It started like any other day for wordsmith and public speaker Robbie Tripp. Like always, he was promoting himself on Instagram as a "Contributor to Entrepreneur & HuffPost; TEDx Speaker; Husband to a curvy goddess." He innocently made a few posts on how he loved his wife and found her sexy even though, "Her shape and size won't be the one featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan." It was a true act of bravery to find the woman he married attractive and desirable, and he wanted us to know about it. "A real woman is not a porn star or a bikini mannequin or a movie character," he said, because as everyone knows, porn stars aren't real women, but are reptilian impostors taking over the world one boner at a time.
His post went, let me see if I'm pronouncing this correctly, "viral," thanks in part to a Buzzfeed article praising him. But fame is a double-edged sword, or like one of those stupid evil lightsabers where the hilt is also lightsaber so you probably keep chopping off your own thumb while dueling. Anyways, people started hating him for his smugness.
Yes, his posts were pretty condescending and insulting to women. Yes, he did imply that a woman's value is intrinsically linked to whether men are brave enough to find them sexy. And yes, the Buzzfeed article on him was cloying and irritating. However, does he really deserve all the backlash? What he wrote was stupid and self-congratulatory, but isn't that what all social media boils down to? Is he a Milkshake Duck by his own design, or have we collectively Milkshake Duck'ed him with our fickle, shifting standards, sacrificing him on the altar of social media so that our corn harvest may be plentiful?
Whoops, looks like he made some racist and transphobic tweets. Milkshake Duck strikes again.