Just when we think we’ve swooned enough over Ryan Gosling, he proves that he’s worthy of even more.
On Tuesday, a British journalist named Laurie Penny was crossing a street in New York City when she nearly got hit by a cab. And who came to her rescue? That’s right — the Notebook guy himself.
“I literally, LITERALLY just got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling. Literally. That actually just happened,” Penny wrote on Twitter after the incident.
In a series of tweets, the writer explained that she was crossing Sixth Avenue, “not looking the right way because I am from London,” when the actor snatched her out of harm’s way. “He did not say, ‘Hey, girl,'” she wrote. “He said, ‘Hey, watch out!'” Penny wasn’t certain that her rescuer was Ryan Gosling until a girl who witnessed the event turned to her and said, “You lucky bitch” — at which point, she was pretty sure.
And there you have it: Ryan Gosling looks amazing in a suit, plays the ukulele, breaks up street fights and saves confused tourists from certain death. There is nothing that Ryan Gosling cannot do (except win an Oscar. Ba-dum-bum).
However, Laurie Penny’s story doesn’t end there. A few hours after writing about Gosling’s heroics, she was deluged by media requests, driving her to tweet, “EVERYBODY NEEDS TO CALM DOWN ABOUT RYAN GOSLING NOW.” In a post on Gawker (titled Ryan Gosling Saved Me From a Speeding Car But There’s War In the Middle East So Everyone Calm Down), Penny tells the full story in her own words and wonders why everyone is making a fuss over an encounter that “lasted about five seconds.”
“Americans are very strange,” Penny writes. “They can and do hyperventilate about the most everyday happenings as if they are the most important thing in the world, and then they act completely normal when public conversations are had about war on Iran and war on women’s bodies and when Rick Santorum is considered a serious presidential candidate.”
“What’s more, I really do object to being framed as the ditzy damsel in distress in this story,” she continues. “I do not mean any disrespect to Ryan Gosling, who is an excellent actor and, by all accounts, a personable and decent chap … But as a feminist, a writer, and a gentlewoman of fortune, I refuse to be cast in any sort of boring supporting female role, even though I have occasional trouble crossing the road, and even though I did swoon the teeniest tiniest bit when I realized it was him.”
Okay, fine, we get it. Everyone’s making a big deal out of something that’s really not such a big deal. But the fact that Ryan Gosling goes around Manhattan performing random acts of kindness just makes our day a little happier. Is that so wrong?
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