Ben Affleck Responds to The New Yorker Calling Him Sad and Chubby

And there's a shout-out to his massive back tattoo!

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Since his divorce from Jennifer Garner, and the commercial failure of Batman v Superman, Ben Affleck has become something of a symbol. And The New Yorker decided to explore Affleck's image in a recent essay (opens in new tab), which the actor has now responded to.

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In a simple tweet (opens in new tab), Affleck clapped back at The New Yorker for eviscerating his public appearance and apparent emotional persona. In the essay, The New Yorker (opens in new tab) famously said:

"Since the split, Affleck has been photographed more than once by the paparazzi, looking despondent. The resulting pictures have become reliable meme-fodder. A series of images of Affleck vaping in his car, his eyes shut in seeming resignation, made the rounds; so did another picture, of the actor smoking a cigarette, his face a mask of exhaustion. "

And, that's not all. Describing the recent sighting of Affleck's gigantic back tattoo (opens in new tab)The New Yorker wrote, "His gut is pooching outward in a way that, in a more enlightened country like, say, France, would perhaps be considered virile, not unlike the lusty Gérard Depardieu in his prime but, in fitness-fascist America, tends to read as Homer Simpsonesque." Unsurprisingly, Affleck is not here for this particular description.

On Thursday, the Argo director tweeted (opens in new tab),"@NewYorker I’m doing just fine. Thick skin bolstered by garish tattoos."

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So, there you have it. Affleck has a giant back tattoo of a phoenix that his ex-wife described to Vanity Fair (opens in new tab) as a "midlife-crisis." But he also has thick skin, and his "garish" ink gives him life. Any questions?

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Amy Mackelden
Amy Mackelden

Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.