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We’re so meme obsessed these days -- even our memes have memes. Remember the Ryan Gosling Internet joke in which photos of the easy-on-the-eyes actor seems to speak sweet nothings through captions that all begin with “Hey girl…”? Well, merge that with Paul Ryan’s dubious policies concerning women and you have the “Paul Ryan Gosling” Tumblr.
The result: “Hey girl, my problem with facts is that they have a liberal bias.” And, “Hey girl, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited about [the debate] tonight. Of course, I'd be lying if I said anything.” And, “Hey girl, I totally want to get women back in the workforce. Cause these pencils ain't gonna sharpen themselves!”
Behind the site are five comedy-writer moms who live in New York City and Texas, reports New York. They blog at an advice site called “The Mouthy Housewives,” and out of frustration and trepidation over Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick, they came up with the new Tumblr to air those feelings through humor.
The blog quickly generated an engaged fan base and drew more than 70,000 followers to its related Twitter account.
But not everyone got the joke. Shortly before the most recent presidential debate -- prime posting time for the female writers! -- Twitter shut down the @PaulRyanGosling Twitter handle on the grounds that it was not obvious enough about its nature as a parody. “We have received a valid report that your account is engaged in non-parody impersonation,” wrote Edward Mayfair from Twitter headquarters, according to New York.
Now the Twitter bio reads, “PARODY. Role-playing. Not affiliated with VP candidate Paul Ryan or actor Ryan Gosling. Obviously."
Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and iVillage’s Chief Election News Blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.