Let me introduce you to my new favorite TikTok page — "Be A Man" (@bostonbeaman). The account — which has almost 720,000 followers — parodies the hilariously illogical outlook men sometimes have when navigating everyday life.
For example, one of Be A Man's most viral videos features the 62-year-old male main character saying, "If you can't find what you're looking for in a store, don't ask for help. Walk out. Be a man."
"Be A Man" is the brainchild of a Boston-based comedy group called "Breaking Balls." In another one of their viral hits, the account takes on men's tendency to not learn from their mistakes. "Never learn from your mistakes. Be a man," the man in the video says flatly.
It also tackles men not using instructions: "Got something complicated to put together? Don't use the instructions. Be a man."
The account also mocks men's reluctance to go food shopping: "Don't go food shopping. Starve. Die. Be a man."
It really does cover a wide array of topics — from traveling (Don't check out of a hotel, just leave. Be a man.") to health (Deny medical attention. Be a man.") to pooping (Don't wash your hands after you take a shit. Be a man.").
"We started it as a skit to have fun with our friends," Joe from the group told BuzzFeed. "We wanted to bring light to how different things have changed. 'Be A Man' to us is just as much advice to people that don’t have anyone, as it is making fun of men's shortcomings."
Joe said the group wants the account to make people laugh at these videos and also discuss the topics. "People are so uptight and offended that we wanted to create an outlet where we could talk about subjects in a way where you can either see the truth or see the humor, depending on what lens you are looking through."
Joe also said he wants the account to help men be OK with making fun of themselves. "The hope of the account is to grow to a point where men are OK making fun of themselves, but also not afraid of being masculine. It's been something that people want to suppress, but to a lot of men, this is who we are and society tells us we shouldn’t be this way."
I'm all in for any account that makes me laugh and also challenges the idiotic expectations society has for men!