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It’s a rule that no matter what women do, a man will come along to make fun of them for it. It’s like the “If She Breathes, She a Thot” meme only from the inside out: if women like something, men will turn up en masse to tell them it’s garbage.
Twitter user Ryan the Leader (@ryantheleader), who also runs a YouTube comedy channel, decided to post the following video in which he does an impression of what he imagines women on Twitter are like. There’s a lot of whining about astrology and what is probably an attempt to twerk coupled with some revealing statements about what he clearly thinks women are like.
girls on twitter: pic.twitter.com/JefH2aBddi— Ryan (@ryantheleader_) August 20, 2019
A highlight was his repeated “men are trash because a man was mean to me one time” impression, revealing what might be a tender spot for him. It was something both men and women on Twitter noted in response to the video.
I wonder why they think men are tra— oh. Yeah.— Sam Dylan Finch 🍓 (@samdylanfinch) August 22, 2019
Men on twitter:https://t.co/VkXGJtyGdo— Katy Montgomerie 🦗 (@KatyMontgomerie) August 22, 2019
There were some truly cutting reviews, with Zach Hershel saying, “I’m genuinely shocked that NONE of these jokes land. Like you didn’t even accidentally do one funny thing.”
I'm genuinely shocked that NONE of these jokes land. Like you didn't even accidentally do one funny thing.— Zach Heltzel (@zachheltzel) August 22, 2019
This is what you get if you filter the misogyny of Stefan Molyneux, Steven Crowder and Paul Joseph Watson through used toilet paper, and use the resulting sludge as content— Chud Logic (@chudlogic) August 22, 2019
maybe try doing something where you don’t have to be funny. multiple career options where it’s not a requirement!— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) August 22, 2019
I feel suddenly closer to death after having watched that. Like, I stared into the witch's eye and saw that video as the source of my expiration. pic.twitter.com/Rlz97o6sue— Mike Plugh 🌹🌶 (@mikeplugh) August 22, 2019
more like "guys on twitter (probably drunk) who think they understand girls but don't cause they've never actually met one" P.S you need to shower— 🌈 (@hlwmnizer) August 22, 2019
Maybe Ryan’s a time traveler? As @JohnnieBratwurst points out, this would have landed well in 2011 (though it wouldn’t really have been funny then either).
damn this man is making hot content for the year 2011. nailed it bud— feed me a stray brät (@JonnieBratwurst) August 22, 2019
Twitter user Annie (@kissinboothgirl) helpfully summarised the video for those unable to sit through it: “just say u hate women and go.”
just say u hate women and go— annie (@kissinboothgirl) August 21, 2019
And real questions were raised about men trying to work as comedians. Are they even funny? Twitter user Mira Sanger (@JuicedGender) thinks this is proof they aren’t, though it’s hardly fair to judge all men by one abject failure.
Objective proof that men aren't funny— Mira Sanger (@JuicedGender) August 22, 2019
Are men broken?— Anna, Princess of Antifa (@AnnaVolodova) August 22, 2019
There was some speculation into his personal life to try and understand how on earth someone could think this qualified as comedy. Maybe he got his heart broken and now he’s as bitter and twisted as the women he’s convinced all say men are trash are? Aw.
This gives off major “I was hurt by an e-girl” vibes. This absolutely ain’t it dude— Joey ⚡️ (@joeygllghr) August 22, 2019
damn dude, when that girl didn’t reply to ur dm it really took a toll on u— 𝔦𝔱’𝔰 𝔞 𝔪𝔢, 𝔰𝔱𝔬𝔧𝔞𝔫 (@edgybat) August 22, 2019
This feels like a meltdown someone has after a breakup except less funny— Mindy Furano (@MindyFurano) August 22, 2019
Maybe its some kind of ironic meta-commentary on the kind of men who actually think like this? After all, as Twitter user MORK (@MORK_MORK_) says, it’s pretty ironic “producing such leaden garbage comprised 100% of overtrodden hacky ‘jokes’ only to finish off with “i don’t have a personal opinion i just listen to everybody else’s.”
Maybe that’s the point and he’s actually a comedic genius? It’s unlikely.
Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org