I like to fancy myself a smart cookie, and I've come to discern that there are quite a few seemingly innocuous subjects that are almost certain to elicit strong opposing opinions, work people up into a lather, and ensure exponential unique pageviews. It's almost as if Gawker Media writers are savvy enough to notice it too. It got me thinking, could I bait clicks? Could I spin a lack of respect for my reading audience a into 500+ comment section? I've compiled a shortlist of such subjects (feel free to shout out any additions!) for which any combination is certain to result in a torrent of feces.
- Pubic Hair
- Beyonce's Feminism
- Other people's romantic and/or sexual relationships
- Things said on Twitter
- Cultural Appropriation
- The idea that Kim Kardashian works for a living
- Lena Dunham
- Fat Acceptance
- Wearing or Not Wearing Makeup
- Other people's spending habits
My imaginary clickbait article would be titled "Jizz Isn't Vegan, But I Am," and written from the perspective of a woman whose radical veganism has caused her to declare a moratorium on fellatio because semen is technically an animal protein. (Header image illustrated by Jim Cooke.)
Tell me about yours!