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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.
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”.
yes, i set a timer for these pics. i just wanna be apart of hot girl summer /: pic.twitter.com/R2GtMHzwtg— justice (@jaielona) July 11, 2019
You know a meme is really peaking when brand Twitter gets on board.
The Official Drink of Hot Girl Summer https://t.co/hypy2kVdTG— Wendy's (@Wendys) July 9, 2019
Summer 19 in three words: hot girl summer. PERIODT!— Maybelline New York (@Maybelline) July 10, 2019
How’s your hot girl summer going? 😏
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.
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.
Shawty said "when we linking again" i said "afta me n ya best friend chill in the morning" #CityBoyz— Playboi (@SLAAT_) July 5, 2019
Party at the crib tonight. Guys are $2, girls are $5 lmao #CityBoyz— City Boy 2crack (@2crack_14) July 6, 2019
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.
Order her and all her friends drinks at the club & put them on her tab #CityBoyz— FONZ (@feelinlike_fonz) July 4, 2019
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.
We ain’t loosing nothing ! this summer is supposed to be about us doing wtf we wanna do having fun! https://t.co/FIPzYBnOqm— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) July 10, 2019
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.
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.