According to the gospel of Beyoncé, if you like it, then you’d better put a ring on it. That’s exactly what one 30-year-old man in Atlanta is trying to do — with the solicited help of a few friends, family members, and Internet strangers, that is.
Last week, William Oliver of Atlanta launched a GoFundMe page in an attempt to raise a whopping $15,000 for an engagement ring to give to his girlfriend, Alexandra. The old adage says that a man should spend three months’ salary on an engagement ring — which is typically interpreted as your personal salary, not that of you and all your friends combined.
Oliver figured that crowdfunding the big rock would be a great way to, uh, “let everybody who loves us show us.”
The social faux pas at play here seem to be utterly lost on this guy. Crowdfunding is a great resource for helping loved ones with emergency medical expenses or launching a new start-up company or gadget — which is not to say that people haven’t used it for weird wants like making a potato salad or buying a Chipotle burrito.
While Oliver’s enthusiasm for popping the question to his bae is cute and all, his campaign description reads like he might just be trying to one-up Alexandra on the cuteness factor.
“She had a really innovative way to show her appreciation by purchasing 30 gifts for my 30th birthday,” he wrote. “So I need a more innovative way to show my appreciation while incorporating friends and family.”
“In 2017 I have started to realize that teamwork makes our dreams work,” he continued. “After my 30th Birthday, I’ve received a lot of excitement about it being time to marry her! I couldn’t agree more.”
So instead of sticking to his own financial resources for the ring, he’s asked the Internet to provide.
“I’ve decided to get some help by making this a trending approach,” Oliver wrote. “This will raise awareness about the difference between the love we share and the love people have for us. Money for the engagement is your chance to get involved. I’ve heard everything from ‘I Love Yall’ to ‘You need to put a Ring On It’ etc etc.”
At least one part of his plan is working. The page has been shared over 15,000 times at this point, which means that if each person who shared donated just one dollar, the ring could be bought and paid for.
However, the Internet remains a cruel and fickle place: the funding itself remains stalled at a measly $609.
At least that hasn’t stopped Oliver from popping the question: In a recent video update on the campaign page, he gets down on one knee, and she says yes — with a big ol’ diamond on her finger to boot. Either this guy wised up and broke out the Visa, or there’s going to be an oversized donation hat passed around at the engagement party.