You are excused for not knowing who try men be. I will proudly admit my ignorance, minutes before I was assigned this story. But there are millions of others who have adored them—for years—to the point of obsession and, now, heartbreak.
The YouTube collective, which includes 30-year-old Keith Habersberger, Ned Vollmer, Zack Kornfield, and Eugene Lee Yang, got together in 2014. (They started making videos on BuzzFeed all over the place, when the site was still working on YouTube and meme content. The set is designed to be a character-driven, oppressively serious content outfit. They specialized in the kind of soft boy stunts, light-hearted stunts designed to boost click counts from online passive Facebook liberals –The experience of men trying to simulate labor contractionAnd the The Try Guys eat everything at KFCAnd the The Try Guys Sit with Beto O’Rourke— which thrived in the post-Trump cultural confusion.
while they He broke up with BuzzFeed in 2018 For independence, Try Guys’ tone hasn’t changed. Overall, I think a good analog to their overall vibe is the way Joss Whedon ran his feminist race in the mid-2000s. This comparison will become very relevant very soon.
These guys got professional Nearly eight million YouTube subscribers For all their hard work (?). Although they are no longer at the peak of their algorithms’ dominance, they can still reliably count on hundreds of thousands of views per video, which are uploaded to the channel almost daily. It’s just a racket! Made by The Try Guys.
But what happens when one of your faithful chastity team members, dweebs soyface dweebs, reveals pervasive sexual desire? What if they develop a serious liking for another popular YouTuber? And what if all of this happened after the Try Guys made their marital status such a powerful part of their respect facade that all of their wives starred in their own podcast under the overall Try Guys brand? See where I’m going with this.
Let’s go to the end and work backwards. Earlier this week, a member of Try Guys, Ned Vollmeron videotape going out with a woman, who was certainly not his wife, in a New York City club. Fans have already noticed that Try Guys has not only moved to a less regular loading tempo for September, but also that Fulmer hasn’t been in any of the videos posted since the group made that announcement. This led fans to suspect Vollmer had been removed; When this supposed video of Ned surfaced, it seemed to confirm all fan speculation about his status within the group.
These allegations are no longer covered by any hint or conjecture: On Tuesday, the Try Guys team announced that They cut ties with Vollmerand “after internal audit” and Vollmer issued a statement He admits to a “consensual working relationship,” adding that he will focus all his attention on his “marriage” and “children,” while trying to rebuild his reputation. Vollmer announced it all today his Instagram And the Twitterwhere his profile picture is a picture of him making a thumbnail-ready duck face – the kind of expression you see scattered fortnite The videos—which I think add to the amazingly funny paradox of this situation.
Vollmer’s wife is Ariel Vollmer, and she is heavily involved in the YouTube business herself. she has Nearly 500,000 followers on Instagram He frequently appears on Try Guys programming, making infidelity a poor blend of personal and professional. (It also issued a statement on the issue, essentially echoing what Ned had said previously.)
It was Vollmer’s indiscretion pictures It was first distributed on RedditExhausted fans quickly try to understand the other woman’s identity. Scandalously, the person arrested is allegedly Alexandra Hering – a producer in the Try Guys group, and the star of one of the channel’s sub-series, “Food Babies”. (It’s a show about a group of YouTubers eating a lot of food on camera. You can skip it.) Herring hasn’t commented on any of this, but rumors swirl about her fiancé, Will Thayer, Remove all references to her from his Instagram account, which, as we all know, is the first step to any easy firing process. It is a horribly chaotic situation all around which will undoubtedly cause a number of lives and jobs to be destroyed.
For all the jokes I’ve made here, it’s important to remember that the Fulmers have two kids and are being forced to work through an extremely popular and highly demeaning relationship drama under the harsh lights of YouTube fame. They should be listened to when they ask for privacy. But given the nature of the internet and the entire home industry surrounding influencer drama, it probably isn’t.
Infidelity appears to be in the air now. Vollmer took the wand from Adam Levine, who was drowning in it TikTok-addled sexting scandalwhich has already become the syntax Hall of Fame meme. John Mulaney endured a brawl quite similar to the Try Guys debacle in 2021. He spoke lovingly of his wife (and their decision not to have children) for years in stand-up comedy, before filing for divorce and quickly sarcasm with Olivia Munn afterwards. Moon and Mulani had a baby together last year, and his original image as a perfect and healthy couple was Understandably shattered forever.
Twitter has had enough of their favorite husbands who take their favorite wives for granted. I’ve seen a number of people calling for a poll on those called wife men for good, because men who make their marital partnerships an essential part of their social media brand cannot be trusted. After all, exposing one’s marriage to content only makes the prospect of falling from grace more severe and punishing.
I get where they come from, but I think I have a slightly more philosophical view on the pressure of being very married in youtube crucible. Culture has become so friendly with its favorite creators, the internet has plagued them This strange and wrong satanic familiarityThe idea is that you, the audience, are on the soundboard to recover the family unit from a devastating breach of trust. No one, not even the most ardent Try Guys watcher, the biggest Mulaney fan, or the dedicated Levine Army, truly He knows who any of these people are. Their content does not provide any tangible vectors in their lives when they are not performing; Celebrities are, and always will be, strangers to us, and that’s a good thing to remember. These lines are blurred in an age when brand building relies on an artificial intimacy that must be enhanced by an overflow of stan.
Yes, it’s gorgeous and surreal to watch Snoop Dogg live on Twitch or Reese Witherspoon dusts off TikTok challengesBut I think we’ve pushed the bonds way too far. Why in the world would I suppose John Mulaney is a devoted husband? What proof do I have that everything is behind the scenes at Try Guys Studio? The one thing that’s reliable about any celebrity is that, just like the rest of us, he keeps up appearances constantly.
Of course, The Try Guys have found themselves in the business of being professional boyfriends and professional husbands – and this brand simply cannot afford an affair that jeopardizes this unsustainable standard. Smearing was inevitable, and it could have come in countless different forms; A divorce, an argument, a series of creative differences, a million small insults eventually come to a break. But social media fame is not yet ready to respond to life’s bitter fruits. It’s a key fact that any on-camera relationship can be different than on-camera, but unfortunately, for now, that split remains unresolved. Thus, Ned Fulmer will no longer appear in any of the Try Guys productions. He wasn’t the man everyone thought, and on YouTube, that’s a fatal blow.