It's a bird, it's a plane — it's Ryan Gosling! A British journalist claims that the oh-so-handsome actor rescued her from being struck by a New York City cab on Tuesday night. In a series of tweets, Laurie Penny detailed her brush with life-saving fame. "I literally, LITERALLY just got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling. Literally. That actually just happened," she wrote first to her nearly 40,000 followers. "I was crossing 6th avenue in a new pink wig. Not looking the right way because I am from London. Ryan Gosling grabbed me away from a taxi." But Penny, who writes for The Nation and Al-Jazeera, says she didn't realize it was the "Ides of March" actor until it was "confirmed by girl near me, who said 'you lucky bitch.'"
Within moments of her tweets, the Internet blew up with the tale of Gosling's heroics — but Penny is asking for everyone to calm down. "People do lovely, considerate things for other people all the time," she writes in a post on Gawker.com. "I don't believe that the fact that A-list celebrities occasionally act like human beings is in itself news — it might have been slightly newsworthy had Mr. Gosling simply floated by on a cloud of his own cultural significance whilst a young woman got smeared into the tarmac, but lucky for me, even the most chiseled-jawed of us are usually boringly dependable in times of minor peril."
Penny then went on to suggest Americans should find something more important to worry about, calling this country's citizens "very strange" in a rant likely to offend. "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. The real heroes I've met in America are risking everything to make sure that the United States doesn't slide further into bigotry, inequality, and violence whilst everyone is distracted by the everyday doings of celebrities."
Despite Penny's feelings on Gosling (and the country at large), there's no arguing he's become a modern-day hero — at least on the Web. Last year, a video of the "Drive" star breaking up a fight in the middle of a busy Manhattan street also went viral. Gosling, fresh from the gym and carrying what appeared to be groceries, intervened between two men who were duking it out over a stolen painting.
At this rate, it's only a matter of time before Gosling finds a cure for cancer and ends world hunger, right?
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