As far as click-bait goes, lists of photos that “broke the Internet” must rank in the top five most popular articles, both in terms of how many writers choose to scour the Interweb for juicy images, and in terms of the popularity of these lists among readers across the pop/entertainment blogosphere.
What’s more fascinating is that these lists in fact feed back into the popularity of the already-viral images they describe, and the cycle never ends. Today's new generation of web-savvy amateur entertainers are fueled by ‘clicks’, ‘Likes’, views, and ‘re-Tweets’ first before necessarily even concerning themselves with generating original content, and they make a living. With a few strategically posted Vine videos or Tweets somebody can launch a career and sustain it as long as they keep their posts at the top of lists like these.
Because this is the most popular kind of list, you would think there is a lot of overlap or that it would be hard to come up with an original set of photos, but there’s a quick turnover in pop culture, and these lists constantly need updating. This article pays homage to some classic viral pics of the last few years, while also including a few newer additions in the mix. Here are 12 Celebrity Photos That All But Broke The Internet.
12 Ellen Degeneres and Friends at The Oscars
This is the image that started getting people talking in the first place about photographs going so viral, becoming so infectious, that they supposedly could overload social media outlets on the web.
This photo op was a scripted gag that actually did not go according to plan: While hosting the 2014 Academy Awards, the ever-relevant comedienne was originally set to take a selfie during the show with actress Meryl Streep and whoever else was seated nearby. As a joke, Ellen was supposed to ask Streep to take the photo herself, ironically forcing the Oscar-winning actress out of her own selfie. What happened instead was long-armed Bradley Cooper offered to take the picture instead, and the rest is history.
11 Kanye Smiles! (With Baby North)
10 Best Buds Bieber And Smith
9 Jonas Brothers Gone Wild
8 Taylor Swift + Kittens = "Teh" Cuteness
This picture combines two things that attract clicks to make the perfect storm of cute, the Bambi-esque singer/songwriter showering affection on a fuzzy baby animal. This photo is one of the many pictures Taylor Swift has posted of her cat or having to with her favorite feline, whose full name is Olivia Benson (named after Mariska Hargitay’s Law & Order: SVU character). Not only does Swift post heart-wrenchingly adorable pictures of Olivia but also has seen fit to upload pictures of what happens when kitty isn’t acting so cute.
7 James Franco: Social Commentator Or Strung-Out?
6 Justin Bieber Working Out
5 Kim And Kanye's Wedding
4 "The Rock" And His Fanny Pack(s)
Everybody likes an ironically unfashionable outfit on otherwise cool people; hipsters worldwide take advantage of this fact daily. The effect is even more entertaining when someone who otherwise is intimidating and not at all trying to be ironic does it. This photo is the only one on the list from a time before social media, but that doesn’t mean the wrestler-turned-actor doesn’t still rock a fanny pack. As recent as 2014, The Rock was photographed onset, sporting what is now euphemistically called a belt-pack…as well as what appears to be a bulletproof vest.
3 Kim Kardashian In Paper Magazine
2 Gisele Bündchen: Working Hard Or Hardly Working?
Sidestepping for a moment the debate over whether public breastfeeding is appropriate, a debate sparked by this and countless other overly-revealing Instagram and Facebook photos from new mothers, this photo went viral most likely for the fact that the supermodel pictured is being attended to by a three-person team who are just as busy attending to the diva as they are trying to pretend Gisele Bündchen’s nipple won’t be exposed at any second. Talk about multi-tasking.
1 John Legend And Chrissy Teigan
For all his sentimentality and politically charged rhetoric during his acceptance speech at the 2013 Academy Awards and his sorrow over the slow progress of racial relations in the U.S., John Legend’s personal life seems to be on a never ending upward spiral. After marrying professional model/Instagram sex symbol, Chrissy Teigen in 2013, he won the Oscar for his song, "Glory", written for the film Selma, garnering him popularity far beyond his loyal cult following.
The pictures of the two together, mostly available on Teigen’s Instagram page, generally show her partially clothed, and the two of them enjoying a “candid” moment that is uncomfortably intimate. The contrived candid feel of these photos makes it seem like the couple’s intention with these photos is to brag and rub their fairytale love in everybody’s face, which may actually explain why haters and lovers alike have flocked to the couple’s photos.
Sources: ew.com, lolwot.com, modernlifestyle.com
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