One Keanu Reeves is only known by us here at Shapeways and he’s perpetually miserable. Sad Keanu is among the longest-running, top-selling, products ever to go viral on Shapeways. Nancy Yi Liang of Mixee Labs brought Sad Keanu to life years past and his capability to delight and surprise never ceases to amaze us. Today, is Keanu Reeves 50th birthday. Since he’s been responsible for so much pleasure and enjoyable at our offices, and for the greater Shapie community in general, we desired to throw a VIP birthday party for him. Pup Workshop, Success Kid, Pinky Pie, Woody Allen, RAWR Dinosaur and Grumpy Cat all came out to help Depressed Keanu cheer up.
Sad Keanu is a photoshop meme based on a paparazzi picture of the Canadian American actor Keanu Reeves enjoying a sandwich and sitting on a park bench.
The paparazzi picture of sullen-looking Reeves eating a sandwich was taken in May 2010 from the Splash News photographer Ron Asadorian. The earliest known “Sad Keanu” photoshop thread are available on 4chan-like archive called Green-ovale.net, from the /tv/ (television & films) board, dating May 23th 2010. Another thread would pop-up on 4chan imageboard’s /a/ (anime) board dating back to June 1st, 2010.
Since then, the website continues to be posting submissions that don’t utilize the bench photograph, but rather are silhouettes as well as other renderings of the image. News of the takedown also spread via Reddit and also The Daily What.
Following that extreme waves of photoshopping, a Facebook event entitled “Cheer Up Keanu Day” was coordinated. Planned for June 15th, any individuals encouraged as a way to make a joyful day that was particular for the celebrity to send cancer donations, gifts, phone messages, love letters or emails of all kinds.