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Promposals: a cool teen trend where kids come up with flashy, public ways to ask each other to fingerbang and drink vodka from covert flasks on a crowded dance floor. Sometimes they go according to plan, and sometimes they very much do not.
Bear witness to an exercise in performative humiliation that went down at Park Ridge High School last month, when a boy teen did not realize the girl teen he was asking out in front of 2,000 people already had a date. Whoops.
The promposer, one Patrick Smith, seems to be taking the rejection in stride despite social media suggestions that he might want to get suicide counseling or finish school online. He’s now added “rejection-famous” to his Twitter bio.
Smith went on to prompose to another girl—by holding up a sign outside her house—and they’re now planning to go together.
People seem less concerned with the promposee’s equally real embarrassment, but PRHS cheerleader Jen Malespina seems pretty sanguine about being put on the spot in front of frickin’ everybody. She’s retweeting articles about the incident and generally just playing it cool on the beach because it’s summer and fuck homework.
How did any of us ever survive high school?