Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are going to great lengths to prove that Mendes is definitely pro sweatpants.
The actress came under fire after telling Extra that everyone’s favorite at home garment was the “number one cause of divorce in America.” We shameless Internet writers like to take flippant, unfunny remarks (unfunny celebs like to call these “jokes”) and make headlines out of them. Taken out of context, Mendes’ sweatpants quote is a hilarious piece of non-news that gives me an opportunity to make a few (hopefully) not terribly offensive jokes at her expense.
To be clear, I don’t believe that Eva Mendes never wears sweatpants, nor do I believe that Eva Mendes has a passionate stance for or against sweatpants (like, say, Kanye West does). Celebrities say stupid stuff every day. I also say stupid stuff every day, there’s just no one recording it and even if there was, no one would care to read it.
But Mendes and, even worse, Gosling both took to social media to do damage control, which was really the worst possible reaction, because it makes them both look super lame and also gives me an opportunity to write ANOTHER post that includes the words Eva Mendes, Ryan Gosling and sweatpants.
Gosling tweeted the following:
Obviously sweatpants thing was a joke. Wearing them now. That’s right, tweeting in sweatpants. Rats! Said too much! You win again Twitter.
— Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) March 20, 2015
Meanwhile, Mendes made a public apology to her favorite pair of sweats:
Dear favorite pair of sweatpants. I was just kidding when I said you’re the #1 cause of divorce. Everyone knows that orange crocs are the #1 cause of divorce. Either way it was a bad joke and feel terrible if you or anyone thought I was serious. Thanks for understanding sweatpants. Sorry orange crocs.
A photo posted by Eva Mendes (@evamendes) on
She feels “terrible?!” This is not a situation that warrants feeling terrible. Racist remarks, homophobic remarks, accidentally running over someone’s cat or child – these are situations that warrant feeling terrible. Half-jokingly insulting a clothing item? NBD girl. We pretend it’s a big D for lolz, but in the grand scheme of this complicated universe we live in, it’s really NBD.
Take it from an asshole on the internet who’s had her fair share of hate-fuelled comments: engaging is never a good idea. If I didn’t think Mendes was kind of lame before, I kind of do now.