Protestors demand that Ryan Gosling be named Sexiest Man of The Year

As research for this post, I looked up the “Hey Girl” Ryan Gosling meme, which I’m familiar with but never paid much attention to in the past. I’m now irrationally happy after viewing these videos of Ryan Gosling reading his internet memes. (Kudos to MTV’s Josh Horowitz, who does the best celebrity interviews of anyone.) If you are able to, please watch Ryan Gosling giggle and get embarrassed as he reads some of his “Hey Girl” memes.

I’m not a Ryan Gosling superfan, like I don’t get hot for him like I do for Matt Damon at any age or Johnny Depp prior to his recent phase of debauchery. After watching these I feel giddy, though, and like a surge of puppy love is rushing over me. He’s hot, funny and he doesn’t take himself seriously. I can imagine screwing this guy and enjoying the hell out of it. Compare that to Bradley Cooper, who is a competent actor with no discernible personality traits. Cooper was just named “Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine, and I saw his video interview for it (at the end of this page on People’s site) and was totally underwhelmed. He’s a decent-looking guy, but if he wasn’t famous and he came at me with that personality I might not even go out with him. I’m not kidding. He just doesn’t do it for me in any way.

Many people agree with me. About 15 protesters gathered outside of People Magazine’s headquarters in New York Wednesday to protest Cooper and demand that Ryan Gosling be named the Sexiest Man instead:

There are a lot of protests going on in New York City these days, but this was unexpected.

Call it Occupy Sexy. Announcing themselves from the social-content website, about 15 protesters in Ryan Gosling masks showed up – in the rain, no less – outside PEOPLE’s headquarters at Manhattan’s Time-Life Building on Wednesday.

“We are devastated,” Buzzfeed’s Matt Stopera, 24, said of PEOPLE’s decision to name Bradley Cooper 2011′s Sexiest Man Alive. “[Gosling's] left arm alone makes him the Sexiest Man Alive. Hello, look at his abs!”

Facebook users also got into the act with an entire page devoted to The Pro-Gosling People Magazine Protest, illustrated with this week’s cover of Cooper with a great big red X over it. (Gosling’s photo is circled. What, no heart?)

Of course, Gosling is in the issue that hits newsstand Friday, along with 123 other hot guys.

As for the equally ab-tastic Cooper, “We stand by our man!” says PEOPLE’s Executive Editor Liz Sporkin. “Bradley Cooper is the whole package. He’s gorgeous, talented, brainy, loves his mom, can cook up a storm and speaks fluent French! Who can argue with that?”

[From People]

Cooper is definitely sexy when he speaks French, but that’s about it. The French speaking doesn’t make up for the rest of his blah-ness, and it’s not going to come in handy unless you’re on a trip with him to a French-speaking country. (Which could be cool, I could entertain that thought.) That novelty will wear off fast though, and you’re left with a guy who is about as interesting as a room temperature light beer. Gosling has swagger and he loves to go to amusement parks. Sure he has crap taste in women sometimes, but that just means that he’s not that discerning. I could definitely get behind him as Sexiest Man Of The Year. I doubt I’d stand outside in the cold complaining about it, but thanks to these brave souls I don’t have to.

Here’s a petition to ask People Magazine to admit that they were wrong and should have chosen Gosling. He is named as one of the sexiest this year, but he should have taken top honors.

Thanks to Jezebel for this video of the protest. It just cracks me up.










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  1. mln76 says:

    This makes me laugh. I am a bit over my Ryan crush but I have to love his super fans. Although there is a rumor out there that Ryan turned them down.

  2. coconut says:

    he’s no clive owen.

  3. brin says:

    I like Ryan but I wouldn’t go out and protest over this. *smh*

  4. Bite me says:

    Too bad the fangirls don’t support Ryan movies… And what the heck is so sexy about the Gos

  5. Eve says:

    This is ridiculous. As much as I find Bradley Cooper bland, I still think he’s a better choice than Gosling.

