SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (PIX11) – An upstate New York high school senior has become an internet sensation with his 80s inspired yearbook portrait with his cat.
"I don't want to go in the yearbook with the generic 'I look like everyone else' photo," 17-year-old Draven Rodriguez told the Daily Gazette. "I wanted a 'He looks great. Only he would try that' photo."
In the photo, credited to Vincent Giordano, Rodriguez is wearing a suit and holding his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, up to his cheek.
The photo also includes blue and pink lasers, and a large image of Mr. Bigglesworth looking thoughtfully into the distance.
Rodriguez said he didn't want his yearbook photo to look like everyone else ... and he certainly achieved that effect.
"Cats and lasers . . . sarcastic. It's so outlandish and ridiculous," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez has created an online petition -- a "preemptive strike" he calls it -- garnering support for the portrait.
A school spokeswoman told the Gazette that the photo will in fact be allowed in the yearbook, but not in the senior portrait section.
"It doesn't mean the photo won't be in the yearbook. It just means it won't be in the section where the more professional photos are," the spokeswoman said.
"I can work with that," Rodriguez said of the school's decision.
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