Rat on a cat on a dog woman cradles and protects child

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Conservative blogger gets mocked for praising traditional gender roles during hurricane rescue

This is how it ought to be.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 29, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 7:00 pm CDT

About once a year, a perfect, dumb tweet comes along—a tweet so mind-boggling bad in form and content that it demands to be mocked. No one needs to coordinate the meme-ification of the Bad Tweet, it just happens, as if the masses have scented its Bad Tweet Pheromones and closed in to feast on it. This year’s Bad Tweet comes from conservative blogger Matt Walsh, who is obsessed with outdated gender roles:

Walsh apparently saw this AP photo of a man, woman, and child in the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey when it was tweeted by another conservative account, with the caption “toxic masculinity and privilege.” The joke here is supposed to be that anyone who mentions “toxic masculinity” or “privilege” believes all white men are terrible, even the ones who apparently rescue people from floods. (Almost no one actually believes this.)

Walsh retweeted it before posting his own bad take, in which he added a tangent about gender studies to a photo of a disaster relief effort. Does it matter that the person doing the carrying here is a man, or that the people being carried are a woman and child? No, except to the extent that Walsh sees this as a tableau of his ideal hierarchy of the sexes.

Like the time conservative commentator and poor hand-to-hand fighter Steven Crowder tweeted about “the ideal “make” body,” Twitter couldn’t let this go. People immediately began borrowing Walsh’s regressive caption and applying it to different images.

Don’t let your gender studies professor tell you there’s anything wrong with the gender roles we’ve had for thousands of years, like a rat riding a cat riding a dog.


Or three dogs wearing one big coat:


Oh, are Scotch eggs suddenly politically incorrect now, too?

Look, if you don’t believe that a woman’s place is behind Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a baby’s place is inside Arnold Schwarzenegger, can you even call yourself a Christian?


There are at least a dozen more of these. People were really tickled by the Bad Tweet.


Gender studies professors’ heads are surely exploding all across America today, although not for the reasons Walsh might think.

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*First Published: Aug 29, 2017, 1:57 pm CDT