    And looking at these pictures…my god, am I the only person who can see that his eyes are set too close together? They’re like less than an inch apart for crying out loud. Also, his chin looks like a foot.

  6. UKHels says:

    noooo!!! dude ain’t sexy either!

    it would be cool if each ‘hunk’ in Hollywood had a small faction of, say, 50 people each protesting for them

    who’s with me!!

  7. tripmom says:

    This dude just does not do it for me. I’m sure he’s a perfectly nice human being, but I feel like there is something so odd about his face. I don’t get it.

  8. normades says:

    Next year maybe. They couldn’t do 2 Canadian Ryans back to back.

  9. jex says:

    STUPID STUPID STUPID. Even as a joke.

  10. tapioca says:

    Maybe “hipster” guy who makes indies no-one sees isn’t as “sexy” in the eyes of People magazine as a guy who can actually open a movie on it’s way to a $100m+ gross?

    It is a populist magazine after all, hence the “People”.

    I do love the protest though!

  11. Cindy says:

    Crakcing up!!!! That is some serious dedication……

  12. Cathy says:

    I might go out an protest if the weather was 70 and sunny, just for something to do. But in the rain, no way, I’m not that desperate for something to do.

  13. Michelle says:

    LOL @ this contest! I agree though, Ryan isn’t very sexy when you see him in pictures, but then you hear him and see his movements etc. and he becomes the sexiest thing you’ve ever seen in your life! I can totally relate with becoming giddy because of him. I’m giddy now!

    And Bradley Cooper has no personality at all.

    • Courtney says:

      Also,you have to remember,is not Cooper fault’s that he was chosen,it his moment,he is a human being.

    • Anna says:

      Watch his interviews,Inside the Actors Studio is AMAZING!He does have a lot of personality,it happens that you only search for ryan gosling on google.I dont know ryan’s personality and that doesnt give me the right of saying he have no personality,grow up

  14. meilamon says:

    I love Ryan, and I love this post! LOL best I’ve read in a long time!

  15. You don't say says:

    How about neither deserved it.

  16. S says:

    I feel bad for Bradley Cooper – I mean, I don’t find him sexy (I find him rather creepy actually), but still, this isn’t a world changing award or anything, and he’s being protested against?

  17. truthSF says:

    Seeing this video on CNN this morning made my day.

  18. ness says:

    they need to get a life!

  19. Po says:

    Finally some entertainment gossip that is just light-hearted fun. I think that hey girl site is hilarious and I think Ryan’s reaction to it is so cute. A lot of actors would make fun of these people, get angry, and shy away from it because they would think it doesn’t make them look serious enough. Ryan though seems be the type of guy who is secure enough with himself to be kind about it and see the humor in it. Now I am officially a fan.

  20. Beatrix says:

    people need some hobbies. go to the gym or something…

  21. Bermuda Blues says:

    I agree that Cooper should NOT have been SMA. Who finds him sexy?

    Ryan Gosling’s personality is really charming. I like those videos. I may be developing a little crush on him.

  22. sassenach says:

    If people are so upset then please go and support his movies. I don’t care about the People cover but I love him as an actor. He broke my heart in Blue Valentine.

  23. munachimso says:

    If people had made gosling sexiest man alive, there would still be a protest saying it has to be cooper.

  24. Denise says:

    This is really creepy; on a related note, I agree with a previous post, B-Coop’s movies do make a lot of money and he can now open big. Give the guy his moment in the sun.

  25. angee says:

    Not sure how it happened, but my husband should be on the cover.

  26. madpoe says:

    I vote None of the Above.
    I vote People stop doing these kinda things, they never pick the guys or gals I dig.

  27. Crystalline says:

    Looks to me like this is actually a meant to be a funny internet protest, not anything serious. The meme posters give it away, but I appreciate it.

  28. Samigirl says:

    I’ve had a thing for him since Breaker High. I LOVE him. Maybe next year. I really wanted it for him, but no way would People give two Canadian Ryan’s the SMA award 2 years in a row. Watching him read the “Hey Girl,” cracks me up. I love that he finds it humorous instead of demanding it get taken down (a la Celine Dion).

