Subtle Commentary On Gender Or Just Plain Rude?

Perhaps, in recent weeks, you've seen NoKat's videos from the series "Girls Are Assholes" circling the Internet. Sounds like fragile territory, right? While the title is suggestive enough, the videos themselves have elicited mixed reactions from various audiences. Considering the supposedly typical dramatizations of culturally conditioned behaviors exhibited by American females, we can see why it might rub some viewers the wrong way. Some people find it hilarious, others don't really get the joke, and others still find it downright offensive.
Advertisement
Yesterday, The Gloss made an excellent point: "The videos are obviously meant to be a satirical statement on how people perceive women." Yes, we would like to live in that world. A world where these generalizations aren't taken literally or used as cannon fodder for card-carrying MRA members. Certainly, that's not the intention. The description on YouTube reads: "People can be assholes. This is a series about half of them."
But, we do think it's worth pointing out that, like anything, there will always be those who can't grasp the subtlety of satire. These might be a commentary on what we, as a society, expect in our stereotypes of female behavior. Still, the top-voted comment on one video about two girls competing to order the daintiest lunch is "On a good note, come the zombie apocalypse, these chicks will be too starved to run quickly, thus providing a distraction so regular folks can make it to safety." Another one, on a feature about women rejecting certain types of men at a bar, reads: "I know this is a skit, and it was a funny but true observation. This seems what modern feminism has [sic] bread a lot of American women into.. total narcissistic b*tches who think the world revolves around them. I can't count how many times I've heard a female say the word rape incorrectly."
Stupid commenters aren't a reason not to make something great and funny. But, these comments also point out the thin line these videos are currently walking, whatever their intention is. What do you think? Is this series perpetuating negative stereotypes, or making a subtle and smart commentary? Or, third option: Are they just not that funny?
Advertisement

More from Pop Culture

On Saturday evening, Princess Charlotte had her first glimpse of the true reach of the Commonwealth of Nations, touching down in Victoria, British Columbia...
Ben Higgins and fiancée Lauren Bushnell took it upon themselves to put the "heart" in Las Vegas' iHeartRadio Festival this weekend
As someone who is about to have a daughter, this hits me deep in my core. #NeverTrump https://t.co/BIG4J0mkM6— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) September 24, ...
Jeb Bush has been a Florida governor and a presidential candidate. His latest gig? Comedian, apparently. In an opening sketch for the Emmys, Jimmy ...
On Friday, Kylie Jenner started getting her Hidden Hills, CA, home ready for All Hallows Eve. "I’m decorating my house for Halloween," she announced via ...
At first glance, you might mistake this photo for a late '90s snapshot of Cruel Intentions-era Reese Witherspoon on the red carpet, but no. The poised ...
NBC News reports that Pippa Middleton’s iCloud account was hacked and had her photos stolen and put up for sale. The hack came to light after U.K. paper ...
Update: Kendall Jenner has offered a response to those who did not like her ballet shoot for Vogue España, kind of. She shared several photos from the ...
Though it's barely been a month since news of cute celebrity couple du jour, Ariana Grande and Mac Miller, broke via photos of the duo locking lips at a ...
Emma Watson is most famous for her role as Hermione Granger in the internationally-known and appreciated film series, Harry Potter. She is also known for...
In an ecological niche like Hollywood, for a woman like Angelina Jolie, marriage may be more trouble than it's worth. The same goes for you. Since news ...
Kim Kardashian is objectively successful. She's covered Forbes and Paper and published a book. People pay money for piecemeal updates from her personal ...
One morning, when I was 14, I stood on a stage at my school's Black Awareness month assembly and recited the words to Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise." I ...
Yesterday, after a long fight with cystic fibrosis, Katie Prager died at the age of 26, just days after her husband, Dalton Prager, passed away from the ...