This "How to Prank a Gold Digger" Video is Hilarious. But It Misses a Crucial Point.
So I saw this funny video on my newsfeed last night. Though I enjoyed watching it, it also made me a little sad. Like... Watch it. What man actually thinks the first guy would ever get a woman's number?
It's sad that some guy would watch this and think, "Yeah! You go, bro!" without acknowledging a few important points. Like.
1. The first dude looks creepy and weird. The second dude is well-dressed and presentable.
The first guy is literally dressed like a clown. He's wearing plaid pajama pants, a weird Hawaiian shirt, and a wool hat.
In, like, LA or something. You can tell by how other people in the video are dressed that it's a warm day. Who wears a wool hat on a hot day?
And this guy.
As a woman, when I see this guy coming at me, I think two things: mental health issue, or drug dealer.
Of course he's not getting my number!
2. The first dude's opening line is, "Hey, you're pretty cute! Can I get your number?" That... is a non-opener.
Look, man. Just because you think I'm cute, doesn't mean you're getting my number. Like... do we actually have anything in common? What would we do or talk about? You don't know a thing about me.
YOU DIDN'T EVEN ASK FOR MY NAME!!!!!
Say I did give you my number. Would you just put me down in your address book as, "Blond girl in black dress from coffee shop?"
No. You're not getting my fucking number.
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3. No means no, motherfucker.
I didn't say you can't have my number because I wanted you to keep pestering me until I relented. I said no because I don't want to give some weird stranger my number.
If I can't trust you to take no for an answer in this public, low-level situation, can I really trust you to respect that no means no in a private or intimate setting?
Plus, you're a drug dealer. So, no.
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4. The second guy's opening line was, "Hey, how's it going? Is anyone sitting here? Mind if I join you?"
So not only does this guy not look like Asian Jesse Pinkman... but he's also much more polite. And rather than dehumanizing me by saying, "I don't care about your name. You're pretty enough that I'd fuck you, so gimme your number".......
He'd actually like to chat with me before asking me out.
Imagine that! Treating a woman like an actual human being!
5. The second guy didn't ask for some stranger's number -- he chatted with her, then asked her out on an actual date.
He suggested a date. He picked a time (later tonight) and an activity (cocktails).
Of course, I've previously written that I Judge Guys Who Ask Me Out For Drinks (though, if I liked him enough, I would have countered with, "How about we play basketball instead?"). But, honestly... does this look like the kind of girl who wants to go skateboarding or ball out on her first date?
I'll bet she loves drinks!
6. After the first guy takes off all his weird clown clothes, he's actually kind of cute.
They say you can't judge a book by its cover. But let's be real. When you know absolutely nothing about someone except that they just asked you for your number, all you have to judge that person by is their looks.
It's possible -- though unlikely -- that the reason this girl changed her mind is because it turns out he's not creepy and ugly.
Yeah, she's probably more interested in the car than the driver's haircut.
But given points 1-5, can anyone really blame her for rejecting this guy the first time around?
And this, my friends, is why "lived experience" and "autoethnography" are sort of bullshit.
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9/21/2017 10:55:03 am
I really wish that it weren't necessary to point this out.
9/21/2017 12:00:21 pm
Is this definitely a real prank? I can't help suspecting that the woman is actually a stooge.
9/25/2017 12:12:14 pm
It might be a fake -- the whole setup and outcome is a little too perfect. Nevertheless, I'm sure there are guys out there who are like, OMG HOW DARE SHE?
9/26/2017 07:25:48 pm
My reaction as well. It's crafted as a heavy handed setup for a put-down of the woman. Bias as many factors as possible to get her to say no,and then yes, then act as if it's only about money (as you analyzed in more detail).
9/27/2017 07:59:59 am
When Guy 1 comes back and Guy 2 says he's his boss, their behaviour is over the top and I would expect the woman to be more suspicious. Plus she tries to ask out Guy 1 in front of Guy 2, who she has just agreed to go out with, despite having told him she has a boyfriend. Why doesn't she expect him to say something?
10/1/2017 02:16:28 pm
Agreed. Someone would have to be pretty naive not to catch on that she was being pranked or set up. So this rich, good looking guy wanders around town dressed and heavily acting like someone unappealing (with fancy clothes underneath), then has an underling help him transform in public? Why would he do that? And after both have asked for dates, in their different ways? So her reaction is to try to get a date with the "rich" guy, without any reference to the odd behavior?
10/12/2017 01:51:55 am
I am told that in the 1980s, my brother-in-law and some friends went to a yuppy bar in London and for a laugh gave each other posh sounding names like Tarquin and talked loudly about 100K deals and so forth. Apparently a lot of women were keen to talk to them.
11/14/2017 11:46:03 am
What would this video be if the girl were not "hot" or conventionally good-looking? Would she be called a gold-digger? What if the girl equivalent of the males went to a "hot" guy (first a sloppy dressed, looks crazed kind of girl) and asks for a number and then a neatly-dressed, well-presentable one? Wouldn't the results be the same as the one in the video above? And what if then the first girl has a makeover and comes out looking conventionally "hot" and the (stooge) guy starts drooling over her ... what is he then? what would the video be? how to prank any (shallow) man ever? I really liked your analysis that peeled away the layers of the video. Totally unfair to expect women to just play along with any random guy without any prior info. There's a serious risk in that. Which girl is ever going to do that?!
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