McKayla Maroney Halloween Costume By Bell’s Palsy PatientBy: Chad Sweely - November 13, 2013
Most of us know McKayla Maroney from her success in the London 2012 Olympics as part of the United States’ Women’s Gymnastics Team; however, the facial mannerisms that she has displayed throughout the course of the Olympics have made her an Internet meme sensation. One person was inspired by the commonly known “not impressed” look by Maroney and decided to base her Halloween costume around it.
The smirk that Maroney always made during the presentation of medals is what sparked her as a popular Internet meme figure, commonly referred to as “McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed.” According to DeadSpin.com, this Internet meme inspired Leslie Barrett, a recently diagnosed Bell’s Palsy patient, to create her Halloween costume based on Maroney’s well-known crossed-arms-and-smirk look.
Even though Halloween was almost two weeks ago (according to the date of this article), this did not stop Barrett to pose in a stance almost identical to the pose used in the well-known Internet meme and publish it to a McKayla Maroney fan-based Facebook page. Within Barrett’s submission of the picture (shown above) to the Facebook page, she placed the following description.
“Two months ago I was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, which means the right side of my face is temporarily paralyzed and I can only express emotion on my left. Last week at a party someone pointed out that I normally look like your “not impressed” face. I decided to incorporate my disability into my Halloween costume and dress up as you. This has hands down been the best costume I’ve ever had. It was the first time in months I got to look like I was intentionally making a face and it has helped me deal with the slow recovery a little better.”
Barrett submitted the picture to Facebook on November 2nd, and the Facebook post for this picture currently has 21 shares and 237 likes. The Halloween costume picture by Barrett has also sparked the attention of various Twitter users.
OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER! Props to this woman using her disability to be AMAZING http://t.co/VjXdxnwRvW
— Josh (@Capnsanity) November 14, 2013
[Image source: Facebook post]
— Michael N (@mtnoon) November 13, 2013