  29. Anne de Vries says:

    That sign made me LOL :-)

  30. Shelly says:

    This is pretty dumb. Who really cares about SMA? Isn’t it all a big joke anyway? I personally think Bradley is way hotter than Ryan, especially when his hair gets a little long and messy.

  31. Ming says:

    Oh this is epic.

    Call ANONYMOUS ! Shoot V for Vendetta II or rewrite that next Mission Impossible movie ! I like the humorous approach they took.

  32. Dudette says:

    Ridiculous. The backlash against Ryan G. is going to be pretty intense if this carries on. After all people are only adulated to be pulled right back down.

  33. Kit says:

    I don’t think SMA would be in Gosling’s favour now anyway. He’s too overexposed as it is.
    Bradley Cooper doesn’t do it for me but some of my mates adore him and he seems like a nice guy – a bit bland and dull but nice – definitely not sexy though.
    The ‘protest’ is hilarious. My initial thought was someone did it to embarras Ryan, i would be cringing at this if i was him lol

  34. Cali says:

    LMAO funny indeed, BUT I have to go with Idris Elba!

  35. Harley says:

    I seriously don’t see it. Both he and Cooper have the sex appeal of a Ken doll.

  36. Marjalane says:

    A: I luuurrvve Ryan Gosling, and
    B: I would like to think that he would have been mortified to have been chosen “sexiest” by a rag like People. That magazine has got to be the MOST ass-kissy, publicist wetdream, no better than the Enquirer, magazine on earth.

  37. lucy2 says:

    That is pretty funny.

  38. Obvious says:

    Those videos just fueled my love for Gosling even more. My boyfriend is sure to hate you for this tonight CB when I force him to sit through The Notebook, Blue Valentine and Remember the Titans (though he does like this last one) so I can get my Gosling dose.

    Dude has a sense of humor and that’s hot.

  39. carrie says:

    clearly his fans has too much time !
    eh Girls !it’s People,it’s all RP

  40. Lena says:

    LOL This is hilarious!
    I LOVE Ryan Gosling, he is so freaking talented and sexy.

  41. Gorrrrry says:

    You’re absloutley right the level of love this guy is getting now is gonna garner a helluva backlash come 2012/2013

    SMA means squat to me as a woman but
    I’m actually starting to feel bad for poor Brad Cooper

  42. Alexis says:

    What a fun protest. If I were there, I’d join.

  43. Kelly says:

    Hands down – Harry Connick, Jr.

  44. LaurenElizabeth says:

    Have none of you seen Drive? Gosling is Soooooooo sexy in that movie

  45. Flipper says:

    Ryan’s eyes are too close set.

    Colin Farrell is what sexy is:

  46. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    I vote for Billy Currington :)

  47. jamie says:

    Clearly the “protest” is a joke. I wonder if it’s the same group who did the memorial outside of DASH after the Kardashian split. Personally I think the Gosling thing is funnier, those signs are hilarious.

  48. Criss says:

    I choose Bradley, he’s older.

  49. GrnMtGirl says:

    Ryan has a sexy, flirty twinkle in those eyes even if they are too close together. And those Abs…OMG!! Swoon…

  50. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I don’t understand women who equate model-good-looks with sexiness. His eyes are “too close together”? WTF does that have to do with sex appeal? I’ve dated guys who were classically handsome and not sexy in the least and guys who were of average looks but made my panties fly off with a mere glance. Gosling defines sexiness. I mean yes, it’s all subjective but at least see one of his movies first before you call him unsexy.

  51. Lena says:

    44) ”Have none of you seen Drive?”

    or Half Nelson? Soooo so sexy!

  52. clare says:

    All I can say is thank god it wasn’t Justin Timberlake or Justin Bieber!

    Ah, for the days of Russell Crowe!

