It was early December when the “Shit Girls Say” videos took the internet by storm. I watched along with everyone else, laughing heartily at the videos, finding some similarities within myself as a girl, and gasping every time Juliette Lewis appeared on screen.
Soon after Episode 1, Episodes 2 and 3 were released to similar feedback from those watching. Twitter went cray and online media outlets were recognizing this internet series as something to keep an eye on.
The trend soon exploded, turning into a true internet trend, and then expanding into what I think is interesting social commentary. Following Shit Girls Say, mid to late December brought “Shit Black Girls Say” and “Shit Black Guys Say“, both performed by people of color. There were also videos like “Shit Yogis Say” which solidified the fact that this was more about the trend than anything else. Without question, the inclusion of race brought on charges of insensitive content and, at times, racism.
Personally, I find neither to be true. I think the claims above are due to a still overly sensitive community struggling to find a home in a “post-racist” world. As a true black girl (surprise!), I find the video above to be hysterical. Perhaps because I’m not one to say those things, or because I really adore that man’s wig… Either way, I find the jabs funny, lighthearted, and even honest.
As the trend continued to grow, the most explosive video had yet to be released, coming from the lovely black comedienne, Franchesca Ramsey. Her video, “Shit White Girls Say… to Black Girls” went live and viral on the same day (1/4/12) and ties everything together in a pretty hilarious piece of social and gender commentary. I don’t know a single white girl that hasn’t said at least one of the sentences in Ramsey’s video. Along these lines, I don’t know a single black girl that hasn’t been the receiver of at least two or more of the lines. The comments on the video range from funny to heartbreaking, but regardless, I adore the video, I think it’s wonderfully directed and properly pokes fun at race, gender, and the black girl struggle.
What’s your take on the video trend of shit people are saying?