Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan

Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan

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Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan is a single topic blog featuring photographs of Republican house representative, and Mitt Romney's 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan with "Hey girl" captions in the style of Ryan Gosling image macros. The captions often draw references to various pick-up line cliches and political rhetoric, similar to those found on Feminist Ryan Gosling and Poli Sci Ryan Gosling.[15]


The Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan Tumblr[1] was inspired by an article posted on the political blog NakedDC[6] by conservative political consultant Emily Zanotti on April 30th, 2012 . After reading a story about Republican congressman Paul Ryan[2] catching fish with his bare hands[7], Zanotti envisioned him as a Ryan Gosling-esque figure for the Republican party and created several image macros starting with the phrase "Hey girl."

Hey girl, l could shoe shop with you forever Butll have to save the economy. Hey girl, I had a dream about you last night. We were cutting the budget. It got pretty intense.

The combination of politicians' quotes and Ryan Gosling's "Hey Girl" trope had been seen before with the Twitter hashtag #PaulRyanGosling[18] as well as the single topic blog Ron Paul Ryan Gosling, which were both launched in February of 2012. That same month, the Washington Post[17] published a compilation of Ryan Gosling image macros based on #PaulRyanGosling tweets.


Ryan Gosling Themed Blogs

After the launch of Fuck Yeah Ryan Gosling in December 2008, several spin-off blogs began appearing in 2010 to cover a wide range of academic subjects including typography, film studies, medieval history, Shakespearean literature, biostatistics, feminism, international development and political science among others. In February 2012, former Republican presidential candidnate Ron Paul and Ryan Gosling were paired in the single topic blog Ron Paul Ryan Gosling[16], which featured image macros based on photos of Gosling with quotes from Republican politician Ron Paul.


On May 1st, 2012, The Daily Dot[3] reported on the single topic blog, followed by ABC News[4], Right Wing News[5] and the Washington Post.[8] The next day, the blog was featured on AV Club[9], Wisconsin newspaper the Journal Sentinel[11], political news sites the Hill[12] and Hot Air[13], Yahoo! News and Washington Post[10] a second time. Although the blog has not seen any significant scale of participation from its readers, Paul Ryan image macros were widely reported as the "latest meme" by the aforementioned news publications.

Notable Examples

Hey girl, voted Nay' onARRA Because you're all the stimulus I need HEY GIRL ARE YOU AN EPA CITATION? BECAUSE YOUGOT FINE WRITTEN ALL OVER YOU! BONTHEBALLCOM Hey girl A Roadmap for America's Future When it comes to you, my demand curve slopes upward.
Hey, girl. Baked this for ya. NEWS SUNDAY Hey girl, Now THOSE are some tangible assets. dont need to consult poils to Know our olicy onloveis so rignt

Nancy Pelosi's Response

On May 3rd, 2012, NakedDC blogger Emily Zanotti received a press release e-mail from the Office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, which contained a set of rebuttals to the "Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan" posts in the form of satirical image macros. The screenshot of the original e-mail along with the image attachments were posted via Zanotti's blog.[19]

From: Dem Leader Press Office <Dem LeaderPressOffice@mail house.gov> Date: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM Subject: Hey, It's Me Paul Ryan les: To: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has developed quite a GOP following on Tumblr, but here's a look at what he's really telling the American people...

Hey Big Oil, Don't worry Your tax loopholes are safe with ne! Hey Grandma, when I say "save” Medicare, meanlet it wither on the ine. Hey Mom, Your kids getting less to eat is a small sacrifice forthe rich getting theirtax cuts.

Time Magazine Photos

On October 11th, 2012, Time Magazine[21] published a series of photos for his runner-up position as Time Magazine Person of the Year, which featured Ryan sitting on a workout bench while performing bicep curl exercises. The same day, the viral content site BuzzFeed[20] published several of the Time photos in a post titled "Paul Ryan Did a Beefcake Photo Shoot and It's the Best Thing Ever" (shown below).

Also on October 11th, the Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan Tumblr published several image macros using photographs from the Time magazine shoot (shown below). ABC News[22] published an article titled "Paul Ryan Pumps Iron in Time Mag Photo Shoot," reporting that the photo series had inspired several image macros, a fake Twitter account and a fake OKCupid[24] dating profile.

HEY GIRL! Are you ready to watch the debate? ATR.ORG Hey girl, My foreign policy Will keep you secure And my domestic policy Will keep you satisfied Hey Girl, Defending your wallet at the debate means TRAINING. Memecreator

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