Why are City Boyz trying to compete with Hot Girls?

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Get your own thing, dudes.

The differences between men and women have provided a lot of fodder for professional and amateur comedians alike, and not all of it is bad. The recent “Boys Sleepovers versus Girls Sleepovers” meme, for instance, provided a lot of laughs.

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But the new “City Boyz vs. Hot Girls” trend has a meaner, more aggressive feel. It seems to be more about men disrespecting women than about having a bit of harmless fun.

Things got started back in May when rapper Megan Thee Stallion released the album Fever. On the albums cover Stallion says it’s “exclusively for THEE HOTTIES” and “REAL HOT GIRL SH!T”.

This lead to fans declaring 2019 to be “Hot Girl Summer”. The phrase became a meme and blew up on Twitter.

You know a meme is really peaking when brand Twitter gets on board.

Hot Girl Summer doesn’t even have to be about physical beauty. Some women are having Hot Girl Summers by kicking ass at their job or generally taking care of themselves.

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You don’t even have to be a girl to participate. As Stallion said in an interview with The Root, Hot Girl Summer is for everyone.

“So it’s just basically about women and men being unapologetically them,” she said “just having a good-ass time, hyping up your friends, doing you, not giving a damn about what nobody gotta say about it,”

Fun, empowering, inclusive. Hot Girl Summer sounds like a blast.

Then, seemingly from out of nowhere, came the most dangerous of all animals: men with hurt feelings. Something about women feeling good about themselves didn’t quite sit right with certain guys on Twitter. Now had these men used the phrase “City Boyz” to show themselves having a good time that might have been interesting, but instead, where no competition existed, they created one and declared themselves the winner.

Some of these tweets might have been funny on their own, but given the “woman want to feel good about themselves and we can’t have that” context, the jokes tend to fall flat. A lot of the tweets are just about guys being jerks and congratulating themselves.

The problem with “City Boyz” is that it’s not about having a good time, it’s about ruining other people’s good time. Luckily, Megan Thee Stallion jumped in again to remind us what “Hot Girl Summer” is supposed to be all about.

So go out and have a great time this summer, be yourself, do your own thing, just try not to be a whiny little jerk (aka City Boy) while you’re at it.

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David Britton

David Britton

David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.