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Goslingwashing

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Goslingwashing refers to a trend of photoshopping various movie characters, usually POC characters, as actor Ryan Gosling. The memes are often used to parody race swapping and blackwashing and include Ryan Gosling as Black Panther and Fremen Ryan Gosling as notable examples.

Origin

On December 22nd, 2017, an anonymous 4chan user opened a thread about race swapping in media on the /pol/[1] board. In the opening post, they urged others to post a poster promoting a fictional movie starring white actor Ryan Gosling as Black political activist Martin Luther King (shown below) and to create more similar posters.


RYAN GOSLING The man who stood against a nation Martin Luther King JANUARY 11

Spread

More edits of Ryan Gosling as POC characters followed in 2018 and the following years. Notably, in February 2018, an unknown user posted an edited image of T'Challa / Black Panther in the 2018 Marvel film Black Panther, editing the head of actor Ryan Gosling onto the superhero's body (shown below). The image was posted to Imgur[2] on February 9th, 2018, and to 4chan's /tv/[3] board on February 10th that year.



On February 16th and 17th, 2021, iFunny[4][5] users HowDoIGetWhiteBoyHair and noonShark posted a photograph of Gosling edited as a poster for a biographical movie for the former United States President Barack Obama, with the posts garnering over 330 smiles and 36,100 smiles in three years, respectively (authorship unconfirmed, image shown below).


Ryan Gosling is... BARACK OBAMA WARNER BROS. PICTURES PRESENTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES A GOLD CIRCLE FILMS/JOSEPHSON ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION KATHERINE HEIGL "LIFE AS WE KNOW IT" JOSH DUHAMEL JOSH LUCAS BLAKE NEELY JIM PAGE MAHER AHMAD ANDREW DUNN PRODUCERS EDITED PRODUCTION DIRECTOR OF PRICES DENISE DI NOVI SCOTT NIEMEYER NORM WAITT KATHERINE HEIGL NANCY HEIGL AND BRUCE BERMAN WEIAN DEITCHMAN & KRISTIN RUSK ROBINSON PRODUCED BARRY JOSEPHSON PAUL BROOKS GREG BERLANTI BY DIRECTED

The trend continued through the 2020s, with parody posters depicting Ryan Gosling as Tupac, George Floyd, Miles Morales, Himmel and other real people and fictional characters being spread.

On social media, the posters have often been used to react with parody to race swapping in films. For example, on March 24th and 26th, 2023, X[6][7] users @geraldd_tv and @BitchAssBowie used the images to react to a post arguing in favor of actors of any race playing any historical figures (shown below, left and right).


ge @geraldd_tv Ryan gosling is Tupac David Marcus @BlueBoxDave Mar 24, 2023 I see no good reason why an actor of any race can't play any historical figure. It's acting. x.com/EndWokeness/st... 10:35 PM Mar 24, 2023 251.2K Views Bowie @BitchAssBowie Ryan Gosling is... BARACK OBAMA WARNER BROS PICTURES PRESENTS PHOTOGRAPH IN ASSOCIATION WITH VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES A GOLD CIRCLE FILMS/JOSEPHSON ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION KATHERINE HEIGL "LIFE AS WE KNOW IT" JOSH DUHAMEL JOSH LUCAS BLAKE NEELY JIM PAGE MAHER AHMAD ANDREW DUNN DENISE DI NOVI SCOTT NIEMEYER NORM WAITT KATHERINE HEIGL NANCY HEIGL AND BRUCE BERMANIAN DEITCHMAN & KRISTIN RUSK ROBINSON PRED BARRY JOSEPHSON PAUL BROOKS GREG BERLANTI EXECUTIVE David Marcus @BlueBoxDave Mar 24, 2023 I see no good reason why an actor of any race can't play any historical figure. It's acting. x.com/EndWokeness/st... 2:06 PM · Mar 26, 2023 127.1K Views

Various Examples


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A man, a movement, a nation... Ryan Gosling is... NELSON MANDELA OMISE LOOK AT LOVE SONG BOMBY JONG LOVE ME TONIGHT Leave Me Leave Me OVE LAU Eh A Man IVE LOVE LOVE love LO 1 LOVE DEAT RYAN GOSLING MALCOLM X LOUI Lost Voyage The LOST MEDALLION LOUT IN LA MANCH LOST IN LA MANCHA LOST HORIZON TOST SILVER CANYON OUND DVD DAIN III MARTANICHD MARTAN CHILD MPFBFUAL OF CRICE MIGHTY SEACS nitu DVD [Doctor Photograph] ENGER SAY. HIS. NAME y R RYAN GOSLING IS Speedway 2.79 99 GEORGE FLOYD SUS AMOGUS PRESENTS GEORGE FLOYD A FILM BY QUENTIN TARANTINO IN ASSOC BLACK LIVES MATTER DESIGNER RYAN GOSLING JACK BLACK TOM HOLLAND "GEORGE FLOYD MUSIKANYE EAST COSE BOPH ADESE EDIT HUGH MUNGUS GOKU PUT FORTNITE JONESY PRODUCE RED IMPOSTER STORY MARTIN SCORCESE PRODUTON JOHN SMITH DESIGNER SCREENPLA PRODUCER PLAY SOULJA BOY DIRECTE QUENTIN TARANTINO

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