Timothee Chalamet is lovely, but the“White Boy of The Month” meme has got to go.
It arguably started with Logan Lermann: the OG cutie and object of affection of many overly Greek mythology-educated tweens after Percy Jackson and Perks of Being a Wallflower hit the scene. Tumblr and Twitter (in all their early 2010’s glory) dubbed Logan “white boy of the month.” Rightfully so, back in the day.
Hot take: the trend should have died back in 2014.
Long before Chester Marlon Hanks mustered the gall to christen 2021 the cursed White Boy Summer.
Logan was a hot topic of conversation at my 2012 sleepovers. Percy Jackson was a universal sexual awakening for so many Zillenials, and we all know that the Vegas hotel scene walked so Euphoria could run.
Maybe Logan was just my beginning, but there’s a lengthy list of others to follow: The tween thirst-inducing white boys of the Hunger Games franchise, Noah Centineo (cringe), Harry Styles, or any One Direction member for that matter, Frankie Jonas, Pete Davidson, Danny freaking Phantom, and a throng of TikTok boys that make me feel old. The list goes on.
Most recently, the release of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier brought the relentlessness of the White Boy of the Month phenomenon to light. The Bucky memes and thirst-Toks are endless. But where is the equal internet lust for Anthony Mackie, rightful heir to the Captain America throne and therefore heir to the inexplicable hordes obsessed with Chris Evans’ every move?
He's SO FINE? Hands. Biceps. So clean. I expect equal thirst by the next episode or I'm speaking to the manager. Looks aside, Mackie put in equal work to TFATWS. Did we really need another white boy of the month, when whole-ass-man Anthony Mackie is doing the most to feed content-starved Marvel fans?
Look, I get it. Some of these men just have that Je ne se quoi that makes them irresistible to the internet, and what better to take the mind off the dumpster fire that is our last year than eye candy. But the WBOTM concept just doesn’t fit into the progressive, unbigoted future so many claim to be working towards.
Let’s start with the obvious: we’re in the midst of the racial inequities in the U.S. finally getting the mainstream attention they deserve, and we’re still collectively obsessing over a different lanky white dude every few weeks? Something doesn’t add up. And it isn’t the fault of the men (gasp), but the fault of those who continuously hold them up as the standard.