Ben Affleck claps back at people criticizing his hilarious back tattoo
Remember, no matter how bad life gets, at least you don't have Ben Affleck's back tattoo. This week the world realized that the Batman actor has a gigantic colorful phoenix design on his back. In a 2016 interview with Extra, he lied about it, saying it was fake, and he got for a movie. (What movie? The Guy With The Crappy Tattoo?) But a photograph of him on the beach revealed that this sadly is not the case. It is truly the Gigli of tattoos.
Everybody on the Internet savaged Affleck for the ink, with a slew of hilarious tweets: "Ben Affleck’s back tattoo looks like it was ALSO directed by Zack Snyder." "Don’t mock Ben Affleck’s phoenix tattoo. It symbolizes how he has risen from the ashes, reborn as a guy with a tattoo that sucks." "Ben Affleck is short for Benjamin Awfulback." These snarky people are going to get strung upside down by Batman, but who cares? The jokes were worth it.
Even celebrities rinsed Affleck for his back tattoo. On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah asked Matt Damon what he thought, and the actor squirmed uncomfortably. "It's not one man's job to tell another man what he can do to his back," said Damon. "I... I — you know — I support him in all of his... artistic expression." On Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen asked Affleck's ex, Jennifer Lopez about it. She replied, "It’s awful! What are you doing? His tattoos always have too many colors, they shouldn’t be so colorful. They should be cooler."
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Affleck's other ex, Jennifer Garner chimed in: "You know what we would say in my hometown about that? ‘Bless his heart.’ A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario? I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes." But perhaps Conan O'Brien had the funniest response, tweeting a photo of his own "back tattoo." Instead of a phoenix, it simply reads University of Phoenix. More embarrassing or less embarrassing? You be the judge!
These comments were meant in good humor, but The New Yorker recently posted a scathing article entitled "The Great Sadness Of Ben Affleck." The story drew a backlash, since it appeared to fat-shame Affleck. When describing the actor's shirtless photos, the author writes "his gut is pooching" and "a blue-gray towel is wrapped protectively around his midsection—recalling a shy teen at the local pool." The author also suggests the actor is sad, based on his 2015 divorce from Jennifer Garner, and his low-energy interviews for Batman v. Superman.
On Thursday, Ben Affleck finally decided to clap back at his critics. He responded directly to The New Yorker on Twitter, writing, "I’m doing just fine. Thick skin bolstered by garish tattoos."
Well, there you have it. Good for you, Ben! That's awesome you have a sense of humor about it. After all, life could be worse. You could be the man with 'I'm a thief' tattooed on his forehead, who was arrested for stealing..