Charles Dion McDowell, otherwise (now) known as the “neck guy,” recently rose to internet fame after his mugshot went viral. McDowell, who was arrested on drug charges in Florida, had his mugshot posted on the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, and the photo went viral almost immediately due to McDowell’s unusually thick neck.
The post has been shared more than 260 thousand times, with almost 300 thousand comments, most of which involved a series of puns and jokes surrounding McDowell’s neck. Thousands of the comments on the page (that didn’t involve neck puns) were other users tagging their friends on the post just to read and laugh at the comments, which fueled the 260 thousand shares.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office First Posted McDowell’s Mugshot on Facebook
The Escambia Country Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook that McDowell is currently a “guest at the GoldStar hotel,” has a bond of $57,000 and is facing a plethora of charges, including possession with intent to sell cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, among others. The department explained that an arrest warrant was issued by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, which led to his arrest on November 11, two days before his mugshot was posted on Facebook.
“Charles Dion McDowell was arrested for Fleeing/Eluding Police with Lights & Sirens Active, Possession of Meth with Intent to Sell/Manufacture/Deliver, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell/Manufacture/Deliver Schedule II, Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Equipment. McDowell is currently a guest at the GoldStar Hotel with a bond of $57,000.”
The post has been shared more than 230 thousand times, with 250 thousand comments, most of which involved a series of puns and jokes surrounding McDowell’s neck.
2. His Mugshot Quickly Went Viral & Generated Thousands of Neck Puns, Comments & Jokes
McDowell’s mugshot spawned thousands of memes and neck puns, which are still going strong days after his photo went viral. Check out some of the top “liked” comments on the original Facebook post below:
- Ramon Ross: You people should be ashamed of yourselves, all this neckativity isn’t right at all.
- Noble Mcgregor: They gonna put him in jail and throat away the key.
- Dustin Gilland: Dude up to his neck in charges..
Barry Jacobs: His neck is still at LARGE!!!
Keidra Brewer: What they charge this guy with? Neckless Endangerment? Shat!
Clint Freeman: My neck, my back, they took my meth and my crack.
Carlos Levario: That boy got a chest tattoo on his neck…
Diamond Duchess: Y’all come on he gotta lotta weight on his shoulders right now.
Hannibal Hasan: All of his shirts are neckstra large.
AJ Powell: Dat boy can drink peanut butter
Brian White: That neck tattoo cost $6000. They charge per square foot
3. McDowell’s Neck Also Spawned Plenty of Memes, Most of Which Compared Him to Cartoons & Video Game Characters
The comments were just the beginning of this viral trend. Thousands of the comments on the page (that didn’t involve neck puns) were other users tagging their friends on the post just to read and laugh at the comments, which fueled the 230 thousand shares. The post was also shared on Twitter, where industrious tweeters also deployed a number of hilarious, top-shelf memes surrounding McDowell’s muscular neck.
Some of the most popular memes involved “Neckleback,” Koopa from the Super Mario Bros. movie and Odell “Neckham” Jr.
Stephanie Conner wrote: “I refuse to believe that Charles Dion McDowell’s mugshot isn’t photoshopped. He looks like the alien from MIB that would grow a new head when the old one was shot off, he is just about full grown in this pic.”
“Why Charles Dion McDowell look like the bully from SpongeBob?” Twitter user Isaac Phillips wrote on Twitter beneath a picture of McDowell and the bully. Another user compared his mugshot to a picture of Godzilla, asking McDowell to “give Godzilla his neck back.”
Check out a roundup of the best comments, memes and reactions here.
4. McDowell Was Recently Released From Jail & Posted a Video Responding to His New Fame
McDowell is now out of jail, and a video of him responding to his overnight rise to viral fame is circulating social media as he responds to everyone who turned his mugshots into a meme. McDowell gave a “shout out to every female that gave [him] a chance,” and said that he can’t thank them all because there were so many.
Caution: the video uses some harsh language that some viewers may find offensive.
Although many believe the picture was photoshopped, several old mugshots of McDowell also surfaced after his picture went viral, proving that it wasn’t altered, and that McDowell just has an unusually muscular neck. The video above also proves that the picture wasn’t altered.
5. Some Didn’t Find the Memes & Neck Jokes Funny & Defended McDowell on Social Media
There has been some backlash toward the explosion of neck memes, with some commenters scolding others for turning McDowell’s unusually large neck into a joke and “body-shaming” him.
One person wrote that society shouldn’t celebrate “bullying behavior by promoting belittling, joking and meme posts targeting a person,” and another wrote “It is so sad for an individual to talk about someone. He can not help how his neck is. He been bullied mostly his whole life. Stop talking about people. No one is perfect.”
McDowell however, seems to be taking his new viral fame in good humor judging by the video he released thanking his fans for reaching out to him.