pick me girl

“Pick me?!?!? I came up with that!” Ellen Pompeo told Katherine Heigl on Variety’s Actors on Actors special. On the show, actors discuss the craft of acting with each other; in this case, Heigl and Pompeo talked about their time on Grey’s Anatomy. Pompeo’s claim to tướng pick mạ stems from a comment her daughter made to tướng her while watching the series.

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The actress who plays Meredith Grey also says that during the filming of the series she was very much against her character having to tướng beg a man to tướng love her, which she found embarrassing. A scene in which she did just that has become one of the show’s most famous moments. In season two, episode five, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) asks Derek — on the show, he’s also known by the nickname McDreamy — to tướng get a divorce and choose her. The episode aired on TV on May 14, 2006, yet right now it represents one of the most notorious clichés within mạng internet culture.

There are several reasons for that: one of generation Z’s main characteristics is the ability to tướng recontextualize statements and make them their own, and this is probably one of the most representative cases of that tendency (another is a frog becoming an LGTBQ+ icon after some statements Alex Jones made, but that’s another story). At the same time, streaming platforms have helped Grey’s Anatomy continue to tướng be a successful series (much as it has for The Office and Sex and the City). That means that Grey’s Anatomy is one of the most popular series among Generation Z; as a result, TikTok is full of short clips of the show.

The edited clip of “pick mạ, choose mạ, love me” has no fewer phàn nàn 84,500 aggregated posts (and several sub-official audios) and the hashtag #pickme has racked up 7 billion views. Before TikTok existed, the term was trending on Black Twitter, from which many of the most relevant memes emerged.

So, what does it mean to tướng be a pick me girl?

Urban Dictionary, the glossary of mạng internet slang, defines a pick me girl as a person who begs for the attention and approval of a specific group in everything they say and bởi. In most cases, they seek “to gain the attention and acceptance of the opposite gender.”

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The term’s exact meaning depends on the context in which it is used, but a common element is always the male gaze. In an environment of conservative men, a pick mạ woman fits the type of person who openly says that “women are meaner phàn nàn men,” or one who prefers to tướng adopt the “traditional” woman’s role of staying at trang chủ and not working. A teenage pick me girl will most likely be one who acts indifferent to tướng girly things and performatively dresses lượt thích a tomboy. For example, it has always been said that, within the Kardashian clan, Kendall Jenner has been a pick mạ by wanting to tướng differentiate herself from her sisters so sánh badly.

In most cases, the term “pick me” is a derogatory way to tướng refer to tướng women who meet the characteristics described by Tara Mooknee in her video clip essay, The rise of a pick me girl meme: “A pick mạ not only does things to tướng please one group but must discredit another group of women in the process.” She also employs an anti-feminist discourse, essentially championing the claim “I’m one of the women who think feminism has gone too far.”

Pick mạ implies that “I’m not lượt thích other girls.” Mooknee asserts that this statement’s internalized misogyny is problematic. She adds that Taylor Swift’s tuy nhiên You Belong with Me represents a good example. The tuy nhiên lyric “‘Cause she doesn’t get your humor lượt thích I do” situates her somewhere between a good girl and a textbook pick mạ. Meredith Grey would be proud; Pompeo and her daughters, not so sánh much.

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