  53. mia girl says:

    The protest would be funnier if it was actually 14 of Ryan’s friends who did this as a joke.

  54. Monique says:

    Can you guys not tell that it’s a joke? Yikes! No sense of irony for a culture that loves internet memes…

  55. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    People are so lame, not even their jokes are funny.

  56. Abby says:

    I love ryan gosling. Ever since Remember the Titans. Those videos of his memes are me love him even more. mm mmm! This protest is funny.

  57. iseepinkelefants says:

    There was one photo of Ryan Gosling where I almost forgot he was that creeper kid from “Murder By Numbers”, it was him walking through the airport in a green? suit with no socks. It was a bit Eurotrash, oily old Italian dude who spends too much time on the Amalfi coast but it worked (and “Crazy Stupid Love”). Other than that, to me, he’s always that creeper from Murder By Numbers (now the creeper from “All Good Things”). Do. Not. Get.

    Regarding the French speaking, ugh. Reminds me of that episode of Veronica’s Closet where she dates Olive’s brother and he’s so up himself name dropping and speaking French constantly. I imagine Bradley Cooper’s probably like that but with more glances at himself in the mirror.

  58. spinner says:

    Love Ryan Gosling but it’s not his time yet. Cooper does nothing for me. meh

  59. icantbelievethis says:

    Haha! The man in the red jacket is on the show Red Eye.

  60. kieslowski says:

    Great story, really funny and lon a serious note – totally agree Gosling much better choice than Cooper.

  61. NM9005 says:

    Cooper is a bigger box-office draw than Gosling. Think about that before you go out on the streets yelling injustice. Maybe just go watch his films??? Just maybe? JT’s films do better than Goslings films too. People are such hypocritical idiots.

  62. Launicaangelina says:

    If you haven’t seen it, watch Lars and the Real Girl. Amazing movie and he’s wonderful at making Lars loveable.

    He’s a good looking man and I totally would!

  63. Cammie says:

    Since Iam a Ryan Gosling fan…Iam okay with this..LOl!

  64. fwiw says:

    Ryan Gosling for the win!

    I was surprised Cooper was selected because I don’t find him sexy at. all. He is so blah and he’s not that great of an actor either. Sexy? No Way!

    Anyway, I don’t think Ryan would want the SMA title because he seems focused on a serious acting career. The sexiest man alive title is a joke.

  65. Flipper says:

    “His eyes are “too close together”? WTF does that have to do with sex appeal? ”

    Sex appeal starts in the eyes for me.

  66. shawn says:

    Everyone knows People mag is full of shit. People mag is just a compilation of slightly edited press releases. Ryan should have won, but I guess his publicist didn’t do enough sucking up to People.

  67. Aqua says:

    Sorry, but to me this choice seems to have come out of no where.I’m a Gosling girl myself and don’t understand why he didn’t win.He’s much more diverse as an actor and I can’t help but love Ryans quirky looks and personality.Maybe the cover of SMA issue should be voted by the people/fans and not by the staff.

  68. FingerBinger says:

    I guess all the jobs really have gone away. Shouldn’t all these people be at work?

  69. Mmi says:

    I do believe that he was offered the title and turned it down, just like Leo.

  70. says:

    The “hey girl” protest sign is hilarious!

  71. 2 mainstream says:


  72. Meanchick says:

    Love this guy! He always seems like he knows a great joke and can’t wait to share it.

  73. whatevs says:

    yeah because this is such a big deal… *eyeroll* i think people need to protest the plans to censor internet websites instead. anyway and i think ryan is nothing great. he has solid abs but a butterface and low hung shoulders. not a great looker imo

  74. CC says:

    Although I’m definitely not a fan of Cooper, something about him looks completely manufactured, Gosling is cute, not sexy.

    I don’t know, is it just me or there aren’t any hot ultra-sexy 30-something actors out there at the moment, like Brad Pitt was in his day?

  75. hammer says:

    Really, this whole thing is nothing but rude to Bradley Cooper. I’m not a fan of his, nor Ryan, but come on. This is not important enough to crush somebody else’s moment. If Ryan’s so dang hot, he’ll have his chance again.

