I Can't Feel My Face Interpretations
With DeShawn Stevenson suddenly the biggest offensive star in D.C. (sorry Todd), the DeShawn "I Can't Feel My Face" waggle has earned some recent media attention. As in this AP photo caption, kindly provided by Reader Michael S., which describes DeShawn thus:
"Washington Wizards' DeShawn Stevenson waves his hand in front of his face after he hit a basket against the Sacramento Kings."
Well, yeah. That's the literal approach, I guess, which also showed up in a recent AP game story: "The scene repeated itself often. DeShawn Stevenson would make a jumper, then wave his right hand over his face. It's his customary celebration."
Oh, that AP. Such tantalizingly delicious prose. Luckily, Tom Knott gets more lyrical wit it, to wit:
Maybe DeShawn Stevenson needs to see a neurologist because of the medical condition involving his face.
Whenever Stevenson is unable to feel his face, often after hitting a 3-pointer, he succumbs to a series of spastic-like gestures with his right hand. This is to let the team's supporters know that he has no feeling in his face at this particular moment in the game and that he is trying to persevere in the clutches of a rare ailment.
Um. Right. In terms of face non-feeling, we come back, as always, not to neurological disorders but to the oft-cited Internet insistence that "I Can't Feel My Face" refers to cocaine usage, as in this quote from "Blow": "I can't feel my face... I mean, I can touch it, but I can't feel it inside...."
But although DeShawn made the "I Can't Feel My Face" t-shirts and wrote the phrase on his shoes, he certainly never referred to illicit drugs (or neurological disorders), and instead credited the move to Tony Yayo's dance steps. And when Yayo was asked about the waggle, he in turn credited the move to 50 Cent's son:
Although the movement looks strikingly similar to WWE heavyweight champ John Cena's "You can't see me" move, Yayo says he came up with it after hanging with 50 Cent's little boy, Marquise.
"Me and 50's son created that when I was on the run," he explained. "I had nothing better to do. I was in the house, and we was playing around."
Which means that really, the AP and Tom Knott and whoever else tackles this subject as DeShawn surges toward the top of the NBA scoring charts in upcoming days should give credit where credit is due: to some 10-year-old kid named 25 Cent.
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