Ryan Gosling is perhaps the internet’s OG boyfriend, but it turns out this is a pretty one-sided relationship. Sorry, girl.
For years, the genetically gifted actor’s mug has shown up alongside the expression “Hey, girl” for a meme usually referred to as “Feminist Ryan Gosling.” The memes basically show Gosling being super nice and comforting to women, which seems like a pretty harmless thing. But as he points out to Variety in a new interview, “I’ve never said that.”
To answer her question, Gosling compares his meme-heavy relationship with the internet to getting hit in the face with a pigeon. Yes, really.
“Do you remember when Fabio got hit in the face with a pigeon on the roller coaster and it broke his nose?” he asks, as crickets probably chirped in the distance. “Sometimes I feel like I’m the pigeon and the internet is Fabio’s face. Actually, I don’t know if I’m the pigeon or I’m Fabio’s face. Depends on the day, I guess.”
Assuming you’re not in the minority of people who remember the aforementioned Fabio/pigeon incident, allow the internet to remind you with the video below. You know, the internet which Gosling feels so terribly conflicted about. Sigh.