For those of you who don’t know the Strutting Leo meme, it’s just another one of those semi troll-tastic memes that are funny to look at, not because of any brutal humor, but because of the contradictory emotional sensation it gives off given the contexts. Leo Strut (also known as “Leonardo DiHapprio”) is a photoshopped exploitable that uses an image taken of Leonardo DiCaprio during the filming of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception”. The original image is of DiCaprio doing a jolly strut down a street, but has been photo shopped into several scenes that usually depict a catastrophe or terrible happening, similar to Disaster Girl. DiCaprio is shopped into the scene, as if he could have stopped the incident or helped people nearby, but instead continues throughout the scene doing his jolly strut. The single topic tumblr “Fuck Yeah Strutting Leo” is a blog with only Strutting Leo.
Why I find this meme amusing is because I occasionally feel similar to a Strutting Leo myself. Though I don’t mean this in the “ignore disaster and continue to happily strut” manner, I do strut, skip, gallop, spin, beat-step while I walk to places, given that I think no one is watching. Why do I feel happy all the time? No reason. Sometimes when you’re walking, things just feel right. One morning at 7:00 AM (an abnormal, but strangely magical time for me to be up) I was walking along a brick path towards the UVa Lawn, umbrella and Bodo’s Egg Sausage Bagel in hand. You could smell the morning dew from the grass, feel the cool fresh breeze brush past your cheek. Somehow, I felt at ease and essentially at ease with life.
On a side note. I was joyfully strolling along the Corner one evening to Little Johns to get some dinner at 10PM, and as I passed by the Trinity Pub and saw an Asian man with a turntable approach a group of thug-like people. The small gang spun around and exclaimed, “DJ Chopstix has RETURNED!”
DJ Chopstix? How awesome of a name is that? TOO AWESOME.