Ryan Gosling looking at a spoon of cereal held to the TV screen.

Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal

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Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal is a series of Vine videos pairing on-screen projections of Ryan Gosling's emotional acting scenes with a slowly approaching spoon full of cereal held by the videographer.


On April 22nd, 2013, Vine user Ryan McHenry[1] began uploading a series of videos titled "Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal." The videos feature various screen projections of Canadian actor Ryan Gosling’s intense acting scenes meanwhile at the end the videographer is approaching his spoon full of cereal.


On May 6th, McHenry's parody clips were first picked up on the actor's fan blog Gosloving[2], followed by BuzzFeed's compilation coverage[3] on May 9th. On the following day, YouTuber bleubonbontv[4] uploaded a video compilation of McHenry's Vines, receiving more than 3.6 million views within three months. On May 11th, McHenry[5] also uploaded his own compilation video with an additional Vine (shown below).

Throughout the week, dozens of other entertainment news outlets including Gawker[6], Vulture[7], E! Online[8], Daily Mail[9] and The Sun[10] featured McHenry’s Vine clips, with many hailing it as one of the more notable memes yet to emerge from the platform. On July 4th, 2013, The Fine Bros uploaded a "YouTubers React" episode featuring notable video bloggers reacting to viral Vine videos, including Ryan McHenry's "Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal" videos. In two months, the video gathered upwards of 5.3 million views. (shown below)

McHenry's Illness

On July 17th, not long after the viral takeoff of his Vine parody meme, McHenry was diagnosed with bone cancer. As a result of the finding, McHenry postponed his production work for his first feature film Zombie Musical and began undergoing chemotherapy and surgery for the removal his tumor. A few days later, McHenry's close friends and associates launched a fundraising campaign titled "Ryan McHenry Won't Eat His Cancer" via Indiegogo[16] in order to assist in paying for his living expenses and fund his film Zombie Musical which he was working on prior to receiving the news of his diagnosis. In less than a month, the campaign met and exceeded its initial goal of raising $10,000. In the following months, the story of McHenry's battle with cancer and the fundraising campaign were soon picked up by numerous internet culture news outlets, including Mashable and The Verge, among others.

On May 3rd, 2015, despite undergoing nearly 20 months of chemotherapy and a series of operations, Ryan McHenry passed away. The death of the meme-maker was quickly met by tributes and messages of condolences from his supporters and friends on Vine and Twitter, including an eulogical video clip of McHenry looking out the window on a train issued by Vine's official account on the video-sharing platform,[17] as well as a number of other Vine tributes in remembrance of the 27-year-old Scottish filmmaker. Various news sources also covered McHenry's passing, including Scottish Daily Record[12] and TheDailyWhat.[14]

Vine vine Your creativity brightened many lives. Thank you. You'll be missed #RIPRyanMcHenry

On May 4th, Ryan Gosling launched his first personal Vine, which consisted of himself eating cereal. Within the first few hours after being launched, the Vine was already liked over 38,000 times and revined over 20,000 times; which increased to 250,000 likes and 120,000 revines in the following 36 hours.

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"Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal" has spawned numerous derivative videos featuring other actors and actresses.

Ryan Gosling's Endorsement

Ryan Gosling @RyanGosling Follow I actually love cereal iTunes MoviesiTunesMovies What's one thing fans don't know about @RyanGosling? #AskRyan RETWEETSFAVORITES 1,239 1,950 8:07 AM-11 Apr 2015

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