Cheer Up Keanu Day

As deserving a celebration as any in this world.  Except that I find the tone of this Time article rather patronizing and slightly condescending. 

For example:

Eleven thousand people think Keanu Reeves might be depressed. And with reason — the man hasn’t had a hit movie in years, and his entire acting career can be summed up in one word: Whoa.

Um, no.  His movie career isn’t exactly why he might be sad.  It could be because he sister had leukemia, he was close friends with River Phoenix, his parents divorced when he was younger, his daughter was a stillborn, his longtime girlfriend died in a carcrash (I think), etc.  The dude’s been through some shit. 

This is the most surprising aspect of the meme. While the Internet is most commonly used to mock celebrities, Cheer Up Keanu-ites just want to show the star how much they care. On message-board discussions of the park-bench photo, there is almost no mention of Reeves’ good looks or failed Matrix sequels.
Even his role in the cult classic Point Break is largely ignored. Instead, people fret over Reeves’ strained relationship with his father and the fact that in 2001 his girlfriend died in a car accident.
They swap stories about him — Reeves offered a ride to a hitchhiker! He bought Harleys for a movie’s special-effects crew! He treated strangers to breakfast! — that, even if only half-true, demonstrate some sort of untapped fondness for an actor of otherwise negligible importance. “[His personality] has made me love his movies,” writes an anonymous commenter on Reddit.com. “I don’t care how great they are. I love to see him because he makes me happy.”
In other words, it’s pretty hard to hate on Reeves.

But the truth is, in a world of entitled, bratty Hollywood celebrities, Reeves seems like a genuinely good person. And so why not celebrate that? Yes, he’s not the best actor. But why not try to cheer up a guy and give him a day?

Geekosystem does a much better job encapsulating the spirit of the faux-holiday

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  • Gina Fratangelo Victorino June 18, 2010, 10:21 pm

    Although this article is enlightening as to shedding some light to people who are in the dark…I thik the perspective on which it was written could have been from a different direction. You sound hollow and as if you have no real feeling towards this article and so your thoughts have no real emotion to it. Your opinion as to his movie career "Whoa" —what is that? But by perspective I mean -it wasn't accurate as to fact. and toward the end you sounded a bit patronizing. I think that this acticle should have been written with a more positive perspecrtive and a sharper insight.

  • MemphisMadonna June 18, 2010, 10:20 pm

    Although this article is enlightening as to shedding some light to people who are in the dark…I thik the perspective on which it was written could have been from a different direction. You sound hollow and as if you have no real feeling towards this article and so your thoughts have no real emotion to it. Your opinion as to his movie career "Whoa" —what is that? But by perspective I mean -it wasn't accurate as to fact. and toward the end you sounded a bit patronizing. I think that this acticle should have been written with a more positive perspecrtive and a sharper insight.