Angelina Jolie’s right leg becomes an Internet meme

The biggest star of the 2012 Oscars didn’t turn out to be Meryl Streep for winning Best Actress or “The Artist” for winning Best Picture. No, the most attention grabbing, breakout ‘star’ of the 2012 Academy Awards is undoubtably … Angelina Jolie‘s right leg.

At the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Angelina Jolie got a little weird when she took the stage to present the Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay. Looking incredibly, almost painfully, thin, the “In The Land of Blood and Honey” director struck a rather bizarre pose in her black Versace gown. Angelina Jolie’s right leg thrust out through a slit in the gown at an awkward angle, while the “Tomb Raider” star crooked her elbow to place a hand on her hip and grin weirdly at the crowd.

The pose was so odd and Angelina Jolie’s right leg position looked so forced, that Best Adapted Screenplay winner Jim Rash actually mimicked her in a mockingly similar pose after accepting his Oscar for “The Descendants.” Maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad if Jolie hadn’t looked like a starved chicken, but the combination of her nervous laugh, her creepy pose and her scarily thin, bones protruding through her skin, look just went all kinds of bad.

Angelina Jolie had already been striking this same, strangely forced pose on the red carpet with partner Brad Pitt for pre-Oscars 2012 photos. We’re not sure what the hell was going on with this crazy pose thing from Jolie all night long, but the whole thing immediately spawned a shiny, new Internet meme.

Just a few hours after the 2012 Oscars closed, Angelina Jolie’s right leg was all over the Internet. The Hollywood icon’s leg suddenly had a Facebook page, several Twitter feeds (including the most popular it seems, @AngiesRightLeg, and a page on Pinterest created by BuzzFeed. Tumblr has new blog called Angelina Jolie’ing to capitalize on the sudden slew of “legbombing” photos cropping up. It is all totally nuts and absolutely hysterical.

Undoubtably, this Internet meme will fade out and mostly die within a few short weeks — much like Tebow-ing. Still, every now and then, probably for years to come, someone will post a freakish picture involving some sort of Photoshop manipulation featuring Angelina Jolie’s right leg.

We love you Angelina, we really do. We actually kind of have to feel bad for you after all this. You’re an intelligent, classy, woman who does a huge amount for a lot of great causes. However, we highly recommend you fire whoever told you to pose like that. Or, if you decided that was a good idea on your own, please HIRE someone to tell you never to do anything like that again.

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