The Internet momentarily lost its mind when a mugshot of Jeremy Meeks, a super hot 30-year-old arrested for five counts of gun possession and one gang charge, was posted on the Stockton Police Departments Facebook page. According to the Associated Press, the picture garnered 33,000 likes and comments "praising his high cheekbones, chiseled face and striking blue eyes."
Since then, as The Root explained, #PrisonBae, #FreeJeremyMeeks and #FelonCrushFriday have become active memes, where fans have photoshopped Meeks into the high fashion campaigns he possibly could have booked if he wasn't "one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area," as a Stockton PD representative told the AP. Meanwhile, there's a GoFundMe attempting to raise part of his $900,000 bail. No one has donated. After Meeks' wife (sorry, everyone) told him how popular he's become, he said he no longer has gang affiliations, is innocent, and hopes he doesn't have to go back to prison again (he previously served a nine-year term). His mother also maintains he's innocent, writes Jezebel and is trying to raise money for his defense.
Meeks isn't the first suspect to draw sympathy over his good looks. In the last two years, two men in particular — accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev and Colorado movie-theater gunman James Holmes — have developed followings among lovestruck women who were more focused on their looks than their crimes.