Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Maroney explained the focus and intensity that led to the pout-turned-meme. When asked if she is as "stern" as she appears during competitions, the 16-year-old said,
"No, I'm not, but it appears [as though I am] when I'm on TV. I think it looks like I am. Sometimes I scare myself a little bit. I'm just really focused and really serious, I guess, and I think it's really funny, that Tumblr. It makes them and me laugh all the time."
The Tumbler blog that Maroney is referring to, as well as the meme and the accompanying #notimpressed hashtag took off after Maroney finished second in the vault, an event she had been favored to win, when she fell on her second vault. During the medal ceremony, she was seen with a somewhat snarky expression, looking obviously upset.
Images have been created showing Maroney not impressed by things such as baby pandas, the "Miracle on the Hudson," and the remake of "Total Recall" (though admittedly, not many were impressed by that).
Among the latest images (they continue to be added) are Maroney not impressed by the Spice Girls at the closing ceremonies of "her Olympics" and the ability of Luke Skywalker to bulls-eye womp rats.
One thing we ourselves continue to be impressed by: her good-natured response to the meme. Appearing on "The Late Show," she and her teammates showed David Letterman that she had taught all of them to do "the not-impressed face" (embedded).