Macaulay Culkin, on his birthday: Wanna feel old? I’m 40

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You know the Want to Feel Old meme? Somebody, usually on Twitter, poses the question and then dates some revered moment from our youth as being a ridiculously long time ago. I am usually pretty aware of my age but every once in a while, I’m stunned by these tweets. Like when I found out Baby Jessica, who was 18 months when she was rescued during my first semester in college, is now married with kids around the same age as mine. Sometimes the meme is mean. Sometimes they’re completely fabricated. But rarely are they as funny as the one Macaulay Culkin posted on his birthday:

It was going to be written anyway, it’s just that much better that Macaulay beat us all to the punch. He followed his own tweet up with a double punch, saying, “It’s my gift to the world: I make people feel old. I’m no longer a kid, that’s my job.” Once again, too true, we always say things like, “poor So-and-So, they will forever be (character name) in the public’s eye.” But Macaulay and other notable child stars will forever have people upset because they do, in fact, make us all feel old. I think even Neil Patrick Harris is still relegated back to Doogie Howser when people of my generation come to terms with the passage of time. The good news is that Macaulay does have such a good sense of humor about himself. He’s been poking fun at his fame for a while. Like the video of his Home Alone character, Kevin McCallister, driving an Uber. Given the trajectory of Macauley’s childhood career, the subsequent issues with his father, his becoming a protégé to Michael Jackson (although I recognize he has a very healthy relationship with his godchildren, Jackson’s three kids) and when things looked like the wheels might be coming off the cart in his teens, Macaulay has turned out to be a successful child-star -transitioning to-an-adult story that I, for one, couldn’t be happier to see.

Going back to his tweet that was designed to make us feel old, Twitter had a field day with it:

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  1. Ronaldinhio says:

    Loved his yesterday and read the Esquire (?) article
    I’m so glad to see him n a healthy loving place

  2. smcollins says:

    I saw a “Wanna feel old?” meme a while back that Jake from Sixteen Candles is 60 😯

    • Esmom says:

      Omg. Although now that I’m over 50, I tell my kids, and they agree, that 60 is not old, it’s middle aged.

      I’ve always loved Mac, he is a true delight now.

  3. Escondista says:

    Awwww I just hope he’s happy!!!! Happy (belated) birthday and much love to him!

  4. Eleonor says:

    AHAAHA! Perfect.
    There is also one tweet where he asks suggestions to start his midlife crisis.

  5. Megs283 says:

    Ok, Macauley Culkin’s tweet didn’t work (because he will always be older than me), but the info about Catherine O’Hara…. NOOOOOO

    Has anyone seen the doc Showbiz Kids on HBO? It features interviews of child actors….

  6. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    I didn’t realize he and I are that close in age! I just turned 40 in May but I haven’t had any crisis/panic about it… yet.

  7. Michael says:

    thats now the 4th most liked tweet of all time. The first two are from President Obama. The third is by… Andy milonakas. The world is strange.

  8. Case says:

    Love this. He seems like a really nice dude. He and Brenda song are super cute together, too.

  9. manda says:

    I actually assumed I was way more than three years older than him, so no, I don’t feel old. Also, I was carded buying wine and vodka today, and that’s always a pick-me-up. Happy friday, y’all!!!

  10. FHMom says:

    That does make me feel old, but just about everything does these days.

  11. Natchan says:

    When I saw this on Twitter it made me laugh. I still see him as the little kid from Home Alone, so I was surprised that I’m only two years older than him!

  12. SomeChick says:

    <3 Macaulay! He really does have a great sense of humor. He has been through a lot, and he's such a mensch.

    My fave Macaulay fun fact is that he is truly an introvert at heart. He had a monthly club night in NYC based on what was on his ipod. It was called Macaulay Culkin's ipod. When he didn't feel like going out, he just sent his ipod over to the club. He's said he loves that his dog makes him go outside. I can relate!

  13. Dragonlady sakura says:

    I’m only four years older than him…damn, now I’m sad. 😞

  14. Amando says:

    I’m going to be 40 this year. Ughhhh I’m not looking forward to it.