Ryan Gosling hates the ‘Hey Girl’ meme


It’s no secret 2016 has been a year filled with disappointments. Famous people have died, the election cycle was a nightmare, and Ryan Gosling doesn’t gotdamn get his own meme.

He’s pro-“Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal” but incredibly anti-“Hey Girl” and he’s not afraid to let the world know. Back in August, he threw a fit about the meme and the fact that, perhaps up until that moment, “Hey girl” was simply something he’d never said before:

“I never said it! I never said it. Now, I understand if you’re in a movie and you say, ‘You complete me,’ or ‘I’m just a girl standing in front of a guy,’ and that follows you around, and you’ve got to own that. But I never said it.” 

He spoke out about “Feminist Ryan Gosling” as well, calling himself “not a good person” who doesn’t “even compost, man!”

Gosling’s anti-meme stance is back in the news thanks to a fresh interview with Variety in which he likened “Hey Girl” to Fabio breaking his nose after a renegade pigeon slammed into his face while he was riding a rollercoaster. Gosling says:

“Do you remember when Fabio got hit in the face with a pigeon on the roller coaster and it broke his nose. Sometimes I feel like I’m the pigeon and the internet is Fabio’s face. Actually, I don’t know if I’m the pigeon or I’m Fabio’s face. Depends on the day, I guess.”

Ryan, ouch.

April Siese

April Siese

A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.