Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have been one of Hollywood’s ‘it’ couples for years, in part because of how normal they seem despite their incredibly glamorous lives.
Rather than cultivating the usual celebrity long-suffering, the pair’s self-deprecating jokes and constant Instagram pranks have become something of a pop culture institution.
And each new iteration is always met with a loud chorus of fans declaring marriage their “relationship goals.”
But their shtick is starting to wear a little thin on some fans, who are starting to feel like the whole thing is an act — and one that’s long worn off.
In a recent thread on the “r/popculturechat” subReddit, a fan bluntly asked, “Why do people love Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively?”
And the answers show that many pop culture vultures have had their fill of Hollywood’s hottest couple.
Fans started airing their negative feelings about Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.
Many fans aren’t buying Reynolds and Lively’s marriage and think it’s all just another Hollywood PR stunt.
It’s easy to forget in the face of celebrities’ carefully crafted public personas that they are, at the end of the day, gazillionaire celebrities whose lives bear no resemblance to that of a normal person.
In the case of Reynolds and Lively, many people feel like they’re taking the whole “normal” thing a bit too far.
One Redditor called the pair “fabricated,” while another called “lol so quirky person” a calculated move concocted by their PR team.
One TikTok user took a similar view, arguing that the constant bashing of each other is just a modern iteration of the “ball and chain” culture.
Another commenter on Reddit said that the more the couple “try to promote the perfect narrative of marriage/relationship goals on the internet, the less I believe them.”
Fans have had enough of Reynolds and Lively’s constant trolling.
The constant trolling of Reynolds and Lively on social media has become an institution among fans.
Fans seem to especially love Lively’s annual roast of Reynolds on her birthday, like this one in 2019, where he posted a series of flattering photos of his wife.
But for some fans, the act has become too old, too fast. One Redditor called Reynolds’ entire style “too much cringe for me,” while another pointed out that his jokes are all the same, including his movies.
The user wrote: “His humor gets really stale once you realize he makes jokes the same way all the time.”
“He says something funny with a very straight face and then keeps looking at the person he’s saying it to.”
Another wrote that while they like Lively, they “can’t stand him” and are particularly incensed by Reynolds’ trolling of his wife, who they wrote, “trying hard.”
One Redditor heartily agreed, calling Reynolds’ trolls of Lively, like a 2017 birthday post in which he cut Lively out of a photo entirely, “so old.”
And then they drew a very unfavorable comparison to Reynolds’ comedic stylings – “It’s kind of creepy to me as a kind of humor.
Ouch. Harsh, but fair.
However, for every person who seems to hate Reynolds and Lively, there’s another who loves them and doesn’t “hate hard,” as one Redditor put it.
Ultimately, Reynolds and Lively’s social media portrayal of a perfect, hilarious celebrity wedding isn’t hurting anyone.
But after years and years of public performance, it’s hard not to see it a little.
John Sundholm is a news and entertainment writer covering pop culture, social justice and human interest issues.