Hurricane Joaquin is barreling toward the United States, and with the storm’s unusual name, Internet users just can’t help but combine it with another well-known Joaquin — the actor, Joaquin Phoenix, of course! Naturally, this has connection has produced hilarious memes. Check ’em out!
Admit it, when you first started seeing ‘Joaquin’ in the news, you immediately thought of Joaquin Phoenix, right?! Now that Hurricane Joaquin is strengthening and on the move, those in the eastern U.S. are starting to get a bit more anxious, but there’s still some fun to be had — like making memes with a combination of the storm and Joaquin Phoenix’s face..DUH!
The actor has basically become the face of this storm! Social media users are putting Joaquin’s face on storm maps, showing him making his way toward the east coast of the United States. One viral image shows just a massive head shot of the 40-year-old lingering in the Caribbean, while another has Joaquin at varying ages, with the images making their way along the ocean from the Bahamas toward the Northeast U.S. Too funny!
But, in reality, Joaquin is no laughing matter. In fact, some are even comparing it to Hurricane Sandy, which took a major toll on the New York City area in 2012. “I hate to compare anything to Sandy, but the setup isn’t all that different,” meteorologist Rob Reale admitted. “I know a lot of things can get overhyped, but this, I actually think, may be under hyped.”
The storm officially strengthened into a Category One hurricane on Sept. 30, and is currently traveling with 115mph winds around the Bahamas. The Eastern U.S. is expected to produce heavy winds and lots of local rainfall beginning on Sunday evening, but it’s still unknown just how harsh the magnitude will be. In fact, there’s still a chance that the storm won’t even arrive in NYC at all.
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Better safe than sorry, though — start preparing for the weekend NOW, HollywoodLifers! And let us know…what do you think of the Joaquin Phoenix memes?
— Alyssa Noriwn