    Michelle: Um, I’ve seen him move and speak, he still does nothing for me. His face makes me want to doze off to sleep. not that Bradley does it for me either, but he’s about as worthy as Ryan.

    Ness: I agree, they do need to get a life. Come on.

    Po: No, most celebrities would probably act just like Ryan (except maybe Christian Bale). Any of them would flattered and polite. Ryan’s reaction isn’t special.

    Dudette: I agree, they need to just stop it. This is pretty rude to Bradley, and there will be backlash against Ryan. Fans should just have a bit of class.

    TheOriginalKitten: People are attracted to who they are attracted to. You think Ryan is sexy. Some don’t. You’d probably have no problem saying Bradley is unsexy and that his chin is too big or something.

    Fwiw: Yes.

    mmi: Yeah, sure he did. Where is the proof that Leo ever turned it down? That’s just speculation that people are turning into truth. Leo and Ryan both would love it.

  76. Feebee says:

    As a objective observer (ie neither really do it for me) I would have thought Gosling would have it over Cooper. It isn’t Cooper’s acting that have enabled his movies to open big. And he hasn’t been the only draw – ie Hangover and A Team yes the prettiest but not the funniest or best in the cast.

    Gosling’s got a better acting pedigree (not that I’m saying Cooper couldn’t improve his resume) and neither are particularly classicly handsome but both have interestingly handsome looks.

    Gosling just seems to have a personality. I find Cooper’s interviews to be insincere a lot of the time, like he’s practiced the answers. He’s an actor, he should look like he’s practiced the answers.

  77. Cerulean says:

    The Hey Girl is just too funny as is the protest.

    Ryan is better in motion. That’s very true. I like him. I’d date him. I wouldn’t date Coop though. I draw the line at orange men.

  78. Dani says:

    Someone up thread suggested Harry Connick Jr.

    I am ok with that.

    I would also cast my vote in favor of Tom Welling (beautiful) and Hugh Jackman (love him).

  79. Wildone says:

    So 15 people had nothing to do with their live, protested because Ryan Gosling be named the Sexiest Man, how pathetic is that with all the injustice in the world this is where these people decide to put their time and energy into.

    I think both man are unattractive and not sexy.

  80. Penny says:

    @Miagirl 53: Who’s to say it wasn’t one of Clooney’s famous pranks on his co-stars? I could see George organizing something like this. Had Gosling won, maybe the protestors would be wearing Clooney or more likely Pitt or Damon masks…

  81. cheesecake says:

    People, please leave the jealousy behind!!
    While Clive Owen was missing, and Leo was getting fat for “J Edgar” and Harry Connick was swimming with fishes, and James Franco was sucking dong in Broken Tower and all these other men were M.I.A!!!

    RYAN GOSLING WAS MUNCHING serious serious SERIOUS BISCUIT in Blue Valentine… Therefore, he get’s ACTIVIST-fans!! That’s how we roll!! Next year, I guarantee a riot for Fassbender (‘Shame’ will earn him serious fans if he lays enough pipe)END OF STORY!!

  82. whatevs says:

    protests should’t be used as a joke they are the democratic right of and voice of people. gov’s already care little for you folks use your voice against internet censorship

    that said, i totes laughed

  83. Mmi says:

    75) Seriously? You think that People has never offered Leo, one of the biggest stars, SMA?
    Come on…. He just doesn’t want it yet.

    • R says:

      Dude you do realize like in politics, famous peoples management team lobby People to get their star on the cover. It’s tense, it’s game playing and NOTHING about it is about ‘the Sexiest man’….please.

      Bottom line is strategically, Goslings people did not want him to get top spot UNTIL he makes a movie that brings over 50 million on the INTERNATIONAL arena.

      Economics yo! Don’t call is show-BUSINESS for nada!

