The latest Youtube phenomenon “Sh*t ____ Says” has swept millions of browsers in just a matter of months and has been regularly incorporated into the dialogue of students across the nation. What was started by a small production team, improved and performed by a man impersonating a woman in “Shit Girls Say,” has us captivated and wanting more. The way in which these videos get to the core of stereotypes through an unmistakably humorous interpretation? Well, we’re all laughing! But, more importantly, we are all relating to one another in new ways.
“They won’t let me change my political views to vegan.”
It seems that now there is a video for everyone. Not only can we enjoy “Sh*t White Girls Say,” but we can also crack up at “Shit Black Girls Say,” “Shit Asian Girls Say,” “Shit Single GirlsSay,” "Shit Girls Lie About" and one of my favorites, “Shit Sorority Girls Say.” The reason is: it’s so true. Regardless of your ethnicity, we can all identify with almost every video because we’ve either thought it, said it or heard it said by someone else. As we enjoy these videos we also realize that now it’s time to laugh it off. As ignorant as the comments we hear or say can be, we actually are uniting with one another through the common experience of being misunderstood and misunderstanding others.
“My horoscope says I’m gonna find love this month.”
By poking fun at the way girls interact with guys and especially the way girls interact with each other, we realize that we’re often guilty of acting clueless, overly excited about animals and pouting over boy troubles. #Girlproblems. The way that we act in a social environment is clearly different than how we would interact in an academic or professional setting. As a college student, we’re constantly looking for outlets and ways to escape from challenges in the “real world.” What’s wrong with this? I would say, absolutely nothing. Girl time is essential in building lasting friendships and bonds with each other, and personally I think we can all benefit from acting silly when the time is appropriate. These videos are actually capable of bridging gaps between women because essentially we share similarities with each other that all come from the core of our good nature.
“Not to sound racist but....”
Through recognizing how these stereotypes presented in these videos have surfaced among popular culture, we can now break down these stereotypes by realizing that we all share the common goal of looking for acceptance from our peers and society at large. Today’s college youth is considered the most anti-racist generation yet. We are known for our immediate ability to speculate when statements sound stereotypical and/or racist. But the problem is: where do we go from there? How do we proceed to make changes following the recognition of this problem?
“I liked it before it was popular.”
As a generation of strong, free thinking individuals, we have learned how to reconstruct the mainstream through understanding what it feels like to be on both the inside and outside of societal norms. We’ve all experienced rejection in one form or another but we now have the resources to remain unified with our peers. Instead of feeling defeated during our low times, we now have created a built-in support system of friends at our disposal through our internet relations.
Posting our thoughts, feelings, photos, tweets and #hashtags on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. we are theoretically there for each other in ways that keep us connected and enhance our day-to-day experience. By reposting these “Sh*t ___ Say” videos, we’re breaking down stereotypes and making them a part of the past. Next time you hear something that just doesn’t sound right, laugh it off and post it as a Facebook status. I guarantee others will join you in continuing to reshape our society by making preconceived notions a thing of the past.
The Woman Behind the Back to the Basics Section:
Lisa Rosen is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, majoring in the Study of Film. She is truly an inspirational person-- quick witted and personable. Through many internships and the dedicated following of the film industry, Lisa has been able to capture what most of us have lost site of: the bare basics of modern life.