Men view coordination as a virtue. We admire athletes, daredevils and (with a mix of jealousy and resentment) dudes who actually know what they’re doing on the dance floor. Which makes it really embarrassing to be a clumsy guy with zero physical grace.
But there’s hope for male klutzes, and his name is Luke Bryan. The country singer, who’s up for Performance Of The Year at Wednesday’s CMT Music Awards 2014, was named named People Country’s Sexiest Man 2014 last Thursday. That very evening he took a massive fall off the stage in Charlotte, North Carolina while covering Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘s “Can’t Hold Us.”
Here’s the video from another angle:
And it’s not a one-time occurrence. Bryan took a similar plunge in Greensboro, North Carolina earlier in 2014. So, how do you save face (and even appear “sexy”) when you constantly fall flat on your face? Let’s take some hints from Bryan…
Laugh It Off
“The last time I was in North Carolina, I busted my ass on stage,” Bryan said after getting back on his feet. “What is it about North Carolina that makes me bust my ass? Please YouTube that sh*t.” If you make fun of yourself before everybody else gets a chance, then they’ll be laughing with you, not at you. If you act defensive, like your pride is actually wounded (any variation of “shut up, it’s not funny”), you’ll be mocked forever.
Pretty much the only way to look badass after you’ve robbed yourself of all dignity.
Tweet Your Shame
This goes along with being able to laugh at yourself. Take ownership of your humiliation and share it with the world. Your friends will finally envy you when you become a viral video star who never has to pay for drinks again:
I'm good. Few stitches.
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) May 30, 2014
Also, gross-out pics will always impress your boys:
— Brian O'Connell (@boccountry) May 30, 2014
The Show Must Go On
Did Luke Bryan sulk off the stage, so mortified by the incident that he refused to ever appear in public again? F*ck no, he got right back up there, made a couple jokes and kept going as if nothing had gone wrong. It’s easy to live in fear of what might happen — and, let’s face it, what probably will happen — but you can’t dwell on these graceless moments or let them define you.
In the immortal words of Alfred Pennyworth, “Why do we fall, sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” If that advice is good enough for Batman, it’s good enough for your uncoordinated ass.