When Justin Timberlake entered the crowd late in his performance, the young man who’d come to be known as “Selfie Kid” was caught looking down at his phone despite his proximity to the 10-time Grammy winner.
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With an estimated 111 million watching at home, Selfie Kid instantly got launched into memehood.
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But he wasn’t Googling Justin Timberlake or his lyrics, or asking his mom for a ride home.
“I had a video going and my phone shut off, that’s why I was on my phone, and I love him, because he’s like my favorite singer,” 13-year-old Ryan McKenna told “Good Morning America” of his surprising encounter. “I had to get a selfie with him.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 5, 2018
“I just thought to myself, ‘I’ll never get this opportunity again in my whole life,’” Ryan explained to the Pioneer Press right after the game. “I just went for it. … It’s been so crazy. I don’t even know what to think. All my friends have been texting me and stuff. It’s insane. … My phone is almost dead. I’ve gotten so many notifications. I’ve got like 36 Snapchats, like 21 DMs, and like 150 follower requests on Instagram.”
Here’s the result of his ascension to meme status.