At this point, you’ve already seen “Instagram Husband.” Right? If not, you’ve been living under a rock for the better part of a week. “Instagram Husband” is a parody of our social media culture, making fun of our obsession with taking pictures of… well… everything. From ourselves (in awkward poses) to our food, we’re a culture of people who are obsessed with documenting every part of our lives.
“Instagram Husband” is making fun of all that. One of the minds behind the viral video is Jeff Houghton, a comedian based out of Springfield, MO. The video was posted to Houghton’s The Mystery Hour YouTube channel. In under a week, Houghton’s “Instagram Husband” has already reached almost 4,000,000 views! (Two of them are mine.)
From a man’s point of view, this satirical take on our obsession with social media lampoons us to ourselves. We’ve all been in that situation where you’re trying to take a sip of coffee but someone you’re hanging out with wants a quick shot of the coffee mugs first. And, to be honest, we’ve probably all been that person before.
“Instagram Husband” gives us an interesting perspective, though. It makes us laugh and shake our heads at “those sorts of people,” but it’s pretty clear that this video is reflective of all of us. That’s one reason that “Instagram Husband” has been criticized by writers like Tracy Moore at Jezebel. As Moore rightly points out, “Instagram Husband” downplays the role that many men have in living through social media, including men who constantly take pictures of themselves and the things they do.
Does “Instagram Husband” poke fun at all of is, or does it shame women unfairly? Did you think it was funny? Let us know in the comments below.
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