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Dudes Rock

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About

Dudes Rock is a catchphrase used mostly on Twitter to either ironically or sincerely celebrate men doing juvenile yet wholesome activities. The phrase developed as a meme among the Chapo Trap House fandom before branching out into a wider audience in the early 2020s.

Origin

On January 19th, 2018, Twitter[6] user @intellegint posted the first tweet that used "dudes rock" as a means of celebrating the concept of "dudes," which received nearly 50 likes in roughly five years (shown below).


andrew @intellegint Follow Dudes rock 11:06 AM Jan 19, 2018 X a

According to MEL Magazine's[2] Miles Klee, "Dudes Rock" originated as a semi-ironic means of subverting the "boys will be boys" trope that was harshly criticized during the #MeToo movement, writing:

As a fledgling in-joke, “dudes rock” was a convenient way to satirize unprovoked, red-pill-type machismo -- observing Mother’s Day by noting the supremacy of dudes, for example. But it also quickly became a shorthand for owning up to activities that, while not explicitly bad, feel intrinsically or even embarrassingly dude-like, from gaming for hours on end to growing a neckbeard to cracking open a cold one with the boys. While inundated with stories about awful, predatory men, you could still look at your unsheeted mattress and say to yourself: dudes rock.

Spread

On May 13th, 2018, Twitter[1] user @blood_orphan then posted another early example of "dudes rock" on Twitter, which received an unknown amount of engagement before their account was privated (shown below).


Hustlenomics: Da Art Of Stackin ... @blood_orphan on this very special day of days, i just want to let all the mothers out there know that dudes rock 11:32 AM - May 13, 2018 · Twitter for iPhone

The phrase quickly became an in-joke amongst the Chapo Trap House hosts, and by extension, their fandom. On September 10th, 2018, hosts Will Menaker and Matt Christman[3] had an exchange on Twitter where they both voiced "dudes rock" (shown below, left). On October 12th, the podcast E1[4] devoted an episode to defining "Dudes Rock," coming up with definitions such as, "Dude excellence is to me is like when I post a selfie, I think I’m looking fresh when I’m coming out of the 7-Eleven with like eight bags of Nacho Cheese Doritos -- I post a selfie, and any girls who fave that? Block all of ’em."


Will Menaker @willmenaker · Sep 10, 2018 Katherine and I have discussed this, I am NOT an MRA, I just believe in Dudes Rock 2018, one need not bring down or slander women to support dudes rocking 27 1 147 matt christman @cushbomb Replying to @willmenaker and @blanketboat Dudes Rock 2018. 12:55 PM · Sep 10, 2018 from Brooklyn, NY Twitter for iPhone episode one @E1podcast Dudes Rock 2018 with andrew, branson, @JucheMane and @charlesraustin E1 - Dudes Rock 2018 - 54 Homer Derby and Foster Paloma welcome guests Petri Huggins and Crispin Torque for a morning show that's all .. P soundcloud.com 11:50 PM · Oct 12, 2018 · Twitter Web Client

The phrase continued seeing use over the following several years, as people began associating it with memes and news stories. For example, on January 24th, 2019, Twitter user @bobby posted a Video Games Appeal To The Male Fantasy using the phrase, gaining over 240 retweets and 1,500 likes (shown below, top). On April 4th, 2021, Twitter user @infinitsummer[5] used the phrase in reference to a Reddit post asking why so many guys came to help the user dig a hole, gaining over 8,800 retweets and 115,000 likes (shown below, bottom).




infinitsummer & @infinitsummer dudes rock r/AskMen - Posted by u/Jeremy_is_neat 4 hours ago 7 7 6.9k Why do holes attract fellow guys I was digging a hole at a beach and all of a sudden like 54 guys came to help. any explantions would be great. Edit: 1000 upvotes omg thank you I'll find the hole and post it tomorrow. 684 Comments Award A Share A Save O Hide E Report 96% Upvoted 1:28 AM · Apr 4, 2021 · Twitter Web App

On May 10th, 2020, Matt Christman appeared in an interview with Jacobin and discussed Dudes Rock, admitting the phrase lent itself to misinterpreting it as sexist, but maintaining it means to celebrate non-toxic forms of masculinity, particularly online.



Various Examples


the shitman of Europe @ass_dad Dudes rock 13 March at 08:37 · O He called me this morning at 2am and said he wasn't gonna make it to work (he was drunk as f---) but I know he needs the hours because of his situation so I got to his house and his wife answered the door. She helped me bring him to my car. I dropped him off behind this little dirt pile and he's been asleep ever since. Let's get this bread Javier a goodnight sweet prince, see you at lunch 4:04 PM · Apr 7, 2021 · Twitter Web App ΕARTH ΕATER @D1COMM dudes rock big cj @TOS_Violator ... what can i say.. dudes rock conor tripler @conor_tripler what can i say.. dudes rock (least funny screenshot youve ever seen in your life) 3:16 PM · 4/7/21 · Twitter for iPhone 6:22 PM · Apr 7, 2021 · Twitter Web App awful. simply horrid Chester @thecheevester dudes rock hey man sorry for ghosting you in middle school No problem 6:46 PM · Apr 3, 2021 · Twitter Web App Critter ... @BecomingCritter ancient dudes rock Grace Mallon @GraceMallon3 PhD student, c.2020: Here's a limited argument I made based on years of specialized research. Hope it's OK Philosopher dude, c.1770: Here are some Thoughts I had in the Bath. They constitute Universal & Self-Evident Laws of Nature. FIGHT ME. Posted in r/PhilosophyMemes 6 reddit I.G.Y. Azalea @HaitianDvorce is there a more Dudes Rock vibe than Tom of Finland? 7:58 PM · Apr 7, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone

Search Interest

External References

[1] Twitter – blood_orphan

[2] MEL Magazine – THE UNDEFEATED OPTIMISM OF ‘DUDES ROCK’

[3] Twitter – @cushbomb

[4] Twitter – E1podcast

[5] Twitter – @infinitsummer

[6] Twitter – intellegint

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