Hollywood Reacts to Ryan Lochte Robbery Lie With Jokes, Outrage
Meanwhile, memes featuring Brian Williams and scenes from 'Forrest Gump,' 'Zoolander' proliferate on social media.
By Thursday afternoon, hours after a gas station video first revealed that Ryan Lochte and his Olympic teammates were not robbed at gunpoint, as they initially claimed, social media was still abuzz with talk of the swimmer's scandal.
#LochteGate, #RyanLochte and #LochMess were all still among the Top 10 trends on Twitter as of 4 p.m. ET.
Rio officials later confirmed that Lochte and teammates Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen were not robbed and instead vandalized a gas station bathroom and were compelled by security guards to pay for the damage. Police had earlier in the week had trouble finding evidence to support the swimmers' claim.
Even Hollywood stars were getting in on the action, tweeting about Lochte's situation as more information about what really happened was revealed on Thursday. Albert Brooks, Josh Malina and Seth Meyers were among those joking about the discovery that Lochte's story was not true, with Meyers including a clip of Seth MacFarlane's impression of Lochte on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, saying of the 2012 bit, "Starting to think Seth MacFarlane played Lochte too smart." Meanwhile, others, like Keith Olbermann, Kumail Nanjiani and Toure, were outraged, with the latter two suggesting that Lochte's situation was an example of white privilege and the "ugly Americans" stereotype.
Read on to see what the stars are saying about Lochte.
Another kind of doping at the Olympics. https://t.co/jGsKqsTlHY— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) August 18, 2016
This IOC spokesman Mario Andrada should resign and Lochte and the swimmers should be fined jailed and/or suspended. https://t.co/iYng5KCvdi— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 18, 2016
"Guys, we're gonna be fine. It's just a damaged gas station bathroom door, now calm down and let me do the talking..." Ryan Lochte— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) August 18, 2016
Never thought anyone would run down Tonya Harding & her goons for greatest Olympics-related story, but Lochte's giving it a hell of a fight.— Jim Rome (@jimrome) August 18, 2016
*Gabby Douglas doesn't put hand over heart*— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 18, 2016
"Monster! She should smile!"
*Lochte destroys property, lies about mugging*
"Boys will be boys."
This Lochte story truly is about privilege. These dicks think they can do whatever they want to funny foreigners in funny foreign countries.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 18, 2016
Ryan Lochte’s lie was just given a 6.3— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) August 18, 2016
Run into somebody else's country, wave your flag, jack shit up, lie & blame them, haul ass. My people, my people... https://t.co/ZDutzqP3e0— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) August 18, 2016
I have a really good theory about those swimmers and I will be boring people at work today with it— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) August 18, 2016
Amen: https://t.co/GxosIbIykK— Josh Charles (@MrJoshCharles) August 18, 2016
Well, I guess that's one way to get people to stop talking about your hideously dyed hair. #Lochte— Josh Charles (@MrJoshCharles) August 18, 2016
I'm NOT excusing him.— andy lassner (@andylassner) August 18, 2016
He should face the consequences of his actions.
I just understand how lies lead to more lies until you're fucked.
When Lochte went to his barber he asked for the "Untrustworthy."— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) August 18, 2016
Confession: I robbed Ryan Lochte. I used my Lackawanna County Sheriff's badge a squirt gun & a bad Brazilian accent. Sorry.— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) August 18, 2016
When you fake a story about getting robbed at gunpoint and leave your boys in Brazil to deal with it pic.twitter.com/xomExMgwLN— dan haren (@ithrow88) August 18, 2016
I don't know what's going on with Ryan Lochte but my wife had been saying his name in her sleep for years so I hope he burns.— rob delaney (@robdelaney) August 18, 2016
ryan lochte is just confused cause he got sucked into an aquarium filter when he was a baby fish and he can't remember his parents— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) August 18, 2016
He SAYS his name is Ryan Lochte…— (((Joshua Malina))) (@JoshMalina) August 18, 2016
Please stop referring to Lochte as a kid who needs to grow up. That's white privilege in action. He’s 32. He's responsible for this.— (((Touré))) (@Toure) August 18, 2016
Those tweets weren't the only way Hollywood got in on the Lochte drama. Various movies and TV shows quickly became the basis of memes and gifs sent around. Forrest Gump, Zoolander, The Hangover, Pinocchio and even Making a Murderer were all used to comment on Lochte. And Brian Williams, who was found to have repeatedly misstated his role and experience reporting on various incidents, was also the subject of numerous memes. Check out some of those below.
When I heard Ryan Lochte and his teammates got in a fight at a gas station, I immediately thought of this: pic.twitter.com/cAMqQMDIzC— Victoria Leland (@miss_vickilla) August 18, 2016
"I was there with Ryan Lochte when he got robbed in Rio..." pic.twitter.com/CbDHJQW3JK— Zito (@_Zeets) August 18, 2016
Matt Lauer: Ryan, your robbery story isn't adding up?— Zito (@_Zeets) August 18, 2016
Ryan Lochte: pic.twitter.com/r9xD4vMJSL
Only Will Smith can solve this Lochte case pic.twitter.com/PdLnCMQVb9— Zito (@_Zeets) August 18, 2016
Brazilian Police: "And you made the whole story up, didn't you?"— Chief (@BarstoolChief) August 18, 2016
Can't wait for Ryan Lochte to star in the live-action remake of this Disney classic. pic.twitter.com/A5sSsqRQ9v— Michael Blackmon (@blackmon) August 18, 2016