Photo of Ben Affleck Juggling Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffees Inspires Wave of 2020 Memes

Social media users are making memes and jokes about the end of a stressful year after seeing recent paparazzi photos of actor Ben Affleck struggling to carry an armload of coffee and food from Dunkin Donuts.

In the photos, the 48-year-old actor steps onto the front porch of a California Pacific Palisades residence and seems to struggle as he tries to retrieve a mailing tube while also carrying at least 3 large iced coffees and a takeout container of donut holes.

Numerous Twitter users have joked about how the image of Affleck struggling to do too many things by himself at home is an illustration of how overwhelmed most Americans have felt during a tumultuous year marked by a pandemic and stay-at-home orders.

@LlamaCrooked wrote, "We got excited about Ben Affleck trending on Twitter. More Batman? Nope! Just a photo that is everyone in 2020 - the look of frustration, confusion, and lack of control! #benaffleck #dunkin"

We got excited about Ben Affleck trending on Twitter. More Batman? Nope! Just a photo that is everyone in 2020 - the look of frustration, confusion, and lack of control! #benaffleck #dunkin pic.twitter.com/F0ZT3gBr5H

— Crooked Llama (@LlamaCrooked) December 31, 2020

@pineapplebreads posted the donuts photo and three other images of Affleck looking tired over the past year and wrote, "Ben Affleck as 2020."

Ben Affleck as 2020 pic.twitter.com/F30XexviRy

— jay ✦⁺ (@pineapplebreads) December 31, 2020

@OpenInqueery posted the donuts image and another image of Affleck smoking a cigarette with his face mask pulled above his mouth, and wrote, "Ben Affleck has been me all of 2020 and I love it."

Ben Affleck has been me all of 2020 and I love it. pic.twitter.com/IVzOGGItwM

— Queer and full of fear. (@OpenInqueery) December 31, 2020

@jangstar97 empathized with the previous comment, posting another image of Affleck smoking and looking exhausted outdoors, and commenting, "my year summed up in two ben affleck photos."

my year summed up in two ben affleck photos pic.twitter.com/PKeHplewtv

— song kang only (@jangstar97) December 31, 2020

@DoncoEnterprise wrote, "Those pictures of Ben Affleck dropping his Dunkin' Donuts made me laugh harder than anything in recent memory. It's just a perfect depiction of the nightmare that is human life."

Those pictures of Ben Affleck dropping his Dunkin' Donuts made me laugh harder than anything in recent memory. It's just a perfect depiction of the nightmare that is human life.

— Donald Neuhaus (@DoncoEnterprise) December 31, 2020

Appreciating the photo's humor, @masterwayne___ commented, "Ben Affleck saving the last day of 2020 by simply ordering Dunkin Donuts," and included a short video of a professional-looking woman with an accent in a moving car, closing her laptop, removing her glasses and telling viewers, "You guys are in a crisis. I'm on my way."

Ben Affleck saving the last day of 2020 by simply ordering Dunkin Donuts pic.twitter.com/YtwqFn4fi1

— Master Wayne (@masterwayne___) December 31, 2020

@princessbozo wrote, "ben affleck is twitter's sisyphus," a reference to the Greek mythological figure who was punished by the Zeus, king of the Gods, for twice cheating death by being trapped in the underworld and made to endlessly roll a large boulder up a hill, only to have the boulder roll back down the hill for all eternity. Sisyphus has since become a symbol of someone who toils endlessly as a meaningless task.

ben affleck is twitter’s sisyphus

— nat (@princessbozo) December 31, 2020

@alexpardee commented, "I FINALLY have something in common with Ben Affleck."

