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Ryan Gosling is a Canadian film actor who is known online for being the subject of several image macro series. These often involve photos of Gosling with a caption that starts “Hey girl.”
Fuck Yeah Ryan Gosling
In December 2008, Gosling became the subject of single-topic Tumblr Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling, run by Douglas Reinhardt. The first two posts were uncaptioned photos of the actor before the first “Hey girl” post on December 19th, 2008. The original Tumblr blog was first featured on Jezebel in January 2009.
2010 MTV Interview
The Ryan Gosling Tumblr meme did not take off until December 2010 when Gosling was asked to read several captions from image macros in an MTV interview. That month, both the interview and links to the site were featured on NY Magazine’s Vulture, Perez Hilton, Nerve, Buzzfeed, and the Washington Post. In July 2011, MTV After Hours did a second interview with Gosling in which he read more instances of the image macro out loud.
Ryan Gosling Tumblr Blogs
The first derivative blog, Feminist Ryan Gosling, were created in October 2011. It was highlighted on the Huffington Post, Feministing and TIME NewsFeed. Over the next two months, a considerable number of spin-off single topic Tumblrs were created, covering a wide variety of academic and topical subjects including typography, film studies, medieval history, Shakespearean literature, biostatistics, feminism, international development and political science among others. The lists of these were compiled by Buzzfeed, the HIP Genius blog, the Social Times, Read Write Web in December 2011. The Daily Dot started the single topic Tumblr Gosblr to compile links to Ryan Gosling themed blogs.
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Ryan Gosling Easter Egg Hunt
On April 8th, New York-based copywriter Jenna Livingston launched the Twitter feed @GoslingEaster, which revealed clues to the location of 200 plastic Easter eggs filled with notes and photos allegedly written by Gosling and planted throughout Manhattan. Later, it was revealed that Gosling had no involvement with the Easter Egg hunt.
Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal
On April 22nd, 2013, Vine user Ryan McHenry began uploading a series of videos titled “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal,” pairing various screen projections of Gosling’s intense acting scenes with a slowly approaching spoon full of cereal. On May 6th, McHenry’s parody clips were first picked up on the actor’s fan blog Gosloving, followed by BuzzFeed’s compilation coverage on May 9th. On the next day, dozens of other entertainment news outlets including Gawker, Vulture, E! Online, Daily Mail and The Sun featured McHenry’s Vine clips, with many hailing it as one of the more notable memes yet to emerge from the platform.
Ryan Gosling was born on November 12th, 1980 in Ontario. He began his television career in 1993 as a cast member on the Mickey Mouse Club before moving on to independent films, followed by major motion pictures. In 2004, Gosling garnered mainstream attention after appearing in the romantic film The Notebook. He plays piano and guitar in the indie rock band Dead Man’s Bones and supports charities including PETA and Invisible Children.
Search for Ryan Gosling coupled with the phrase “hey girl” had two small bumps in March and June of 2009. Search volume picked up in December 2010 and again in July 2011, coinciding with the two MTV interviews where Gosling read instances of the image macro aloud for MTV.
Huffington Post – ‘Feminist Ryan Gosling’ Blog Gains Popularity Using ‘Hey Girl’ Meme
Feministing – The best Tumblr ever created: Feminist Ryan Gosling
The Next Web Social Media – Tumblr Tuesday: Meet the Woman behind Silicon Valley Ryan Gosling
Huffington Post – Ryan Gosling Reveals His Artsy Side With ‘Museum Hey Girl’ Meme