Four years ago, at the Olympics, Ryan Lochte was a blessing to the internet, generating memes and GIFs and hilarious snark-pieces that I still enjoy and read, despite the fact that our online world has been accused of being hollow and temporary. Four years later, at the Rio Games, Ryan Lochte is, once again, a gift. Without Ryan Lochte, we wouldn’t know that Al Roker throws shade by stirring his drink. Without Ryan Lochte, these tweets wouldn’t have been possible:
tantics - antics by a brah with a sweet tan— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) August 21, 2016
Pretty sure Lochte just used the word "tantics". What a tragesty.— Annie Martin (@anniem) August 21, 2016
“Basically, he’s every character Channing Tatum has ever played. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Tatum’s version of method acting to prepare for roles is “go to Express and Arby’s with Ryan Lochte.”
Is it mean though? Is it mean to be laughing at Ryan Lochte and, specifically, the fact that Ryan Lochte is such a dum dum? Are we being unfair to sweet stupid Ryan Lochte? Damon Young’s entire article is a delight but he’s also right in how he ends it. You don’t have to worry about Ryan Lochte. Ryan Lochte will be fine, he’s gonna be OK. The Ryan Lochtes and the Justin Timberlakes of the world were always meant to be OK.
Yours in gossip,