Ryan Gosling doesn't understand the 'Hey Girl' feminist memes

'I think we’re all confused. It’s unearned anyway'

Heather Saul
Thursday 12 May 2016 17:30 BST
Actor-turned-director Ryan Gosling
Actor-turned-director Ryan Gosling (Getty Images)

Ryan Gosling, the feminist hero of Hey Girl memes, is now a father of two girls, and very happy about it.

You may remember the Feminist Ryan Gosling blog showing The Nice Guys actor looking intensely at the camera alongside captions such as, “Hey Girl, we can be supportive of gender variance even while we get our bounce on.”

Appearing on Good Morning America, Gosling was asked about living in a household with a female to male ratio of three to one.

Like the memes that made him a feminist icon without actually saying much himself about gender equality, Gosling was equally poetic when it came to defining his living situation with an extra girl in the house.

“It’s heaven. It’s like walking through a field of flowers every day," he said. "I live with angels…It’s a ray of sunshine in a dark time, honestly, because with [The Nice Guys co-star] Russell [Crowe], it’s sad that we’ve turned out this way.”

Gosling also admitted that he too was perplexed at the Hey Girl phenomenon.

“I wish I could [explain it],” he said. “I was hoping you would able to give me a bit of clarity on that. I think we’re all confused. It’s unearned anyway, I didn’t deserve it.”

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