Episodes are sometimes accompanied by an emotional meltdown often perceived by witnesses as distasteful and gauche, if not wholly disingenuous.
Derivation: The term's origin is thought to be Sally Field's acceptance speech of her 1984 Best Actress Oscar for "Places in the Heart". Though widely feted and highly-esteemed, the actress nevertheless exclaimed: "I've wanted more than anything to have your respect...I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!"
As the "get-off-the-stage-music" swelled, panning cameras for the live broadcast many pre-botox celebrities candidly exhibiting expressions ranging from pathos to contempt.
The term was quickly accepted within the lexicon as a mildly snarkish pop-culture reference applied to any awkward episode that provoked vicarious embarrassment for having witnessed another's regressive collapse of public composure.
____ just called & asked me out
and u said....
wait </end SallyFieldMoment>
better now...said maybe
ur pathetic jk bff
In work conversation:
"Read yur email - that temp is now perm - total Sally Field Moment now in progress"
"I so hate her"
"Me too - heard she swallows"
"he hired her didn't he?
"Wanna go purge? - 3rd floor, crip stall"
"I'm so there"
In social conversation:
"damn whooda hottie"
"don't even go there gurl - all we did was 69 and it was Sally Field Moment in the morning"
"oh no he didn't - pity, sistergurl don't do mercyfucks"
"did I mention he's a bareback top"
"no bitch u did not - finish my drink and rescuecall me by midnight - u know I go coyote"
"a'ight gurlfriend, work that ho-ass"