WATCH: 'NowThis' Wants You To Stop Saying "Hey Guys." Obviously That's Stupid.
NowThis is completely aware that you'll think the following lecture on our modern language is stupid. But they need to plant the seed, because as we've seen, modifying the language is a powerful tool to move agendas. So yes, this video is stupid. And yes, "Hey guys!" is innocuous. Still, NowThis released the video. One day "Hey, guys!" might be hate speech. Go ahead, tell me I'm paranoid.
If we're concerned with colloquialisms winning out over their real meanings, I'd like NowThis to address the following:
- Period of time
- ATM machine
- VAT tax
- VIN number
To name a few.
If you're unsure about what I'm referring, you may be the problem. Sorry you had to find out this way but I'm not.
I also have to agree with NowThis that there are many other areas of greater concern than a collective term of greeting applied to people of all genders. Most people don't care. Most women don't care. Would most men care if I, a woman, addressed them as "Hey ladies!"? Yes. That's what makes it fun. Don't take that away from those of us with front holes. What if I want to call a gaggle of dudes a bunch of girls? Ever think about that, NowThis? It was fun for us ladyfolk knowing it was only the menfolk who got their jockstraps in a twist over being addressed as girls when most girls didn't give two bra strap snaps about being addressed as "Hey guys."
You're ruining it!
Sometimes people do say "Hey y'all" or "Hey folks" even "'Sup homies" when feeling exceptionally lame. But now we'll all have to use "HEY GUYS" just to trigger those who get triggered over "guys." Even if the expression does come from that masked dude who played opposite a shaven Kiera Knightley.
Just kidding. I know it was Sinead O'Connor.