Tony Hawk links to viral meme after meeting Wesley Snipes

Part of the excitement of going through the deluge of photos from the Oscars after-parties in the days after the Oscars is seeing which celebrities got to meet. For famed skateboarder Tony Hawk, it also gave him a chance to live out a meme to its natural end.

Hawk was among the group of celebrities presenting at the Oscars; along with surfer Kelly Slater and snowboarder Shaun White, the three athletes presented a montage celebrating 60 years of James Bond. But the real joy came later when Hawk stopped by the Governors Ball, which is usually the first Oscar party attended by celebrities after the ceremony, where he snapped a photo with Wesley Snipes. Snipes also attended the Oscars as a presenter and reunited with White men can’t jump co-stars Rosie Perez and Woody Harrelson to present the Oscar for Best Cinematography, which went to Greig Fraser dune.

But when Hawk posted the photo to Twitter Monday night, it was devoid of the pleasantries or platitudes that normally accompany an opportunity to meet an actor you may have admired. Instead, it cheekily referenced a three-and-a-half-year-old meme.

“I was spared,” Hawk tweeted. “Life is good.”

He posted a different version of the photo to Instagram Stories with a different caption, “No War” and the acronym for “If you know you know” in parentheses.

Hawk is referencing a now-deleted viral tweet from October 2018 in which @silenthooper posted an image of crying Snipes in the 1991 film New City Jack. The reaction meme has been around for a while and usually refers to having to turn your back on something you once loved. But on this particular day, Hawk was the one on display.

“If the race war happens and I have to kill Tony Hawk,” wrote @silenthooper.

Hawk is not mentioned by name. Not only did he find the tweet, he replied to it.

“I appreciate the hesitation, though,” Hawk replied.

Hawk’s appreciation is the kind of tweet with an internet life that stretches well beyond the time frame it took him to think of a reply. It shows he gets the joke – he didn’t take offense, he played along – and even went along with it; He doesn’t even take too much offense with a meme-inspired hypothesis that leads to his death. That makes him cool (or even cooler) in the eyes of the internet.

It’s such a memorable moment on Twitter that many of those who replied to or reposted Hawk’s tweet knew what he was talking about as soon as they saw it. And for those who didn’t, people had the original screenshot ready. It was context, but it was also a way to celebrate survival.

Even @silenthooper confirmed the moment that comes full circle.

When a moment like this comes full circle, it’ll be hard to find a bigger night for it than the Oscars.

*Initial publication: March 29, 2022 at 1:40 p.m. CDT

Michelle Jaworsky

Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and television/film critic at the Daily Dot. Covering entertainment, geek culture and pop culture, she has covered everything from the Sundance Film Festival, NYFF and Tribeca to New York Comic Con and Con of Thrones. She lives in Brooklyn.

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