Welcome to this week in TikTok where I watch TikTok all week, so you don’t have to! Every week I will unpack the past week’s
I’m 6’3” BTW
One trend absolutely taking over my For You Page are text-based videos that say something the person thinks will attract a potential partner and are usually followed by some desirable physical attribute in parentheses.
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Some of the videos posted by men aimed at women are kind of depressing like Foster’s. Another video made by @neroman1217 read “spent all of last night crying and throwing up about the erasure of women in science due to systemic sexism (i’m 6’8 btw).” He has since deleted the video and made his account private. These videos take serious issues and make caring about them into a joke to get laid.
This trend is at its best when the content is more lighthearted…and directed at straight men. User
I’ll admit I fell for
You know it’s your girl
On Sept. 29 TikTokker
The videos made to this sound have two people lip synching the interview and the first person in the video says “oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh I know it ain’t, I know it ain’t, it’s the Stallion,” and then the camera pans to the second person who delivers the last line, “you know it’s your girl.” The videos are overlaid with text describing the situation where you’re excited to see someone and they tend to be situations where there is no reason to be so excited, but they are.
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These videos emulate Keke Palmer’s joy seeing Megan Thee Stallion and bring her energy to everyday encounters.
Two popular songs on TikTok this week are “TWINNEM” by Coi and “Lucky” by Britney Spears. “TWINNEM” has over a million TikToks made to the sound and “Lucky” has over 20,000.
There are two trends set to “TWINNEM,” the first has users testing if they have knees like Megan in reference to rapper, Megan thee Stallion. The knees like Megan trend initially was set to the song “Knees like Megan” by Mouse on Tha Track and
The other trend set to “TWINNEM” has users doing a dance created by
The “Lucky” trend isolates the part of the Spears’ song where she says, “this is a story about a girl named lucky” and each video has text that fits with the theme of the lyric, like
Who is couch guy?
On Sept. 21, TikTok user
In the original video, Zarras walks into her boyfriend Robbie’s apartment where he is sitting on a couch with three other girls, thus his nickname, couch guy. His unenthusiastic reaction to Zarras’ surprise made him the center of conversations on TikTok.
Zarras’ video has over 128,000 comments and most are along the lines of “he hugged her like she was his aunt at Christmas dinner” and “You can FEEL the awkward tension bro.” In response to the comments on the video, Zarras commented “breaks my heart that people can watch a special moment and bring so much negativity. please think before you assume anything about my relationship.”
The reactions to Zarras’ video don’t end in the comment section. The video inspired a slew of extremely popular parody videos using the same sound as Zarras’ original video, “Still Falling for You” by Ellie Goulding.
The couch guy video also prompted users to post their own videos of them surprising their long-distance boyfriends. In these videos the boyfriends are elated to see their girlfriends. When they’re compared to the original couch guy, his disinterest in his girlfriend becomes obvious. The captions on these videos are all something like “how couch guy should have reacted.” The
The real meat of the couch guy videos are people dissecting the original video to prove that couch guy is cheating on his girlfriend or at least not that into her. People are bringing the same energy they brought to trying to solve Gabby Petito’s disappearance, but this time they are trying to uncover the truth of a long-distance college relationship. Users are pulling out all the stops to prove that couch guy is up to no good. Some posted slowed down versions of the original video where they analyze the minutia of it.
Zarras responded to these theories with
Couch guy broke his silence five days ago
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Zarras has since released couch guy merch and gone on Barstool Sports’ Tea with Publyssity podcast. On Publyssity Zarras said “I posted it thinking it would get like 2,000 views.”
“It is crazy that so many people have something to say about it and are so invested,” she continued. She used her time on the podcast to defend her relationship with couch guy. She explained that couch guy was in his room five minutes before she arrived and had to be lured out by his roommate. She also clarified that the hair tie on his wrist is actually a magnetic bracelet she got him for Valentine’s day and that the girl next to him has her own boyfriend.
I hope that this is the last week of couch guy TikTok because I can’t take seeing the same 10 second video one more time. Couch guy spiraled out of control and goes to show that on the internet, people feel like they can comment about your life just because you posted a 10-second video. My favorite TikTok in the couch guy cinematic universe was posted by