Crying Evan Hansen refers to a screenshot from Dear Evan Hansen in which Ben Platt, as the title character, is sobbing. The screenshot was mocked online for Platt's expression, particularly as many feel he looks too old to play a teenager, and used as a reaction and photoshop memes.
On September 16th, 2023, Universal Pictures posted the final trailer for Dear Evan Hansen. At 3:27 in the trailer, Ben Platt can be seen weeping (shown below).
On September 24th, 2023, Twitter user @lonelyt00thpick posted a still frame from the weeping scene (shown below, left). The following day, user @gutznotguts posted the same screenshot, saying "There is no way this is a real screenshot from Dear Evan Hansen," gaining over 50 retweets and 600 likes (shown below, right).
Users soon began making memes with the image. For example, user @maine_gov posted the image with the caption "just remembered massachusetts exists," gaining over 350 retweets and 5,200 likes (shown below, left). User @filmgal posted a photoshopped still from Midsommar, gaining over 540 retweets and 6,800 likes (shown below, right). The meme was covered by the Daily Dot.
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