  84. PiperB says:

    He looks like a 15 year old girl dressed as a boy on Halloween. He has close set eyes and furrows his brow like a little kid looking for attention. He is not sexy. (To me) Joking aside, I do think he is good looking in his way, but I do not find him sexy. Big difference.

  85. PiperB says:

    @mmi Leo looks like a Hummel he is not sexy either. What is with the boyish men being considered sexy? Are the voters pedophiles or cougars?

  86. PiperB says:

    originalkitten, yes eyes being too close together can be considered unattractive. Who are you to say it’s not. You don’t own who’s sexy. Who goes out and protests anyway? Too funny.

  87. Katie says:

    PLEASE! Neither Ryan nor Bradley are the sexiest man alive! Henry Cavill should have been given the cover. He is properly sexy, oozing testosterone and sex appeal. None of that hipster, metro crap like Ryan Gosling. Furthermore, Ryan’s eyes are too close together; his mouth is not pretty, and his chin is too big.

  88. Marianne says:

    @laurenelizabeth : OMG YES! He is sooo sexy in Drive. He’s pretty violent in that movie, but that scene with the hammer…DAMN! It was pretty sexy.

  89. Jilly Bean says:

    THAT IS HILARIOUS….. good to see people taking to the street about important issues… i would be protesting for Timothy Olyphant to win!

  90. Heather M (Heather) says:

    Admittedly I have not read the comments but this last one about Drive—omfg. Both me and my heterosexual fiancee developed major crushes following this film (mine intensified & his developed, I should say). The elevator scene where he kisses her. —swoon–

    He is sexy not for his physical features (though I find him super hot); it goes deeper. He has a charisma…a cuteness…a confidence…a depth …and he is so, so gifted as an actor. His eyes in Ides of March during the confrontation with
    Clooney were so intense–the perfect blend of bluffing and confident–SUPERB acting.

    Anyway, I think he’s without a doubt the sexiest, but I’m glad he didn’t get it in that I don’t want him tarnished with all of that commercial, superficial crap.

  91. ZenB!tch says:

    I thought BC was sexy for 5 -10 minutes. It’s like Brad Pitt. When the shirt comes off, all is forgiven. Although as old as Brad is looking lately I’m curious if that still works. That said at least I can recognize BC when he is dressed. I own Remember the Titans and have watched it several times and I do not remember Ryan in it. He and the other Ryan are just so bland and beady eyed that I cannot tell them apart. So while I can think of sexier men than a clothed BC, I can also think of much less sexy men and BC – the Ryans and Ben Affleck come to mind. Blah.

    PS: I’m sure I would enjoy them topless as well since working out is a requirement in Hollywood these days but I need to be able to remember someone for sexy.

  92. mmi says:

    @PiperB I don’t find Leo sexy either, but he’s very popular, most of his films are doing great at the box office and this is People we’re talking about. I’m sorry but I cannot believe that they don’t want him on their cover.

  93. Lex says:

    Others have already said this but what the hell America! Why do your citizens have nothing else to do than protest something that actually HAS NO BEARING ON THEIR LIVES? It would be like protesting who wins Miss USA or protesting against the person who has been hired to collect your garbage…

  94. Original Bee says:

    I have an irrational love for Ryan Gosling. This was his year. I can only imagine he wasn’t chosen because he turned it down. Ryan probably wouldn’t agree to play People’s silly Reindeer games (multiple interviews, cheesy photoshoot, etc.) Or maybe he was just smart enough to not want to deal with the backlash Cooper and Reynolds faced. If he did turn it down, that just makes me love him even more.

  95. Miranda says:

    “We are devastated…” This is embarrassing.

  96. Freckles says:

    He looks like a boy. That’s not sexy. Now Javier Bardem…. That’s a real, sexy man.

  97. Lady_Luck says:

    Neither of them deserved it.

    The winner should have been Chris Hemsworth. By a country mile.

  98. anonymous says:

    what’s so sexy about someone who’s had a nose job and has been arrested for DUI? Gosling’s a fake, overrated scumbag.