Fancy Older Parents Are Driving the Internet Totally Wild

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Sure, Pete Davidson is cute. And I won’t deny that Timothée Chalamet is handsome, or that I’ve been having a hottest with Robert Pattinson ever since. twilight I got out when I was 12 years old. But, none of these guys do that for me. At least, not in the older way, more luxurious celebrities like Mads Mikkelsen, Lee Pace, Javier Bardem, Daniel Dae Kim or, believe it or not, Adam Sandler do. Even men who have since died — like Patrick Swayze or Burt Reynolds — are teasing something more exciting. I know I’m not alone. While it is easy to find unlimited stan accounts for the handsome young heart of today, there is a large corner of the internet where people like me thirst specifically for men of a certain age. Like teenagers getting nervous tiger win or J-14 Posters on our walls, our digital attractions focused on parents.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Do we really need to elaborate and think about why a guy who cuts cheekbones like Mikkelsen or Dae Kim is hot? Obviously. On the other hand, the aesthetics of JCPenney’s boys’ section of Sandler or the chest hair and nerves of porn of men like Reynolds or Tom Selleck don’t quite match the dewy body aesthetics of a bald body. It’s not just beauty that dictates this attraction.

It’s not just about age. As recent TikTok from @jenisnotokay explains, there is a delicate balance between “male celebrities over 40” and the true father of the internet. On her TikTok, she presents “Singing When I Find DILF Attractive” to Rihanna’s “Umbrella” with a slideshow of different men. She sings when she thinks it’s hot, and shuts up when she doesn’t. Slideshow includes Killian Murphy, Oscar Isaac, Chris Pratt, Robert Downey Jr., Mickelson, Justin Timberlake, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Willem Dafoe. She screams at her wired Apple headphones for Downey Jr. and Mikkelsen, Morgan, and Dafoe, sings in a sensible voice to Murphy and Isaac but is silent to Pratt and Timberlake.

Although both Pratt and Timberlake Technically Qualifying as male celebrities over the age of 40 who can be “DILFs” – they have children – there is something completely non-sexual about them. They are very clean, very gentle and without edge, and lack any of the sharpness that separates parents from parents. Not to mention Timberlake and Pratt aren’t considered to be very nice guys, even though they seem to be. Internet parents may be bad boys, but they are not bad people.

Meanwhile, the recent TikTok trend is using the latest dialogue clip from Ant Man, where the child says, “I want my dad,” and the man’s voice says, “I want your dad too.” In the viral soundtrack, the soundtrack leads to the bass line from “Super Freak” by Rick James. The women used this part, first showing pictures of a celebrity’s children and then saying, “I want your dad too,” before cutting out a slideshow of pictures of said celebrity. Among the most popular versions of this trend are those using Matthew McConaughey, Sandler and Selleck – that is, all men over the age of 50.

The choice of photos they use reveals something that people find very sexy about these older men. In nearly all of these TikToks examples, the creators start with photos of celebrities when they were young, and then finish with more recent photos (Sandler’s version begins with photos of him in Air Heads and ends with Uncut GemstonesAnd the For example). Part of what seems to drive this infatuation is the sense of nostalgia. If nostalgia has permeated almost every other area of ​​contemporary interest – music, fashion, television – surely it also tells us about our sexual desires.

However, is any of this father’s interest in reality the new? As HBO’s latest show, minxIn the first episode, Reynolds’ nude was spread in worldwide In 1972 it was a huge success for both the magazine and him. Although he was 36 years old and was not a father, he conveyed an attractive and mature masculinity in contrast to the boyish types one might expect from a young magazine today. That was 50 years ago, and a guy who looks much older still stops our hearts as much as he does today.

Of course, the media has changed. We no longer need a folded picture of our chosen one when we can deal with a seemingly endless number of photos and videos of celebrities online. In fact, just as there are Stan accounts for the younger generation, there are dozens of Twitter accounts dedicated to older men. Mikkelsen is a special target and appropriate case study of the Internet Baba phenomenon. On the internet, he has a cult-like following, especially for his role in Hannibal. And even though the show ended seven years ago, there are still people His whole life online He is Dedicated to tweeting about him.

Cammy, 21 years old Canadian Tweet embedand Mads MikkelsenHannibal Fan account, he is one of them. She told me, “I just like the way he’s acting.” “He is very versatile when it comes to the roles he plays, and he approaches it that way. He can convey a handful of different emotions with nothing more than a look or an expression.”

However, what she especially likes is how down-to-earth he appears in interviews and other real-life scenarios, in contrast to his personality in Hannibal. “He’s loyal in everything he does, and he’s very honest,” Kami continues. “He does not take fronts, speaks his mind. He plays such serious and intense roles, but in interviews, he is the biggest football player. He is cheerful, very gentle and very unpretentious. It is also useful that he is very aesthetically pleasing. ”

Cami has a long list of Mikkelsen aesthetics that you enjoy. “There is just something about his cheekbones and how strong his jaw is,” she says. “His eyes are also beautiful shades of amber, especially in natural light, which are very expressive.” She also loves his hair, his ability to look either coarse or sleek, depending on the styling, as well as his posture – “especially when he’s walking, he seems to be rocking hard without realizing it” – and, obviously, his physique. “He has a strong upper body, broad shoulders, firm chest, large arms, and strong-looking hands,” she says. “But his waist/legs are slender and almost dainty due to his dancing background. It is a pleasing contrast.”

Mikkelsen is all of those things, of course, but part of Cami’s laser focus on him may also be because he has the kind of moment usually reserved for younger celebrities. Although the 56-year-old started acting in Danish films when he was 30, it took another decade for him to appear internationally with the 2006 film. Casino RoyaleHe has not starred in an English language movie. However, he also starred another roundwhich won the Oscar for Best International Film last year. As he approaches his 60s, his profile has continued to rise – most recently he replaced Johnny Depp in the upcoming Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets. Undoubtedly, then, some of his love has to do with establishing “Mads Mikkelsen” as a household name.

But while Mikkelsen’s growing popularity makes him feel increasingly familiar, the phenomenon of Internet Daddy also seems to draw us to men like him who are well-known, but perfectly quiet on an individual level. What is Mikkelsen doing this week? I don’t have any silly proof, because he doesn’t post anything about it. Many of the above parents post a selfie or life update now and then, but they are certainly not as chronically online as those who post About they. There is, then, a sense of mystery in older male celebrities that we don’t provide for many people our age.

But beyond that, the psychologically simpler answer to parenting’s online culture is probably that some people prefer older men. Call it ‘father issues’ if they must, but these guys seem to be able to take care of themselves And the You. The same cannot be said for many young famous people today, even if this assumption is unfounded. It looks like Jeffrey Dean Morgan can cook a healthy meal for you. Timothée Chalamet looks like it will give you a UTI.

Are any of these judgments realistic? No, but it’s our judgments of other men in the Chalamet age group that explain it. The 26-year-old is no mystery. But a man over 40 or 50? What do we really know about them? In this knowledge gap the father of the internet can thrive. He exists almost as a fixed figure, far in both his age and fame. And with that, he feels safe to express our desires. It’s like he’s the only one who can take us away from all of this, especially the part of our lives that got wrapped up in social media.

I mean, does he even know how to use Twitter?