‘Shit Girls Say’ Reveals Everything That’s Important in Our Society
By: Rachel Peck
The ‘Shit Girls Say’ videos–and the endless permutations thereof–have gone viral with a rapidity that makes the Paris Hilton sex tape seem like a limited release VHS. You have to assume that for a three minute clip to enjoy such resoundingly widespread success it must tap into some shared universal truths; at the risk of making a parody sound like the Bible, it must resonate in some subconscious, spiritual way. The only explanation is that ‘Shit Girls Say’ reveals everything that’s important in our society. Here are the things the phenomenon tells us:
1. We only like things that start on the Internet.
2. We’re super into sequels.
3. The first edition is always the best.
4. Anyone with a video camera thinks they belong on YouTube.
5. Men are, in fact, listening.
6. Even the most well-intentioned things end in racial tension.
7. Putting a wig on a man counts as comedy.
8. We have a very short collective attention span.
9. It’s ridiculous to ask to share a cookie.
10. Something becomes markedly less amusing when your aunt shares it on Facebook.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of much else to say about our social world.
It took a video to figure that out?
By: Mitch Conrad
I certainly have seen the initial Shit Girls Say video and I have to admit it was pretty amusing. I have seen the recent iterations online and–while I haven’t watched all of them–the sheer amount of parodies astounds me. But this video series is far from the first thing to tap into all of the universal truths you listed. Most of the things you have listed have been society’s truths for year’s prior. Let’s run through them shall we?
- We only like things that start on the Internet. This may be true but it’s been true for the past half decade. Facebook made the process of sharing content between friends the easiest thing someone can do in 10 seconds.
- We’re super into sequels. They’ve made 7 Saw movies since 2004. Case in point.
- The first edition is always the best. Most people can agree with this point, especially for Internet videos. However: The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, The Godfather Part 2 were all better than the originals.
- Anyone with a video camera thinks they belong on YouTube. This is the whole point of YouTube.
- Men are, in fact, listening. Men DO listen! But it took watching this video to figure that out? Give me a little more credit than that!
- Even the most well-intentioned things end in racial tension. This is sometimes true. But do we see those online tensions make their way to reality? I rarely see it.
- Putting a wig on a man counts as comedy. Some Like It Hot, 1959: ranked as one of the greatest comedies of all time.
- We have a very short collective attention span. I’m sorry what was the question?
- It’s ridiculous to ask to share a cookie. I have never heard a girl say this. Why would someone want to share a delicious cookie? All your cookies belong to us!
- Something becomes markedly less amusing when your aunt shares it on Facebook. Even before Facebook, if my aunt liked something in common with me, game over (sorry aunties).
So did it really take one more viral video about Shit Girls Say to teach us about these realities of life? I say no. They’ve always been the truth and always will be. Now, did I lock the door?