Look Son A Good Video Essay

Sometimes, the innards of parenting are best kept private. We all know it can be hard, but keeping it within the confines of the household prevents people from judging a situation that they have no personal bearing with. Reality star Draya Michele found this out the hard way when she took to Instagram with complaints about refusing to sign off on her 13-year-old son Kniko’s homework. The subsequent Twitter backlash was almost legendary.

Kniko’s assignment was to memorize a four-minute speech and be able to recite it, requiring as much practice at home as in school. His teacher required him to have a parent sign off to prove he practices at home (five times a day, according to her complaint). After days of hearing the speech, Draya exploded on Instagram about the assignment and asked her followers what they thought.

It started with a screenshot of a text conversation between her and her son. “Mom are you for real I didn’t get a note card and now I’m not getting those points” Kniko sent to her. Draya quickly responded back with gusto. “Smh. Imma write a rude note,” she relayed. “Should I say what I really want to say? Cuz we can take it there."

The conversation itself wasn’t indicative of any lacking parenting, just being a regular back-and-forth between child and parent. But when paired with the lengthy rant in the picture caption, things started to get a little hazy. “I’m all for helping my child with his homework, but at this point, she has him harassing me with this speech,” she complained. “I’m hearing it 2x a day for a month straight. I’m finna memorize it. ... Tell your teacher I’m done with this. It’s not my damn homework. But it feels like it. What ya’ll think?”

She responded to someone’s comment, clarifying exactly why she was upset. “I’m not annoyed of signing,” she began. “I’m annoyed of him feeling the need to read it to me everyday.”

The good folks over on Twitter got a hold of her post and had a field day with it.

The jokes that came from the situation were just as thrashing.

Poor kid. Kniko, if you ever need someone to practice your speech in front of, I’m here.

Mike Huckabee Huckabee's sons analyzed in New Yorker essay on "large adult son" meme

PostedByJacob Rosenberg on Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 1:31 PM

  • Twitter / @JuliusIrvington
  • Photo of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and his two sons, John Mark and David, that inspired "large adult sons" meme

You should go check out Jia Tolentino's piece on the "large-adult-son meme" for NewYorker online.

The meme took off in large part, Tolentino writes, from a 2015 tweet by @JuliusIrvington featuring a family photo of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, his wife, Janet Huckabee, then child but now Donald Trump spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and his sons, John Mark and David Huckabee.

Commenting on the men wearing matching striped shirts in a family portrait, the tweet said: "My favorite thing in the world is that Mike Huckabee literally has large adult sons."

As Tolentino explains, this played into a larger "large adult son" meme that came from absurdist humor corners of Twitter. And, even though the "large adult sons" meme has grown to define so much of our world today, the Huckabee boys still are the model writes Tolentino.

But the Huckabee sons remain the poster boys for the meme. “They are very large, they are adult, and they are so clearly Huckabee’s sons,” Petchesky noted. They also fully fit the archetype. David, notoriously, once killed a dog at summer camp, and John Mark once acted in a low-budget film in which he smoked cigarettes while assuring a female character that it was normal to “suck a little dick to get a part.” This is classic large-adult-son behavior: alarming, with a whiff of the surreal. The Huckabee boys also remain cloaked by the cartoonish piety that undergirds their father’s politics. The situation resembles a 2014 @dril tweet: “my big sons have made a mess of the garage again after being riled up by the good word of the Lord.” The definitive quality of the large adult son is that he is endlessly excusable: though he does nothing right, he can do no wrong.

Got a taste? Good, now get out of here and go read Tolentino's piece.

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