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Advice
|12 Apr|4 mins

We Ask: How Can Being Run Over By Your Crush Possibly Feel Good?

Beware of Sandra Oh.
Elle Glass
12 Apr
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Sometimes the internet tells us things and it takes us a while to catch on.

So it keeps telling us. And telling us. And telling us some more.

It spells it out in memes, in tweets and on our favourite Instagram accounts.

Sometimes, the phrasing, the in-joke, it becomes a part of our own vocab. As if by osmosis we absorb it, make it our own and use it on the reg.

Still, though, sometimes the initial confusion doesn’t really subside.

“Excuse me while I lie down in the street and wait for Sandra Oh to run me over with a car.”

This was a tweet that hit the www during the Golden Globes. Far from alone, it and its cohorts communicated the collective urge to be mown down by our celebrity crushes.

But why?

Advice
|12 Apr|4 mins

We Ask: How Can Being Run Over By Your Crush Possibly Feel Good?

Beware of Sandra Oh.
Elle Glass
12 Apr
Share:

Sometimes the internet tells us things and it takes us a while to catch on.

So it keeps telling us. And telling us. And telling us some more.

It spells it out in memes, in tweets and on our favourite Instagram accounts.

Sometimes, the phrasing, the in-joke, it becomes a part of our own vocab. As if by osmosis we absorb it, make it our own and use it on the reg.

Still, though, sometimes the initial confusion doesn’t really subside.

“Excuse me while I lie down in the street and wait for Sandra Oh to run me over with a car.”

This was a tweet that hit the www during the Golden Globes. Far from alone, it and its cohorts communicated the collective urge to be mown down by our celebrity crushes.

But why?

via Twitter @IMAGINARI

Is it that we are so totally obliterated by a crush that they might as well have run us over? That our feelings for them are so all consuming and all powerful that we just need life as we know it to end so we can get back to whatever it is we are supposed to be doing?

Dr Helen Fischer, a biological anthropologist who researches romantic love and its impact on the brain, says that the euphoria of a crush is more consuming than any other kind of high because “at least you can come down” from those.

“Romantic love is an obsession, it possesses you,” she tells in her TED talk. “You lose your sense of self. You can't stop thinking about another human being. Somebody is camping in your head.”

A complete knock out, in other words. A literal hit to life as you once knew it. It’s almost fetishistic. Or, is it that we adore them so utterly and completely that they truly could do no wrong and we would oppose any negligent driving charges that may ensue? Or something more sinister still?

“While the phrase may have origins as a hyperbolic way to communicate the most extreme shades of celebrity worship online,” writes Gabriella Pailla for The Cut, “the joke’s popularity may also have to do with the fact that we’re living during a time when we’re constantly being reminded that the Earth is going to be virtually uninhabitable by the end of the century, that capitalism is wholly unsustainable, and that we’re just one push of a button away from perishing in a nuclear war.  A breathless ‘run me over’ matches our current fatalistic mood.”

Heavy. By that logic, there’s a done-ness, a defeat of sorts. An attitude of run-me-over-please. But not all is lost.
In our many countless hours of research trying to figure out this calling, we (think) we finally get it. Just like ‘cash me outside’, ‘hold my beer’ and ‘next level’, it’s about a shared understanding, a dogged optimism, a reminder not to take ourselves too seriously. That just because you want something to take you out doesn’t mean it has to IRL.

That we can start a conversation, through humour, and we can connect, have a laugh, and overcome.
No one, surely, wants to be literally run over.

The thoughts of Sandra Oh, dressed like this:

via Instagram @iamsandraohinsta

… Running anyone over is absurd anyway.

She would most definitely have had a driver.

Elle Glass
Writer
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