I FINALLY have something in common with Ben Affleck pic.twitter.com/duAQiIW0ZY

— Alex Pardee (@alexpardee) December 31, 2020

@dunevillenuve wrote, "cant believe i relate to this picture or ben affleck more than my own family."

cant believe i relate to this picture or ben affleck more than my own family pic.twitter.com/eXd9ngR3nH

— yalitza apariciosus (@dunevillenuve) December 31, 2020

@KerithBurke humorously noted, "Not only can Ben Affleck balance a large Dunkin' order, he can make the lower half of his body invisible", a reference to the fact that Affleck's legs in black sweatpants seem to vanish into the black door behind him.

Not only can Ben Affleck balance a large Dunkin’ order, he can make the lower half of his body invisible pic.twitter.com/EXWScl6KDS

— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) December 31, 2020

@AdamBlickstein joked, "Ben Affleck orders Dunkin' like he's a contestant on Super Sloppy Double Dare," a reference to the currently non-running Nickelodeon game show involving sloppy "physical challenges" involving food products and messy liquids like water, foam and slime.

Ben Affleck orders Dunkin' like he's a contestant on Super Sloppy Double Dare pic.twitter.com/Oph9Yr2MVi

— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) December 31, 2020

@Larakate commented, "I was really sad about NYE being cancelled but the Ben Affleck Dunkin' Donuts memes are nursing my spirit back to health."

I was really sad about NYE being cancelled but the Ben Affleck Dunkin’ Donuts memes are nursing my spirit back to health.

— Lara Cohen 💅🏼 (@Larakate) December 31, 2020

@coursxr provided an optimistic wish for the future, stating, "My hope for 2021 is that I experience the joy of loving something as much as Ben Affleck loves Dunkin' Donuts." The Twitter user's image was a collage of numerous times that Affleck has been photographed carrying the company's coffee.

My hope for 2021 is that I experience the joy of loving something as much as Ben Affleck loves Dunkin’ Donuts pic.twitter.com/gWI5umTaGt

— Courser (@coursxr) December 31, 2020

@Hadyn_Smith wasn't as optimistic. "If I had to make a prediction on how 2021 will look like I'd have to pick this picture of Ben Affleck dropping his Dunkin' Donuts", the Twitter user wrote.

If I had to make a prediction on how 2021 will look like I’d have to pick this picture of Ben Affleck dropping his Dunkin’ Donuts pic.twitter.com/IR9Tn9mBDB

— Hadyn Smith (@Hadyn_Smith) December 31, 2020

@IanFortey took issue with the public's obsession over a relatively mundane celebrity photo amid an ongoing pandemic. "Lemme see here. 83 million infected in a global pandemic, 1.81 million dead in a year...what perfectly sums this up? What image encapsulates this and OH MY GOD IS THAT BEN AFFLECK WITH DUNKIN DONUTS?!?!"

Lemme see here. 83 million infected in a global pandemic, 1.81 million dead in a year...what perfectly sums this up? What image encapsulates this and OH MY GOD IS THAT BEN AFFLECK WITH DUNKIN DONUTS?!?! pic.twitter.com/sXcA7xqkbu

— Ian Fortey on a Shelf...watching (@IanFortey) December 31, 2020

@Miridunn seemed to split the difference, writing, "Ben Affleck is trending bc he dropped some Dunkin Donuts. HE DROPPED SOME DUNKIN DONUTS! That is either the dumbest thing ever that speaks volumes about our pathetic existence & how we deserve everything we get OR it is THE thing we need to see right now. I can't decide."

Ben Affleck is trending bc he dropped some Dunkin Donuts. HE DROPPED SOME DUNKIN DONUTS! That is either the dumbest thing ever that speaks volumes about our pathetic existence & how we deserve everything we get OR it is THE thing we need to see right now. I can't decide.

— Miriam Dunn (@Miridunn) December 31, 2020

Newsweek contacted Affleck's agent for comment.

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An image of actor Ben Affleck struggling to carry donuts and coffee from Dunkin Donuts has provided some levity on social media as a tough pandemic-ridden election year comes to an end. In this January 9, 2017 photo, Affleck attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Live By Night" at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty