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The “white boy of the month” epidemic: Helpful or harmful?

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Lia Dimapasok
Every month, social media users all over appoint a new white boy to be their designated male celebrity crush. Still, there has been some debate regarding whether or not this silly gag is harmful or helpful.

Ah yes, the monthly inauguration of social media’s designated “white boy of the month,” the internet tradition in which a new white male celebrity is jokingly crowned as the newest object of affection for teenage girls. 

The process of selection typically involves the celebrity having done something prominent enough to capture the attention of a big audience of teenage girls. Take, for example, this month’s white boy: Jacob Elordi has launched himself into complete heart-throb territory after his most recent role in A24’s Saltburn.

However, this phenomenon seriously begs the question: what is this innate desire for there to be a designated celebrity crush each and every single month? Is it simply a pursuit of entertainment, a quest for love, or perhaps a manifestation of parasocial relationships? 

This trend, while seemingly harmless and intended to be nothing but a funny gag, has left a lot to consider regarding the influence of social media on shaping preferences, beauty standards, and the collective mindset of the younger generation. The “white boy of the month” phenomenon serves as a reflection of the hivemind-like nature of teenage culture and the impact that the digital spaces we constantly occupy have on generating trends. 

As the monthly tradition continues to gain more momentum, the debate surrounding its impact intensifies. Is it a beneficial outlet for expression and connection, or does it inadvertently contribute to harmful stereotypes? 

For students at Ayala, there’s a lot of mixed opinions regarding this topic. 

“I think the ‘white boy of the month’ trend is fun and essentially harmless,” Lucas Liu (9) said. “My personal favorite is Tom Blyth.”

¨Personally, I really enjoy this little trend,” Katie Cha (9) said. “It’s also really fun to see everyone’s opinion on the new ‘white boy of the month.’”

Amidst this enthusiasm, there are also some students who express their distaste for the trend.

“I just feel like we’re so obsessed with the ‘white boy of the month’ that we’re overshadowing genuinely talented male celebrities of color,” said Hannah Mirasol (9). “I mean, why not celebrate the diversity of talent instead of just sticking to the same old, same old?”

“I just feel like we’re so obsessed with the [‘white boy of the month’] that we’re overshadowing genuinely talented male celebrities of color. I mean, why not celebrate the diversity of talent instead of just sticking to the same old, same old?”

— Hannah Mirasol (9)

Social media, while a powerful tool for expression, also carries the potential to shape societal norms and values. That much has become evident through witnessing the  evolution of trends like the “white boy of the month.” Ultimately, social media’s influence extends beyond just entertainment; it plays a pivotal role in molding society’s standards. 

As users continue to engage with and contribute to these trends, it becomes even more crucial to acknowledge the responsibility that comes with our digital interactions. Rather than succumbing to the allure of fads and fleeting trends, there is an opportunity for users to actively participate in shaping a digital landscape that embraces diversity, inclusivity, and the celebration of talent in all its forms.

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Lia Dimapasok, Staff Member
Lia Dimapasok (9) joins The Bulldog Times as an aspiring writer, eager to explore the world of journalism. In her first year on the team, Lia looks forward to honing her reporting skills and sharing intriguing stories with her fellow students. Beyond her journalistic pursuits, she enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and baking. When not immersed in academics or writing, Lia can often be found with her nose buried in a book, lost in the captivating worlds created by her favorite authors. She also nurtures her love for creative expression through short story writing, cultivating a deep appreciation for the written word. With a genuine curiosity for the world and a penchant for storytelling, Lia is poised to make her mark on The Bulldog Times.
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