John Barrowman is best known for his numerous performances in London’s West End as well as Desperate Housewives, Arrow, and his award-winning turn in Torchwood. Most recently, he has been seen eating his way to victory on the UK reality series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here. For Americans not familiar with the show, it is a bit like Survivor but with 12 celebrities abandoned in an Australian jungle.
According to the show’s IMDb:
“In order to earn food, they must perform Bushtucker Trials which challenge them physically and mentally.”
Barrowman’s most recent challenge required him to eat incredibly unpleasant things. The item on this week’s menu was a bull penis. As one would expect, the challenge left the actor gasping for air (as well as a proper meal), but his reaction was so dramatically hilarious that people could not get enough.
One particular image of Barrowman burying his face into his elbow while attempting a whole-hearted thumbs up has people cackling. Barrowman’s attempt at looking okay when he clearly was not is oh-so-relatable — and perfect meme material.
Many people could not help but relate his reaction to their own questionable consumption choices.
— Abbie ♡ Winton (@abbiewintonn) December 9, 2018
— A Brief Commentary Of… (@ABriefCom) December 9, 2018
— Lucy Young (@lucyyoungg_) December 9, 2018
— Scott Rutherford (@ScottRuth) December 9, 2018
Others felt as though it was a direct reflection of their attempt to get through everyday life.
— lucy (@LUCYSUNIVERSES) December 9, 2018
— Ow3n_2003 (@DoshInACan) December 10, 2018
— Samuel Winner (@samadamwinner) December 9, 2018
— beth 🎄 (@beth_shirlaw) December 9, 2018
— 🖤 (@K1NSI) December 9, 2018
— Michael Van-Dongen (@hiitpoint) December 10, 2018
— Dan Williams 🏴 (@Dan_Williams_98) December 9, 2018
Barrowman came in third place in the competition, but first place in meme-making fans’ hearts.