A “motivational speaker” named Justin Lookadoo would like to teach your teenagers how to not be undateable. That’s him, up in the header photo, in no way resembling someone Chris Hansen once interrogated on NBC’s To Catch a Predator, and there he was today at Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas, extolling his “Dateable Rules” and how they’re totally in line with what God wants for his children, yo. (Yep, Richardson High is a public school.) I’m pretty sure “A Dateable girl isn’t Miss Independent” and “God made guys as leaders. Dateable girls get that and let him do guy things, get a door, open a ketchup bottle” is somewhere in the Beatitudes. And “Dateable guys know they aren’t as sensitive as girls and that’s okay” is just common sense.
Apparently, some parents kicked up a fuss upon learning of the impending in-school presentation, which was then postponed — but not for long. Lookadoo, a former Juvenile Probation Officer, came to spread his incisive commentary on gender (only for straights, though — pray it away already, gays) anyway. Because you’re sad you missed it, go here to take the R.U. Dateable quiz, and peruse the rules for dateability here.
… I’m undateable. Damn it. (Frances Ha jokes have already been made on my Facebook wall, so you’re too late.) I guess that’s because “Dateable girls know how to shut up.” :(
The students didn’t take too kindly to the message and instead took to Twitter, coining the hashtag #Lookadouche:
Looks like some of the kids are all right after all. As for the adults at Richardson Independent School District responsible for booking Lookadouche? Not so much.
Update: District officials released a statement: “RHS and RISD approve of the broad messages shared with students related to self-empowerment and dating violence, but do not support some of the terminology used by the speaker to generalize student behaviors.”
Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.