Five hours before the presidential debate on Tuesday, the celebrity avatar known as @PaulRyanGosling was unceremoniously shut down. “We have received a valid report that your account is engaged in non-parody impersonation,” wrote Edward Mayfair from Twitter HQ. The suspension was ill-timed, and not just because the debate was the perfect venue for the feed’s snarky combination of Paul Ryan’s conservative come-ons with Ryan Gosling’s seductive charms. The Twitter crackdown came at pick-up time, just when the humans behind @paulryangosling had to fetch their kids from school.
Daily Intel can now reveal that @paulryangosling is the creation of five humor writers, three who live in the New York City area and two in Texas. All mothers of small and school-age children, they blog at a website called “The Mouthy Housewives,” an advice site that one of them described as “Dear Abby if she were a little bit tipsy.” The idea came to them early in the morning on Aug. 11, the day the Republican vice-presidential nominee was announced. Early that morning, Karen Gerwin, who lives in Brooklyn and used to work as a literary agent (full disclosure, she is a friend) was exchanging anguished, hilarious, horrified e-mails about the veep pick with her friend Marinka (not her real name) who was waiting at a New York area airport to head off on a family vacation.
“Here’s this guy who’s our age whose beliefs about women’s rights are antiquated,” says Gerwin, of her initial reaction to Ryan.
“He’s the flip side of terrifying,” agrees Marinka. “The idea of him being the heartbeat away from anything, let alone the presidency, is very threatening for some people, you know, with uteruses. It’s a very thin line between the humor and the weeping uncontrollably.” Read More.