Not Here For It: Jeremy Meeks’ Wife Not Happy About Internet Lust
Last week we told you about convict cutie Jeremy Meeks who dominated the internet, trending on Twitter, inspiring memes, photoshopped images, fake Instagram accounts and even a website that claims to have pictures of his wang. And while Meeks himself said he was flattered by the attention (but moreso wants people to know he’s no longer a criminal), his wife is really unpleased with all the attention her husband is receiving for his looks when his freedom is at stake and she’s alone with their two sons at home.
So she doesn’t find the memes funny. And while thousands of women essentially said they wanted a rough neck (or former rough neck, as Jeremy puts it.), according to a Sacramento CBS affiliate, it was only his friends and family who were there at the arraignment, last Friday.
And they let it be known that they’re not happy about all the additional attention.
Meeks’ friend Rajanique Davis said, “It’s ridiculous. People are making jokes when this is not funny at all.”
And while his wife and mother of their two sons didn’t attend his arraignment, another friend says she’s not amused either.
Simone Johnson said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t see her at all in the cameras, because she’s upset. She’s furious. Her man is in there and people are taking it as a joke, thinking it’s funny talking about his looks, saying all kinds of crazy things.”
Other family members took the time to assert Meeks’ innocence. Meeks’ brother Bryan Varela said, “He’s a man who learns from his mistakes. With his past history, he got out of being incarcerated and put his mind on focus to his family and started dowing what he had to do. Living the dream that he always wanted.”
And while Meeks is internet famous now, it hasn’t helped him thus far in the justice system. Meeks’ bail was raised from $90.000 to $1 million. Yikes.
I can understand Meeks’ family concerns and frustrations. In this internet age, you never know who will become the next face of a meme. And while some of them are simply flattering, there are others that are attaching him to a label he’s trying to shake: criminal. It’s very easy to distance ourselves from the fact that these are real people with families and emotions. But I also think they should be upset with the Stockton police department for releasing the image in the first place. They’re the ones who posted the mug shot as some sort of “look at all the bad guys we caught” move.
But on the bright side, all the attention Meeks has earned, also resulted in $3,740 in donations toward his bail on a gofundme page started by his mother.