What do avocados, tiny pumpkins, inspirational throw pillows, and overused sayings like “It’s wine o’clock!” all have in frequent? They’re all frequent flyers on white ladies’s IG accounts. Don’t get offended, Susan. You realize it’s true.
Listen, if there’s one rule in life I wholeheartedly consider in, it’s this: We should snigger at ourselves. We should see the worth in good, intelligent humor, and let that humor fill us up with pleasure and make us stomach snigger till our faces damage. Even if the jokes are about quick individuals, and your youngsters are taller than you by age 12. Or the jokes are about individuals from the Midwest, and also you say “ope!” at the very least 11 occasions a day and reside within the dairy capital of America. Or sure, even when the jokes are about white individuals. And you’re white.
No, it’s not racist, Brenda, so take a breath. See the listing above? None of these teams are marginalized, oppressed teams of society. It’s not racist to make enjoyable of bizarre shit white individuals do, like carry jello molds stuffed with bizarre, jiggly meats to potlucks. It’s not offensive (short-ist?) to poke enjoyable at quick individuals, even when they sometimes have a tough time reaching issues on excessive cabinets. Short individuals aren’t systemically oppressed. Neither are Midwesterners. Or white individuals. (Now, in case you’re quick, white, and reside within the Midwest… simply kidding. Still not oppressed.)
That’s why Bo Burnham’s newest video entitled “White Woman’s Instagram” is so pee-your-pants-spot-on hilarious. Because it’s okay to poke enjoyable at stereotypical white ladies stuff, and you realize that quite a lot of it’s true.
From the brooding opening, with an avocado reference (in fact!) straight out of the chute, Burnham’s satirical tune and video are hysterical AF. And in case you’re not laughing since you’re too busy being offended, please, FFS, get the stick out of your ass and be a part of us in humorville. It’s enjoyable right here! Try it!
Sitting in only a flannel and socks, making an attempt to look tremendous informal and all “hot-mess-mom,” however in reality, completely posed with strategic lighting and digital camera angles, Burnham jumps proper with allllll the white lady jabs. There are a couple of staples you realize he needed to embrace like a burning pumpkin candle scene, sporting a cowl-neck fall sweater, with a canine reference (golden retriever, however actually any canine would do), and an excellent humorous intelligent tee that nobody else has (learn: actually everybody else has) that claims “May contain wine!”
So far, he’s 3 for 3, wouldn’t you say? Obsession with fall? Check. Dog? Check. Wine references? Mmmmm CHECK. It’s like we’re predictable or one thing.
I imply, am I somewhat offended by him poking enjoyable at my fuzzy cozy socks? WTF BO BURNHAM FUZZY COMFY SOCKS ARE LIFE. I’m only a quick, white girl within the Midwest with cold-ass ft!
I believe, truthfully, my favourite elements aren’t essentially the issues he mentions (bobble-head of Ruth Bader Ginsburg?! Yes please!), however moderately, his hysterical brooding facial expressions and the best way he tosses again his hair and appears behind him as if he was deep in thought and never considering, “Is the best angle for my butt?” Because that severe “look over the horizon, into a far away land” after which snap an image and slap on 13 filters is a staple of white ladies IG and you realize it.
Burnham additionally pulls no punches and mocks the “super woke” white ladies with their “no hate” posts and misuse of civil rights references. (“Some random quote from Lord of the Rings incorrectly attributed to Martin Luther King…” I died listening to this one.)
And then there are much less severe, random traces like “a goat cheese saaaallllaaad…” with a picture of that customary throw pillow all of us have that reads inspirational phrases like “dream,” “believe,” “wish,” and “joy” that make you crack up and say OMG IT’S ME. And you wish to be offended, however you’re not as a result of he’s proper. And he’s hilarious. And humor is sweet for the soul.
I imply, does he poke enjoyable on the severe shit all of us embrace too—like lacking family members who’ve died and writing our insecurities on our faces in Sharpie? Sure.
But then he pans out to a picture of himself holding 900 tiny pumpkins and also you spit your drink as a result of you realize that like each white girl ever loves tiny pumpkins.
Because Bo Burnham is a comic, and his job is to entertain. And anybody who’s within the public eye and whose job it’s to make individuals snigger, cry, really feel something actually, is aware of that there’ll at all times be backlash. There will at all times be criticism. There will at all times be somebody who’s offended. But you trudge onward, figuring out that making everybody else snigger and really feel that salve that humor affords is definitely worth the vitriol you would possibly get from… nicely, an offended white girl, most likely.
Also, making borderline offensive however extremely humorous movies that time out the truths and hypocrisies of the world is actually Bo Burnham’s factor. His tune “Welcome to the Internet” makes you query every part we find out about humanity as he proves simply how fucked up all of us are. (Well, the web proves it.) But as you hear, snigger, cringe, then snigger some extra, you’ll once more, very similar to you probably did with “White Woman’s Instagram,” end up saying, “Well shit. He’s right.”
Yet, anytime somebody cracks a joke about white ladies and their $8 Starbucks orders, or their household pics the place everybody wears matching flannels and frolics in a area, or their unwillingness to put on something however leggings any hour of the day, there’s at all times that one bitter Betty who says one thing extremely dumb like “Um, isn’t that racist?” No, Betty. You actually simply got here from a fucking picture shoot in a goddamn area and stopped for a venti-mocha-whip-latte on the best way over. YOU’RE STILL WEARING YOUR FLANNEL INFINITY SCARF FFS. Take a seat.
I’ve watched his hysterical video like 12 occasions. Most of it’s true—even about me. And it’s positively true a few shit-ton of white ladies on IG. The factor is, it doesn’t matter. Am I nonetheless going to purchase a wheelbarrow stuffed with pumpkins this fall and take an image in a area sporting flannels? (Bo, can I borrow yours?) You’re rattling proper I’m. Will I cease consuming goat cheese salads now? Fuck no! Goat cheese salads are incredible. Especially with avocados. (Yeah, that’s proper.)
So, no, I’m not offended by this spoof of white ladies and their IG accounts, nor am I prone to change my very own white girl IG account. Because that’s not what humor is for.
This quick, Midwestern white chick ain’t going nowhere, Bo, however hold the jokes coming.