Game over t-shirts

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This t-shirt gives me about 10 different kinds of squicks … the sad groom and happy bride, the implications of dating as a game that men “lose” when they commit (because god knows there are no women out there who are total players completely skeeved out by marriage), the suggestion that brides are smug at snagging their hapless, gloomy grooms.

I totally get that this is just comedy, and I don’t want to seem like a humorless gender-warrior, but I guess on a certain level I just don’t quite understand why it’s funny … as a groom, do you really want to be thought of as unhappy about your marriage? As a bride, do you want to be seen as “winning” some game that results in your frowny-face partner being stuck with you for the rest of your lives?

 

Comments on Game over t-shirts

  1. I totally agree. I have seen these around and they actually make me kind of angry. I hate that men are portrayed as hating marriage. If you don’t want to get married then don’t. Who are these women who are forcing men to get married? What reason would a man get married who didn’t want to; status, peer pressure? I just don’t get it.

  2. I totally agree. I think of myself as having a good sense of humor but I’m not a fan of these shirts. I am not even a fan of the other shirt with the same GAME OVER logo but the groom is happy and the bride is sad. And yes, such a shirt exists.

  3. Aha! Kia, thanks for letting me know that the opposite version of the shirt exists. I might still find the shirt unfunny, but at least it’s equal opportunity unfunniness!

  4. I used to see this t-shirt at wedding expos when I was doing freelance wedding photography, and it always jumped out at me as a pretty good indicator that said couple should probably sit down and have a tough talk that they haven’t had yet.

    Humor doesn’t grow in a vaccuum, and if your groom-to-be is making that joke, it’s probably worth taking pause.

  5. My answer to your questions is NO. And I’m really damn sick of crap like this, because not all men want to spend the rest of their lives frolicking in every dank bar they can find. Some men can’t see themselves being in a committed marriage, but for all of them there are just as many men who DO want to be with one other person.

    It’s just such a lame stereotype now. And what’s lamer than that is knowing that all the sub par comedians to make jokes about this kind of stuff still get the laughs out of it. Come on, there’s plenty more funny shit other than jokes about a stud who obviously made the wrong decision.

  6. Is it wrong that my main reason for being upset about this t-shirt is that they don’t make one with a sad bride and a happy groom?

    Honestly, I would wear one if they did.

    It would be perfect considering my love of video games and belief that marriage is the end of a woman’s independence and the beginning of a man’s happiness.

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