As you all know, People magazine released its S*xiest Man Alive issue yesterday with Channing Tatum as its man of honor. We are certainly not mad at that. Tatum is fine as all heck, and he certainly embodies a pleasant masculinity and swagger that Black women like ourselves can certainly appreciate.
Having said that, it was surprising to see that our ultimate white boy crush Ryan Gosling missing from the top spot. But it didn’t take long to realize why. The reason why I crush on Gosling is the reason that he’s not People’s golden boy: he’s way too manly for that. As a friend who works at People told me, Gosling won’t go along with the photo-shoot and interview involved with being adorned as the cover boy. This tidbit of info just raised his stock in my mind. As someone who appreciates manly men, I’ve always known that I can’t be too into men in the entertainment industry. Just imagining a male actor or rapper posing for these long photo shoots for a magazine spread kind of turns me off. There’s something about a man craving the limelight and attention in that way that undermines my attraction. A manly man is someone who does his job without any concern for attention. I know that Gosling does engage in publicity events for his films but there’s something to be said about him turning down on offer to take on such a pretentious cover and proclaim “I’m the s*xiest man alive.” And for that, I thank him for keeping it all the way swexy. Ryan, you will always be my #1 white boy crush. Keep brooding my brother.