Justin Timberlake brings Super Bowl Selfie Kid to tears on Ellen
At the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots, but the real winner of the game was the Selfie Kid. Justin Timberlake performed during the halftime show, redeeming himself after accidentally exposing Janet Jackson's nipple in 2005. But during his closing song, Can't Stop The Feeling, 13-year-old Ryan McKenna stole the show.
While Justin sang his hit single, Ryan snagged a selfie, and then he appeared to struggle with his phone. The awkward moment captured the world's attention. Clips spread on social media like wildfire, where people joked that was Googling the lyrics to the song, or "Who is Justin Timberlake?" Just like that, "Selfie Kid" became a meme, similar to last year's off-beat flailing "Left Shark" during Katy Perry's halftime performance.
In the past week, the unsuspecting teenager skyrocketed into fame, getting mobs of fans and followers on social media. He even made appearances on television shows such as Good Morning America to discuss his scene-stealing moment. But on Thursday, he really hit the big time, appearing on The Ellen Show.
"Boy, your life has changed, hasn’t it?" remarked Ellen. "Yeah, this is so amazing," Ryan replied. "My dad told me two weeks before and I just started crying. I couldn’t believe it. Just to go to the Super Bowl is a dream come true. The lady told us we were in a good section, but we had no idea Justin was going to be there."
But this just wasn't just a run of the mill interview. Ellen surprised Selfie Kid with a phone call from 'Man of the Woods' Justin Timberlake himself. "It’s nice to meet you, finally," said Justin. "Oh, my God!” Ryan exclaimed, as his eyes swelled up with tears. "I can’t believe this!" A week ago, I'm sure he never expected to be on national television talking to one of the biggest pop stars in the world.
Justin said he was surprised, too. He knew he wanted to end the performance with "Can't Stop The Feeling," but never anticipated the hilarious Selfie Kid meme. So, he gave Ryan, and his family a gift: tickets to see him perform on tour, as well as tickets to multiple New England Patriots games.
"I’ll tell you what I want to do," said Justin. "Because it was so unexpected that you came down, and because all of this has happened, I thought to myself, ‘I really want to meet you properly. I’m going to be coming to TD Garden on tour to play in Boston. I’d like to invite you and your family to come." "Thank you so much!" cried Ryan. "Oh my gosh!" "I look forward to meeting you, and our second selfie together," Justin added.
Ryan's favorite team didn't win the Super Bowl last Sunday, but I'm sure his transformation into 'Selfie Kid' more than makes up for it. And now he has some time to sharpen his phone skills so he can nail that second selfie.