Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Macy’s was determined to bring Thanksgiving 2020 some normalcy with its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Although the event happened a bit differently this year, the parade included a slew of elaborate balloons and floats. However, one particular balloon of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has truly captivated the internet’s attention.
This year, that infamous The Rock meme was brought back in larger than life fashion to give us all a laugh or two this Thanksgiving.
The Rock may be one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, but many of us know him for that infamous meme. Yes, we mean the one with the tight black turtleneck and 90s fanny pack.
I wore a black turtleneck sweater to school today and an 8th grader walked in and immediately told me I look “the Rock meme”. K COOL pic.twitter.com/dfQFteVUte
— Erma Gerge (@yayforemma) January 9, 2020
For the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Rock meme was brought back larger than ever before. The festive event included a massive balloon of the actor modeled after his iconic turtleneck and fanny pack look.
On Thursday, NBC shared a clip of the balloon along with the hashtag #youngrock, confirming that the new comedy series Young Rock is arriving in February. According to People, Young Rock “follows the wild times of Dwayne as a kid, a teen and a college footballer.”
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) November 26, 2020
Of course, Johnson had a few thoughts on the Macy’s Parade balloon. He also gave a special shout out to his fashionable fanny pack we will never forget about.
“Well I’ve been lucky enough to do some pretty cool shit in my life.. but after seeing my @NBCYoungRock FANNY PACK FLOAT in the #MacysThanksgivingParade this might take the cake. My plucked raised eyebrow is the stuff dreams (and nightmares) are made of.”
Well I’ve been lucky enough to do some pretty cool shit in my life.. but after seeing my @NBCYoungRock FANNY PACK FLOAT in the #MacysThanksgivingParade this might take the cake.
My plucked raised eyebrow is the stuff dreams (and nightmares) are made of 🤣💀#fannypack4life ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/QpoxfhVMzS
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 26, 2020
Earlier this week, fans got another look at the upcoming Young Rock series. Thanks to Screen Rant, the new behind-the-scenes photos help introduce the three talented actors who will be portraying Johnson throughout the stages of his life onscreen.
Naturally, the internet has a lot of thoughts about the Macy’s Parade balloon of The Rock. Many have flocked to social media to share their thoughts on the nostalgic throwback. Although some are unsure of how they feel about the balloon, others are calling it the beacon of hope 2020 needed.
Let’s just float the Young Rock balloon around the country for the remainder of the year. I think we all need him up there, looking over us. pic.twitter.com/SFG1PTcwy3
— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) November 26, 2020
HOLY SHIT I flipped out at the Young Rock balloon pic.twitter.com/3ZrAW4GAur
— Jacob deGobble (@Jacob_deNobel) November 26, 2020
Welp add the Young Rock to the list of balloons I’d let rail me 🙁
— Alec (@AlecDeclares) November 26, 2020
I do not know the context for why the Young Rock balloon exists, but we are blessed that it does. https://t.co/Nfo75rrvFI
— ❄️ Jodie Troutman ❄️ (@LongTallJodie) November 26, 2020
I did not know that I NEEDED a young Dwayne the Rock Johnson balloon.
— Kristin Elizabeth (@thenalivaika) November 26, 2020
The Young Rock balloon is really saving the Thanksgiving parade this year. #MacysDayParade
— Chelsea Stern (@ChelseaSternPR) November 26, 2020
“my therapist: the young rock balloon isn’t real he can’t hurt you”
the young rock balloon: pic.twitter.com/F3ZbE3U72s
— Rebecca Alter (@ralter) November 26, 2020
Imagine living in New York and waking up to se a giant balloon young Rock floating outside your apartment window. https://t.co/KTO4bSXOA5
— Kid β8 (@Kid_BB8) November 26, 2020
Why does the Young Rock balloon look like he’s trying to holla at me through my car window? https://t.co/0zz6LrTcEZ
— Geoffrey Keel (@GeoffreyKeel) November 26, 2020
What are your reactions to The Rock balloon at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade? Let us know in the comments below.