Hurricane Joaquin drew a lot more attention Thursday afternoon when it escalated into a Category 4 storm.
According to the Weather Channel, Hurricane Joaquin continues to fight hard in central Bahamas with torrential rains, flooding, and strong winds.
Millions of people through the East Coast of the United States are preparing for the possibility of Hurricane Joaquin becoming the first hurricane to fall on U.S. soil in over a year.
In the meantime, it seems as if quite a few people are poking fun at the name of the hurricane as well as the controversial Oscar nominee who shares the same name — Joaquin Phoenix.
“Hurricane Joaquin Phoenix” seems to be a primary target for jokes, memes, and hilarious pics that are currently flooding social media, especially Twitter.
There are a lot of weather forecast maps that simply place Joaquin Phoenix’s face in the eye of the storm (or use Joaquin’s face to symbolize the entire hurricane).
— Twistools (@twistools_en) October 1, 2015
— Mashable (@mashable) October 1, 2015
Others just found clever ways to poke fun at “Hurricane Joaquin Phoenix” with witty punchlines and one-liners.
How I feel about Hurricane Joaquin Phoenix pic.twitter.com/HhpeV4o2JQ — Rawan (@rawan) October 1, 2015
in an ideal world i’ll cross paths with joaquin phoenix one of these days and use hurricane joaquin as a pick up line
— tffghuufds (@accessforbidden) October 1, 2015
I can’t wait to be stuck at home during hurricane Joaquin. I’m watching strictly Joaquin Phoenix movies. Starting with walk the line 😎 — Brianna (@bris_weeney) October 1, 2015
Joaquin Phoenix has siblings named Summer, Rain, and River. And yet HE’S the one who gets a hurricane named after him.
— Max Weiss (@maxthegirl) September 30, 2015
This is definitely not the first time Joaquin Phoenix has been the butt of viral jokes and memes. During an October 2008 interview with Extra, Joaquin Phoenix made headlines by announcing his retirement from acting at the age of 34.
In exchange for continuing his acting career, the Gladiator actor confirmed that he would focus on pursuing a career in the music industry instead.
“I want to take this opportunity… to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor. I’m not doing films anymore… I’m working on my music. I’m done. I’ve been through that.”
By February 2009, nearly four months after his retirement announcement, Joaquin Phoenix grew out his hair and beard, drawing attention and making headlines for his drastic change in appearance.
Joaquin also turned heads with a disturbing appearance on David Letterman’s Late Show on February 11, 2009, an appearance which he later apologized for, according to the Today show.
Quite a few people assumed that Joaquin Phoenix had lost his mind during that stage of his life, and some were even concerned about his mental and emotional health.
However, when the 2010 mockumentary film I’m Still Here premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2010, fans and critics were shocked to find out that it was all a hoax.
The entire experience (including Joaquin’s decision to retire from acting) was all covered within the Casey Affleck-directed film, proving that it was all an elaborate scheme and performance art piece that very few people knew about from the very beginning.
Years later, though, Joaquin Phoenix is still mentioned in numerous punchlines for the antics that he pulled while filming.
— Jennifer (@pinkmenotmom) September 9, 2015
Kanye revealed to be Joaquin Phoenix all along in elaborate hoax for mockumentary. #HeadlinesWeWouldLove
— Bob (@BuckeyedFella) August 24, 2015
Many of those memories have apparently been brought back to the surface thanks to a storm that coincidentally has the same name as the Oscar-nominated actor.
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