@PaulRyanGosling (and the Mouthy Housewives) Stand Up to Twitter Police

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"Hello, we have received a valid report that your account, @PaulRyanGosling, is engaged in non-parody impersonation."

Say what?! One minute you’re gearing up for another big night of trying to be funny online, and the next thing you know, it seems like the VP candidate for the GOP is trying to shut down your two-month-old Twitter parody account. Or maybe it’s Ryan Gosling? But, no, Gosling is too dreamy and smart to think we're impersonating him, right?

Wait. Maybe we should back up and explain how this all started.

Back on August 11, we woke up to the news that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had announced that Paul Ryan would be his running mate. Mouthy Marinka tweeted this from her personal account: “Excited about Paul Ryan Gosling!”

Across the East River, Mouthy Karen was awake way too early for a weekend morning. She saw this tweet and immediately implored Marinka to start a Twitter account for @paulryangosling.

Bing, bang, boom, all the Mouthies were on board, having a blast poking fun at Paul Ryan’s anti-woman policies and cheesy infomercial workout proclivities. None of us suspected that by Monday afternoon we would have more Twitter followers than all of us combined -- or that in the weeks to come, we would get a shout-out on Rachel Maddow, and praised by places like HuffingtonPost and CNN.com as one of the funniest parody Twitter accounts of the 2012 election. I mean, we all thought we were HILARIOUS, but we could not have predicted that @paulryangosling would garner such a huge following in such a short amount of time. We were thrilled!

With each new mention we were emailing each other in excitement. "OMG, Mia Farrow retweeted us!" "Holy shitballs, Martha fucking Plimpton is following us!" "Bwahahaha, our friends are retweeting us and they don’t know it’s us!: Suddenly, we were all watching the political news with a deeper interest, watching every moment of the conventions, and reading up on the official party platforms in a way that we might not have otherwise.

We did decide pretty quickly that to be taken seriously as political humorists, we wanted to remain anonymous for as long as humanly possible. Thus began over two months of keeping a big secret from our friends and families. Okay, we may have told a few people, but we threatened them with friendship Death Row if they breathed a word to anyone.

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