Try Guys Cheating Scandal, Explained

2022 is a year of societal collapse, environmental catastrophe, and the not inconsiderable possibility of nuclear war, but history will also note that it has given us extremely benign sex scandals. No sooner had Adam Levine’s DMs twisted the definitions of the words “sex” and “scandal” as wildly as his tattoos had extended the term “body art,” than we who are even moderately online , had to learn more about Ned Fulmer. So here’s the situation, straight from someone learning about it, and about them, and about Ned Fulmer, and about labor law, all at the same time and almost certainly in the wrong order.

If, like me, you’re catching up, here are the CliffsNotes: Ned is a Try Guy. The Try Guys are a YouTube thing, where four guys try things, like baking cookies with no recipe or wearing bridesmaid dresses, and then they’re all like “what” or “oh no”, and millions of nieces and nephews of the world watch and are enchanted by them. Fulmer is married, a fact that apparently comes up often in their six hundred billion videos. He kissed a woman who wasn’t his wife they fired him for that which is one hundred percent the right thing to do for reasons I’ll get to later none of that is our business , and everyone is looking for something safe and easy to get mad at, because we feel helpless to do anything about the first three things I mentioned in the first paragraph of this article.

Over the weekend, the situation got even more out of control, as Saturday Night Live! aired a skit about the Try Guys firing Fulmer. It was the first skit after the monologue, which meant two things: 1) it was the most important and culturally relevant of the evening, and 2) we had limited mental bandwidth because we were still processing the fact that Brendan Gleeson was hosting SNL. It’s here.

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Now I’ll tell you that I enjoyed this skit, and not just because it involved Brendan Gleeson. There’s something inherently funny about people you’ve never heard of taking themselves very seriously. That’s why I only watch reunion episodes of the Real Housewives franchise: it’s hilarious to see strangers in dresses that furiously keep their marks. It makes me laugh, it’s probably my way of dealing with the culture leaving me behind, and if it’s true, it means it will happen to you too one day, so put that in your pipe and smoke -the. Either way, I thought: they’re surely exaggerating the guys’ bubbling rage and high self-esteem for comedic purposes.

As usual, I was wrong. Here is the actual Try Guys video.

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Yeah.

But as soon as the skit aired, the internet did what the internet does, which is react. They came quickly: the tweets, the Reddit threads, the YouTube videos twice as long as the sketch itself. And the reactions revealed some very important information.

First, the Guys’ extreme negative reaction probably has less to do with their emotional involvement in their friend’s marriage and more to do with the fact that the woman Fulmer kissed was a Try Guys employee, which makes him his superior, which potentially turns into a situation of sexual harassment, which makes all the guys (as co-owners of the business) vulnerable to legal action. It’s an important fact, which maybe one of the guys could have tried to clarify in the video itself, but which makes their anger understandable. Still a valid thing for writing a comedy skit, I guess.

Second, one of the sketch writers went to Yale, as did Try Guy Ned Fulmer, so there are theories that this writer was biased in favor of Fulmer and therefore wrote the sketch to make the other guys look bad. I will say that I find this less than convincing, if only because I believe the Ivy League secret societies have bigger fish to fry, but I know that at least two groups of parents are saying “we paid to send our child to Yale for this?”

The third and most important thing I learned from the reaction to the Ned Fulmer affair and the SNL inspired sketch is that the right place to put my laptop and my iPhone is at the bottom of my fucking pool.

So there’s the deal. Good luck to all the remaining Try Guys, and the two women involved, who I won’t name here because they’ve been through enough. Prayers for the SNL the writing team, who I sincerely believe are sleeping through this. Department of Public Relations at Yale’s prestigious Hot Ones School for trying unfamiliar foods and being like Ew, I’m sorry about the encounter you just had.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to try drinking tequila on a Tuesday morning.

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