Pop Culture Trends I’m Unthankful For
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessings in life we’re appreciative for. But what about the things we’re not thankful for, the things we wish would go on an extended hiatus and never come back? In 2011, celebrity news was overrun with trends that should simply disappear, and this is exactly why…
Thanks to LMFAO and one ”sexy” music video, a disturbing fashion statement has suddenly become mainstream: Dudes stuffing their junk into a pair of leggings. Newsflash. Leggings are not a substitute for pants. And, gentlemen, if the “pants” you’re wearing are so tight that the outline of your you-know-what is clearly visible, it’s time to invest in a pair of jeans. Nobody wants to see your lower half squeezed into leggings of any kind, and just because they’re zebra print doesn’t make it acceptable. You look like an idiot. Somebody please stop the male leggings epidemic from spreading before LMFAO turns my peers into a generation of sex offenders! The only place leggings belong are in a dance class so unless you’re practicing plies and pirouettes, do society a favor and put some real clothes on.
2. Over-Hyped Weddings
The hyped up weddings of Will & Kate, Kim & Kris, and even the fictional union of Twilight characters Bella & Edward proved that celebrity obsession is not just a problem in America. When it comes to celebrities walking down the aisle, it’s official…The whole world is out of control. Over-zealous media coverage on every inane detail from the toilet paper used in the venue, to the price of custom-made napkin holders were suddenly deemed “important news.” But don’t blame the celebs, they’re just living out their dreams of a white wedding while the rest of us waste our time watching it happen. A concept we’re finally starting to grasp after eagerly tuning into E!’s 2-day Kardashian wedding special, only to hear news of the pending divorce just a few weeks after. The lesson learned? Even an extravagant wedding isn’t always what it seems.
3. TV Talent Competitions Overkill
As if American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, and America’s Got Talent weren’t enough, two new reality talent competitions, The Voice and the X-Factor, were added to the roster in 2011. It’s enough to make one wonder, are there even that many talented people in this country? Furthermore, do we really need more TV talent competitions when runners-up and winners alike fade into obscurity soon after the season finale? The answer is no.
4. Celebrity Sex/Cheating Scandals
Ashton Kutcher. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Even Justin Bieber? Sex scandals have become a growing trend in the celebrity world, much to every famous man-whore’s dismay. In an age where TMZ pushes out stories like Nadya Suleman pushes newborns through her birth canal, it’s virtually impossible for celebs to have clandestine affairs. Ironically, while the gossip blogs get more savvy, celebs don’t seem to be getting any wiser. Calling all celebrities: When in doubt, refrain from participating in sex tapes, impromptu nude photoshoots, and sexting pictures of your wang to a stranger. Better safe than sorry.