Has Anyone Said This Sh*t? (Yes.)
Not since Rebecca Black have I seen a meme go from hilarious to amusing to downright-shoot-me-annoying as quickly as the seemingly neverending “Shit [People] Say” videos. Jumpstarted seemingly centuries ago with a little celebrity juice thanks to the involvement of Juliette Lewis, the meme was birthed with this video titled “Shit Girls Say.” By now you’ve seen this and all the countless copycats. If you’ve been pulling a Rip Van Winkle who just woke up and have no idea what we’re talking about, what I’m referring to are series of viral videos which are basically a supercut of stereotypical expressions and phrase associated with different groups (not without some controversy). People quickly tired of them and vocally expressed their annoyance on Facebook or Twitter, but were quick to retweet and share any new variation that happened to fit their particular niche or interests: for example, as soon as the “Shit New Yorkers Say” video hit the web, it seemed as though every single one of my New Yorker friends posted it on Facebook (often right after having stated their irritation of these videos only the day before). For you Van Winkle’s here’s a sampling of others:
- Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls.
- Shit Girls Say to Gay Guys.
- Shit Southern Gay Guys Say.
- Shit Black Gays Say.
- Shit Asian Girls Say.
- Shit Black Girls Say.
- Shit Indian Girls Say.
- Lastly, Shit Gay Guys Say to Their Cats.
Problem with these videos is that people that don’t “get it” will think we all actually talk like this. It won’t be long before we see a “Shit Shit Says to Shit” video or this whole meme coming to a screeching halt after some super offensive stereotyping copycat. Until then, the meme refuses to go away. My latest issue of New York Magazine had a little infograph on the “Most and least critically acclaimed ‘Shit _____ Say’ videos on YouTube” (Shit Girls Say, Episode 2 has 65 “likes” for every “dislike” while “Shit Fat People Say” has 0.77 “likes” for every “dislike”). Now, who wants to help me make a “Shit Bloggers Say” video? Oh wait, apparently this already exists which I learned thanks to Has Anyone Said This Shit: a search engine designed specifically to search YouTube for Shit People Say videos (currently over 752 videos). So if any of you are planning on creating one of these videos, please, please check this search engine first to see if it already was done (Spoiler Alert: Yep, someone beat you to the punch).