Ben Affleck Calls Back Tattoo 'Garish' In Response To Critical Article

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In the tabloid pictures, Affleck is depicted staring out into the surf with his shoulders hunched, his colorful dragon back tattoos visible to the camera. The revelation that Affleck lied about the tattoo spawned plenty of attention, including a piece from the New Yorker titled, "The Great Sadness of Ben Affleck", analyzing recent photos of the actor looking despondent. Lopez said on "Watch What Happens Live".

Affleck is in swim trunks and therefore shirtless, with the massive, multi-colored tattoo plainly visible. Matt Damon defended his longtime friend during an interview on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah", albeit with a few suppressed laughs.

The New Yorker article argued that ever since Affleck's 2015 split from Jennifer Garner, paparazzi photos have shown a "Sad Ben", from him vaping in his auto to the low-energy interviews he gave during the "Batman v Superman" press tour. Naomi Fry wrote about the "sad Ben Affleck" meme from a couple years ago when his turn as Batman got harsh reviews, and pondered why the idea of Affleck being depressed resonates so much in our culture. 'I support him in all of his artistic expression'.

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Specifically, the piece called out the tattoo and how it seems reflective not just of his suggested downfall, but of the fall of man in the modern world. "There is something about this exhausted father that reflexively induces panic", Fry concluded.

"He tweeted: "@NewYorker I'm doing just fine. Fry didn't let the tattoo go unnoticed, and described it as "enormous" and "garish" in her article. There are many who said they were not a fan, and that includes Affleck's two exes, Garner and Jennifer Lopez, who have never shied away from expressing their dislike of the ink in interviews long before this issue popped out again this year.

While some made fun of Ben Affleck's supposed weight gain, a few people in the fitness industry noted that the actor was probably in between training faces.

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