Nick Jonas of Jonas Brothers fame has branched out on his own, dropped an album with some not terrible jams, and has been linked to a slew of pretty hot women. But for some reason, I just can’t shake the feeling that he’s not very likable. Sure, he’s pretty attractive and hasn’t, like, beaten anyone up or tattooed something dumb on his face, but I just can’t get on the bandwagon.
I realize it’s probably because Nick Jonas is a total try-hard. There, I said it.
Urban Dictionary describes a Try-Hard as: A person who puts a large amount of effort into achieving a certain image, or counter-image, to the point where it is obviously contrived.
How is that not the perfect definition for Nick Jonas?
Example One: The Purity Ring
On this week’s Carpool Karaoke, James Corden hosts Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas. Corden brings up Nick’s bogus purity ring, which he sported as a member of the Jonas Brothers. Purity rings are creepy in general, but it’s even creepier when you take it off because you’re basically just telling everyone you’re having sex now. Nick explains he took it off when he “fell in love”. He’s basically admitting that it wasn’t convenient to be a virgin, so he gave up on it. Also, it’s pretty hard to transition into a sex symbol if you’re trying to pretend like you aren’t having sex. The ring was all about portraying an image. Classic try-hard move.
Example Two: The Spray Tan
Glamour released a photo spread and article featuring Nick Jonas and Emily Ratajkowski enjoying a super fake spa day together. You can read all about it here. The gist is that Jonas says he can’t remember if he spray tans. WTF? It sounds like he decided admitting to spray tanning wasn’t going to fit in with his contrived image so he just said the dumbest fucking thing possible. Who does shit like that? Try-hards.
Example Three: Publicity Stunts
There are like a crap ton of rumors circulating that Nick Jonas and Kate Hudson are totally doing it. I mean, if that’s true, more power to him. Kate Hudson is super hot and probably raking in the dough from her somewhat decent activewear line. Some people have just started thinking it’s weird that they post the most Instagram pictures from events they both attend; yet, none of the pictures are of them together i.e. this year’s Met Gala. It’s almost like their publicists are trying super hard to allude to the fact that they are together yet totally not together (as far as you know, wink wink) and that’s the secret fun part. It’s not really a secret; it’s a thinly veiled stunt.
Example Four: Gay-baiting
E! News reports that Jonas is somehow an LGBT icon now. Really? I mean, the dude is on the cover of the June/July 2016 issue of OUT Magazine in which he denies he is using the LGBT community to gain more fame. Jonas says he has done a lot of work in the LGBT community and even played some gay roles. That all may be true, and if it was someone else I’d probably think that was pretty altruistic and it would make him a good dude. But just because you’re chill with the gay community and have some gay friends doesn’t mean that you aren’t reveling in the added fame it brings you. Two birds, right? During his Carpool Karaoke ride he even admits to performing at a gay club and being chained up. You can’t pretend like you did that just for fun and not for the attention, Nick.