The Unreal Adult's Guide to Kid Culture: What is a "TikTok Rizz Party"?

Youth culture is full of mysteries this week: Why would anyone drink oatmeal mixed with water instead of eating a bowl of oatmeal? Why does everyone care about some anonymous teenager at a party? Is anyone psychic on TikTok?

What are "oats"?

The most popular trend on diet-based TikTok this week is Oatzempic. The oatmeal diet, hailed by some as the key to quick weight loss and getting that bikini body you've always wanted, is basically mixing some oats with water and lime juice and drinking it for breakfast. It has a catchy, popular name, but does this diet really help people lose weight? If you follow your plan and replace your breakfast with disgusting oatmeal, which contains about 160 calories and a lot of fiber, you'll burn fewer calories than if you eat bacon, eggs, and toast. But as our own Beth Skwarecki points out, "If you don't eat much because you're 'full' after 160 calories, you'll end up eating an unhealthy low-calorie diet." Nutritionists generally agree that people It's unlikely that you'll stick with oatmeal for long—you're better off eating a bowl of oatmeal first thing in the morning than gulping down an oatmeal shake.

Viral Video of the Week: TikTok Rizz Party/Carnival Boys

This week's viral video, "TikTok Rizz Party" (aka "The Carnival Boys"), depicts a group of teenage boys singing along to Kanye Wes on "Jillian's Sweet 16," according to the video's poster Dance to the special "Carnival". Nothing unusual happens in the video. The themes may look like kids doing normal teenage things, but Rizz Party is a hit, racking up more than 56 million views on TikTok alone since its release on March 10. It became so popular that it spawned the new discipline of Rizz Party analysis. There are over 32,000 reaction videos on TikTok, with people online poring over every pixel on every frame, such as "TikTok Rizz Party," a Zapruder movie. They gave each person in the video a nickname, created backstories, character motivations and lore, performed a thorough parody, and let it inform their personal philosophies, all based on a randomly captured 17-second video. So far, the kids in the video seem to be taking their newfound internet fame with good humor, calling themselves pseudonyms and blending into the lore, but it's got to be terrible for the kids who are considered less important — —The popular Rizz boy.

As for why this video, why now, it could be anything. But I think the fact that an entire generation spent years indoors during a crucial formative period of their social lives likely had a profound impact on their collective psyche, and this video (and much of current youth culture) is an expression. A widespread fascination with mundane moments of light-hearted social fun may indicate a desire to share the experience, even if it is expressed through ridicule or irony. (This is my research paper that I hope will earn me a PhD in Rizzology.)

IShowSpeed ​​and Logan Paul vs. The Rock and John Cena: WrestleMania as a generational battleground

There was a clear moment of generational divide at this weekend's WrestleMania XL. If you're over a certain age, the main event title match between Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes featured the most amazing surprise appearance: The Rock and John · John Cena appears on the opposite side. (The show was so hilarious that it had to be seen to be believed.) But if you're under a certain age, the only surprising appearance at Sunday's game was YouTuber IShowSpeed, who dressed up as a bottle of blue Drinks Prime and attempted to help anchor Logan Paul in his match with Randy Orton and Kevin Owens. After pulling Paul out of the ring, IShowSpeed ​​was immediately RKOed by Orton to the media stand. The moment immediately went viral, with half the audience laughing and the other half asking: "What do I show you now?"

TikTok conspiracy theory born?

I'm fascinated by why people believe stupid things, and social media gives us the opportunity to see how nonsense becomes widely held beliefs in real time. There is a post currently going viral on TikTok that is a case study of what happened in the early days of conspiracy belief. TikTok user Tristian Galindo posted a video this week in which he discussed a TikTok user he remembered watching during the coronavirus pandemic. According to Galindo, the "missing creator" created a series of videos in which he accurately predicted the future and attributed his information to a mysterious organization called "The Above," before disappearing and swearing Will return in 2029. This guy said that’s what happened so far,” Galindo claimed.

That's not enough even for most conspiracy theorists to take seriously, but the information in the comments seems to corroborate Galindo's story. Other TikTok users not only remembered the poster, but (supposedly) found him. Moe Othman ("Mothman" to old-school conspiracy theory fans) is indeed a TikToker who stopped posting in 2022, and he did make predictions about the future, including saying that the coronavirus would spread to major cities early in the pandemic. If you want to believe it, that might be enough. But if you're skeptical, you might actually watch Osman's video and learn that he didn't mention anything specific about "the vamp" or anything else Galindo "remembers." "What happens is we have to wear masks.)

Time will tell if Galindo's conspiracy theory catches on and joins the ranks of heavyweights like "We Didn't Go to the Moon" and "Pizzagate," but his video was viewed 6 million times in the last week alone, So it at least found an audience. (For the record: No one can predict the future because it hasn’t happened yet.)