Annals of taboo avoidance

From the Riff column in the NYT Magazine of October 16th, “‘Golden Boys With the Potential To Burn the World Down'” by Alex Pappademas:

There’s a popular Tumblr blog — I can’t say the name here, but it’s something like Heck Yeah! Ryan Gosling, only more emphatic — that features nothing but pictures of Ryan Gosling being good-looking, with goofy Gosling-voice captions. (“Hey, girl, I can’t wait to get home and give you a foot massage.”)

Googling on {“Ryan Gosling” Tumblr} will get you not only to Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling (with its invented “Hey, girl” quotes) but also to Ryan Fucking Gosling, Eff Yeah Ryan Gosling, Feminist Ryan Gosling (with feminist “Hey, girl” quotes: “Hey girl. We *could* keep talking about Spivak’s views of post-structuralism and their engagement with the narrative, but I thought it would be fun to go home, get in bed and watch some Buffy”), sites with video of Gosling self-mockingly reading “Hey, girl” quotes from Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling on MTV (here, for instance), and more.

It’s ridiculously easy to find the FYRG site from the other information given in the Pappademas column; the ostentatious taboo avoidance in it (with its euphemistic replacement of fuck by heck) is entirely unnecessary. But, as on other occasions, the Times has opted for conveying taboo language clearly while refusing to dirty its pages with the original.

4 Responses to “Annals of taboo avoidance”

  1. Ben Zimmer Says:

    The “Fuck Yeah X” meme has been tumbling on Tumblr for quite a while now.

  2. LOLcats and captions « Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    [...] In this complex world, LOLcats are close to the text-oriented end of the scale, though the cats aren’t dispensable. But the art is mostly in the captioning. (Compare the Ryan Gosling “Hey girl” captions linked to here.) [...]

  3. Comic machines « Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    [...] In this complex world, LOLcats are close to the text-oriented end of the scale, though the cats aren’t dispensable. But the art is mostly in the captioning. (Compare the Ryan Gosling “Hey girl” captions linked to here.) [...]

  4. Hollywood Sparks | Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] Gosling. Gosling has appeared on this blog in a posting about the Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling […]

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