A video published by a YouTuber named Shonduras has recently gone viral - and for all the wrong reasons. The vlogger has an ongoing series called Best Day Ever, in which he shows off the escapades of himself and his wife, Jenny. But one video in this particular series got more attention than Shonduras (real name: Shaun McBride) bargained for.
The video, entitled "JENNY FELL OFF A CLIFF ... scary moment for our family" was quite bizarre. From the way he framed the story as an inspirational, carpe-diem style tale, to the truly tiny cliff that Jenny actually encountered, to the fact he filmed the whole thing (while editing out a good amount of Jenny's words) is partly hysterically funny. But others are questioning whether it represents a wider issue with the ways that relationships are portrayed online.
Many of us spend our lives looking for that special someone.Falling in love and finding your soulmate can make you feel as though everything is going to be ok.
But in today's social media age, there's a little more to consider.Now that our every move is documented online, relationships have almost become performative. Even non-famous couples have some sort of public presence.
The aim is to present yourselves as some sort of power couple.Making your relationship look aspirational to the public is a strangely big aim for many online relationships - and this phenomenon is pretty weird.
Not to mention, cringey.The idea that a relationship is somehow part of the public domain puts a lot of pressure on it - plus it invites comments from strangers, many of which don't tend to be too flattering.
But it's this odd social media trend that has led to this lastest sensation.There has recently been a large internet joke surrounding the word "wife." And there's no denying that the internet seems to have a pretty odd relationship with it.
Some trace this back to the beginning of the phenomenon.
Many took issue with the post.
strong contender for least fave type of male feminist is "man who thinks liking a curvy woman is revolutionary" https://t.co/BzDhhiSHNA— Julia Pugachevsky (@Julia Pugachevsky)1501799101.0
Others saw the whole thing as symptomatic of a larger problem.
The bar is too low https://t.co/yAzDZRNqOz— eve peyser (@eve peyser)1501820597.0
Although the whole thing did spawn some excellent memes.
i love my curvy wife https://t.co/YpG49z0CbW— 🅔🅜🅡🅔🅞 🅚🅐🅡🅣 (@🅔🅜🅡🅔🅞 🅚🅐🅡🅣)1501904517.0
And in spite of the nay-sayers, Tripp and his curvy wife are going strong.
And that isn't all.
via: YouTubeTripp has actually released a music video (and matching song) about his curvy wife, which he released just a few days ago. Many are calling the entire thing "cursed."
But the latest "Wife Guy" is potentially even more annoying to the public.For one thing, he's a YouTube vlogger, a group of people who are already known for being pretty irritating.
One of the biggest offences for a vlogger?Their over-reliance on clickbait titles. And that's really where the beginning of the story of the "Cliff Wife" begins.
The clickbait he went for?This YouTuber (username "Shonduras") shared a vlog depicting a vacation with his wife. The pair went hiking and Jenny suffered a small fall from the trail. But (as you may have guessed) he decided instead to claim she'd fallen off a cliff.
And here it is!It appears Jenny has made a full recovery from her "cliff" fall, and according to McBride, fans of his channel have been very supportive of his vlogging decision. We have to thank him, though, for one of the most distinctly "internetty" moments of the year.
At first, people were kind of confused.It was a pretty weird thing for McBride to do. Filming an accident, by accident, is one thing - but choosing to broadcast it online just seemed plain weird.
But there was another overriding reaction.Many thought the whole thing was absolutely hilarious. Admittedly, the melodrama of the initial video is pretty hysterical - which, when combined with the actual size of the cliff (tiny) and the terrible editing of the video, make for a pretty amusing viewing experience.
He tweeted a shorter version of the video first.And the reactions to that were just as hilarious as the full video.
Many immediately jumped upon the tweet.
*Sex Bomb voice* Cliff wife, cliff wife You're my cliff wife Taking photos of a body just to get some Twitter likes https://t.co/Wgh8DB9TVp— Deng Xiao Pingers (@Deng Xiao Pingers)1558831275.0
Many of the jokes were song lyric based.
he was a cliff she was my wife can i make it any more obvious?— dylan (@dylan)1558839340.0
Another comes with a more old-school song inspiration.
It goes like this: the fourth, the fifth I watched my wife fall off a cliff— 'Weird Alex' Pareene (@'Weird Alex' Pareene)1558890540.0
It seems the possibilities are endless.
hello darkness my old friend my wife fell off a cliff again— thom (@thom)1558823435.0
There are other excellent sources of material to build a "cliff wife" joke from.
So we beat on, wives against the cliff, borne back ceaselessly into the ground— Christina Grace (@Christina Grace)1558839003.0
Others noticed a striking similarity in the fall.
i watched my wife fall off a cliff...your whole world can change in a matter of seconds. mine almost did. a good re… https://t.co/9hf7bSc7pV— out of context parks & rec (@out of context parks & rec)1559057331.0
Some pointed out this odd aspect of internet culture.
you’re off twitter for one morning and suddenly someone’s wife fell off a cliff— Jill Gutowitz (@Jill Gutowitz)1558821802.0
In fact, the "wife" joke had long been a Twitter tradition.
@cushbomb Cliff Wife, Email Wife, Blocked Wife, Being Your Own Wife— big time influencer guy on here (@big time influencer guy on here)1558818384.0
Many made a joke out of the entire "wife" meme.
Welcome to WIFE QUEST Choose your class: CURVY CLIFF ELF BORAT VOICE MY— Four Seasons Total Landscaping reception desk (@Four Seasons Total Landscaping reception desk)1558835983.0
But it seems there are two wives who are still everybody's favorites.
i love my curvy wife whom fall off cliff— helen (@helen)1558825316.0
Although this one is probably the best.
When I was just a little girl I asked my mother, what wife will I be Will I be Curvy Will I be Cliff Here's what she said to me— allison (@allison)1558881839.0
But Twitter is in total agreement on one thing.
The best days on the internet are the ones where you can refer to "the wife guy" and everyone knows who you're talking about— Brooks Otterlake (@Brooks Otterlake)1501958963.0