On 15 June, Warner Bros. dropped the first image of Ryan Gosling and his Calvin Klein “Ken” underwear in the upcoming Barbie movie, and the internet hasn’t shut up about it since.
However, after 24 hours, the conversation has evolved from keyboard smashing to a hilarious comparison between Ryan and another bleached blonde heartthrob that came before him. In a viral tweet with more than 14,000 retweets and 141,000 likes, user @bashful_michael placed the image of Gosling’s Ken next to an image of Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred Jones in the 2002 classic Scooby-Doo. “Freddie Prinze Jr’s Fred walked so Ryan Gosling’s Ken could run,” the tweet read.
Reactions to the tweet were mixed. Many agreed, including one user who wrote, “When I saw the pic of Ryan Gosling as Ken, my literal first thought was ‘it should be Freddie Prinze Jr.’” One user simply replied, “Wait, are these different people???”
Another chimed in, “First thing I said when I saw this was, ‘Freddie Prinze Jr. hasn’t aged a day.’”