‘Sh*t people say’ videos: Please, we beg you, make them stop!
Please, do us all a favor and quit it with the Sh*t [insert stereotype] says videos. We’ve had enough.
Today, we received multiple emails, Facebook wall posts and tweets regarding the latest installment: “Sh*t Nobody says,” an ironic twist spoofing things no one ever says. Yes, there were parts of the video that made us chuckle, mainly the phrase “could you please keep smacking your gum?” (ed. note: The parade of messages I received was due to the fact that anyone who’s ever met me knows my biggest pet peeve in life is the sound of someone chewing).
This got us thinking, though, and we’re putting a request out to the universe: Enough! Make it stop! They videos had their moment in the sun, but now they’re not funny anymore.
It was one month ago exactly that “Sh*t Girls Say” hit YouTube. The video went viral, we all laughed, and, long live social media, shared it with friends. Then the second episode hit and we laughed just as hard, if not harder.
You see, what made the first and second episodes of the original videos funny was that girls, perhaps without realizing it, actually say that stuff. Show us one girl who hasn’t stopped in the middle of the road to ask herself “did I lock the door?” or asked a friend to split a cookie and we’ll show you a liar. That’s exactly why it’s funny. The video called out us girls on all the ridiculous things we often say.
But why couldn’t it stop there? Instead, more and more videos followed with crap every stereotype says. Hipsters, gay men, black people, gay men and their cats (we’re not kidding), yogis, fat people … and the list goes on.
No hipster asks if Brooklyn is the new Manhattan, and yogi’s don’t ask each other to take wheat grass shots after class. Again, we’re returning to the idea that it’s not funny because it’s not real.
Why do we live in a culture where we try so hard to desperately cling on to anything successful and funny and drag it on until it completely kills the joke?
So, if you think you have an awesome “Sh*t someone says” idea and want to make a video, please, just don’t. We promise you, it’s not as funny as you think it is.
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