Help me out here, blogosphere. The Internet (OK, my tiny corner of it) has been blowing up since yesterday with people LOLing at this Shit Girls Say video (inspired by this Twitter account) created by Graydon Sheppard and his boyfriend, Kyle Humphrey. The video is just a dude (Sheppard) wearing a wig saying things like “Can you read this and see if it makes sense?” and “I know, right?” while he does regular things like get a drink at a bar, try on clothes, or work at a computer. I figured before watching—based on the name and the nature of the buzz surrounding it—that I’d be put off by the project, but honestly that’s not it. I seriously just DO NOT GET IT AT ALL. Are we laughing because it’s a guy in a wig? (Hey wig guy, Thunderant called and they want their whole deal back.) Have we lowered the bar to the point where rummaging through a purse equals comedy gold? Am I just too girly to find this funny? (Note: I don’t think I’m generally too girly to find things funny.)
What’s wrong with my
sense of humor computer?
Now to be fair, I am female and I certainly have said a bunch of the stuff in the video. But, hasn’t EVERYONE said a bunch of the stuff in that video? It feels so tired and unfunny to me. Like, how is trying to remember your password a clever burn on girls? How is asking for a blanket in a high-pitched voice a super harsh zing for womankind?
Of course, from a feminist perspective, there’s the “making fun of girls is sooo hilarious” aspect of this project too. (Note that the creators say “girls” and not “women” even though they’re clearly talking about adults.) If it were done in a clever, send-uppy kind of way I don’t think it would need to be offensive at all, but since so many of these jokes just DON’T MAKE SENSE (at least to me), the whole thing hinges on making fun of girls in general, like “hahaha GIRLS!” is the entire point. Is that the point? Is asking the point of something just more shit girls say? (*crunches chips loudly, becomes Internet meme*)