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- ESPN host Stephen A. Smith posted a clip of himself saying some of his catchphrases in front of a green screen on Twitter.
- Immediately, fans jumped on the video and edited Smith into different movies, music videos, and other questionable situations.
- Check out the best of the memes below.
Stephen A. Smith is one of the hardest working men in sports.
Between his daily radio show, countless appearances on ESPN talking-heads shows, and reporting from courtside before and after NBA games, Smith’s presence at the Worldwide Leader in Sports is inescapable.
While Smith schtick was once dismissed by some as bloviating, over the past few years, he’s leaned into his bit with a hint of self-awareness, and become a beloved character on the internet.
On Thursday, Smith gave both his fans and his haters some amazing material to work with when he released a 90-second clip of him recording different reactions and promotions in front of a green screen.
Through the video, Smith is a true professional, giving lines different reads and adjusting to the producer’s directions on the fly.
Regardless of the initial purpose of the shoot, once Smith released the green screen footage, the internet had a field day, bringing to life some of his most infamous platitudes.
The chaos began on Thursday, when Smith posted the clip of him going through some of his classic lines and reactions in front of a green screen.
Some outtakes for y'all ???? pic.twitter.com/0ueb2yTqAY
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) March 7, 2019
Almost immediately, fans of Smith began making their own edits, with his refrain that people “STAY OFF THE WEEEEEEED” cited on numerous occasions.
— Hector Diaz (@iamHectorDiaz) March 7, 2019
Some imagined Smith into televisions shows, such as “Law and Order.”
When they don't stay off the WEED pic.twitter.com/rT5wvDV2U7
— Kofie (@KofieYeboah) March 7, 2019
While one creative individual edited Smith into Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” video.
Stephen A x Beyonce pic.twitter.com/grAusUhl2M
— Matt Rahemba (@MattRahemba) March 7, 2019
Smith was also imagined as a member of “Suicide Squad.”
— blackdragonroll (@blackdragonroll) March 7, 2019
While other edits just appeared to be nightmare fuel.
— Anthony Fanelli (@Anthony_Fanelli) March 7, 2019
Still, the most effective memes are sometimes the simplest, such as this gem of Smith’s oft-used epithet, “blasphemous.”
— Leprechaun in the Hood (@YoungQwan) March 7, 2019
Thanks to Smith’s infections charm, almost any video involving him and a green screen will be a delight.
Putting Stephen A Smith in front of a green screen probably wasn't the best idea, but we had fun with it. pic.twitter.com/ZNCKx17BDU
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) March 7, 2019