The Black Fly

March 15th, 2011

The Black Fly - Behind The Awkwardness

“This was from one of my dance recitals – my dance teacher chose me to be in the older girls’ dance, where they were spiders. I was dressed like a fly and buzzed around the stage until they trapped me with a white parachute (their spider web). Possibly the most embarrassing photo of me ever…”

(submitted by Jenny)

64 Responses to “The Black Fly”

  1. BK24bk says:

    Possibly, you say?

  2. Arccos says:

    This is in fact a great and very stylish picture! I can imagine it as a CD music cover for Red Hot Chilli Peppers or perhaps Green Day.

  3. Paige says:

    You’d think they could’ve taken the handles off the strainers at least !

  4. Kay says:

    I know how you feel, Jenny. I was also somehow employed into such dance class embarrassment.
    Only instead of a fly, I was Puff the Magic Dragon in full costume and the theme of Act I was something to do with childhood — so basically I was a ‘guest’ who opened for the younger kids’ dances… it wasn’t even my segment of the recital.
    I sweat bullets in the giant suit! I know there is video out there, somewhere… if anyone ever finds a photo and puts it on this website, I don’t know what I would do. hahahaha! :-)
    Is there a way to feel honored and shamed at the same time? That probably sums up that moment of my childhood.

  5. Allison says:

    And I thought my Chiquita Banana Girl costume when I was 12 was embarrassing…and rightly so, my face was visible! At least you can say its not you! But still, bravo for posting Jenny!

  6. Sidney says:

    You can say you were an original fly girl, just like JLo.

  7. babytoes says:

    Thank goodness you can’t be identified behind to two sieves.

  8. Jess says:

    The strainers are effing awesome.

  9. How brave of you to post it! It’s really not that bad. It’s cute. :)

  10. LuLu says:

    Luckily we can’t really see your face, so tell everyone it is your sister or cousin and nobody will be the wiser.

  11. Ern says:

    How is this only “possibly” your most embarassing picture?!?

  12. Noneya says:

    It’s the strainers for eyes that truly make this picture.

  13. Rob says:

    How is this “possibly” the most embarassing photo of you ever?

  14. Tara says:

    Jenny, at least nobody can recognize you in your most embarrassing pic! You could totally deny it! :)

  15. Erika says:

    A man calls to the waiter and says, “there’s a fly in my soup. What is it doing there?” and the waiter says…. “the backstroke”. Hence, the swim cap!!!!

  16. justme says:

    Honestly, those who think this is not awkward, what exactly does it take to make you think something IS awkward??

  17. CamdensGramps says:

    What did your Mother do when the pasta was al dente?

  18. JerseyPam says:

    Really creative! I’m trying to imagine what the spiders wore…windshield wipers and woks, maybe a black painted bouncy ball?

  19. mc says:

    That little back kick makes this pic!!

  20. MTFF says:

    I LOVE this. I don’t think it’s awkward at all (except for you, maybe, when you’re trying to get a date with someone with zero imagination). I think it’s creative, clever and you look great.

  21. peg says:

    He’s pretty fly for a white guy

  22. Don says:

    Thanks for the explanation. At first I thought this was the USA Swim Team’s new hi-tech suit for the London Summer Olympics.

  23. Mark says:

    “POSSIBLY” the most embarrassing photo of you ever? Really? What could be worse? (please feel free to add possible suggestions)

  24. Sioux says:

    shouldn’t this be on the awkward family pets site?

  25. Abe says:

    Eye strain affects millions of insects each year. Won’t you help?

  26. Julie YARBROUGH says:

    The handles are the fly’s mouth part, you know the long sucky thing? I’m not sure if I like the strainer eyes best or the window shade wings…hard choice really. And the others are right, you could deny this to your grave and no one would be the wiser. lol

  27. dabug72 says:

    I ballet danced in a chicken suit while I was a student in high school…now that’s embarrassing!

  28. David says:

    Lady GaGa would love this…but she’d lower the strainers and use them for a bra.

  29. RockSlut says:

    Why didn’t anybody take the handles off of the strainers over her eyes? That’s the awkward part. It is so distracting. Despite everything else going on in this picture, the handles are all I can look at.

    • CB says:

      I initially thought the same thing. Then I thought that it actually mimics the nasty mouth bits of a fly, so it works all around, and is actually doubly clever for that reason.

  30. Nelley says:

    HONEY! if this is embarrassing… you ain’t lived! we can not even see your face. you can blame this one on just about any body else.

  31. Jen says:

    How in the world did you see?

  32. bequi says:

    Is that a pair of sunscreens and some strainers?! Hahahaha!!!

  33. Bethany says:

    Haha–the strainers for the eyes are the best!

  34. serg says:

    cute! strange, but creative.

  35. Maureen says:

    I LOVE the eyes.

  36. steph says:

    well the good thing is….your most embarassing photo and you aren’t recognizable.

  37. Morger says:

    Funds were cut that year.

  38. Kristen says:

    That’s child abuse.

  39. Michelle Parsneau says:

    I actually think this is pretty cute and not awkward at all.

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