Diplo knows his way around a bop and also I’d maybe enjoy making out with him. Diplo is also, at least according to Twitter, a woke icon after dismantling toxic masculinity and societal gender constructs in a single tweet. When the producer tweeted a photo of Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf, some read it as gay because literally only gay people watched Gossip Girl. “Y’all sure he’s [straight]?” read one tweet, which Diplo then quoted, writing, “masculinity is a prison.”
masculinity is a prison https://t.co/Rx9LeP1CYN
— dip (@diplo) January 8, 2019
And with that one tweet, the plinth upon which masculinity had long stood crumbled into dust.
Just kidding! But the girls really loved it, and began to preach their eternal devotion for Diplo. “Holy shitt I just realized I could love Diplo more. Amazing,” wrote one fan, while another Little Dipper (which is the name I just came up with for Diplo stans, you’re welcome!) gushed “You know who Blair Waldorf is AND stand up against toxic masculinity? I love you even more now.”
Pictured: Diplo pointing out that the patriarchy makes fools of us all.
In all seriousness, it’s important that men with huge platforms like Diplo make statements like this, even if they’re in jest, even if they're the bare minimum. Toxic masculinity, which reinforces antiquated notions of what it means to be a “man,” has a chokehold on society that we need everyone, including public figures, to help dismantle. With each tweet, each celebrity and each innocuous resistance of the status quo, we chip away just a bit more at the monolith of male privilege, gender binaries and heteronormativity.
PS: Diplo, I’m single.