Hall of Fame, is by far the most popular depiction.
Examples of Crying Memes
Image: Former NBA player Michael Jordan’s face on a bass drum that Steph Curry is about to strike. Text: Keep Pounding, Keep Pounding
Meaning: Steph Curry takes Jordan’s tears of gratitude and brings it on the football field as he mourns the Carolina Panthers’ loss at Super Bowl 50. “Keep Pounding” is the team’s mantra.
Image: NBA player Lebron James ugly crying
Text: Leave me alone! I have a leg cramp!
Meaning: Lebron James was caught on camera doing the ugly cry after his team won the NBA finals. It often serves as a way to exaggerate emotions about something like a leg cramp.
Image: Crying Dawson aka Dawson “Teary.”
Text: “You made me do my ugly cry face.”
Meaning: Sometimes you cry, and sometimes you’re so upset, you ugly cry, and make a terrible face, just like Dawson did. (Though hopefully it won’t be immortalized on the Internet.)
For even more examples, including links to the originals, check out our full list of the five best crying memes: