Incessant Twitter updates, an unparalleled knowledge of celebrity culture, a commitment to reality television that makes you the perfect co-host for any entertainment broadcast and the ability to spot a phenomenon of the musical, literary, television or film variety before the general public are integral characteristics of your personality. You are like the Ryan Seacrest of your social network – if something is happening in Hollywood, you know about it. Awards shows are national holidays in your house. Day-to-day conversation consists of the latest app, newest food or fashion craze (you were addicted to fro-yo long before anyone was calling it that), most swooned after boy band or summer festival headliner and the latest up-and-coming social movements. Someone should call network television and give them the heads up that you are the new culture queen. Here are the six signs that prove pop culture rules your life…
You are actually offended when one of your friends doesn’t know what happened on Glee last night.
Except this general annoyance with the entertainment oblivious isn’t limited to Glee or those people lucky enough to call you their friend. It is pretty much an unwritten rule that you expect anyone with a pulse that comes in contact with you to know who got voted off what shows, laugh when you quote that hilarious joke from Modern Family and completely understand when you parallel your latest relationship to something that happened with Nick and Jess or Jim and Pam. You can also name more members of the Kardashian Klan than former presidents and have voted for more contestants on The Voice than you have for political candidates over the years. Needless to say, your reality television line-up takes commitment (especially after squeezing The Rachel Zoe Project back into the schedule) and you even became borderline concerned when you added Married To Jonas and What Would Ryan Lochte Do? to your repertoire. We all understand a little old school Jonas Brothers allegiance, but Mr. Lochte is the trainwreck you just can’t turn away from. Thank god for DVR or it would be impossible to keep up.
You consider E! News the real news and you get all other ancillary information required for adult conversation from twitter or The Today Show, to which you show favoritism mainly because you love the fourth hour with Hoda and Kathie Lee.
You also consider the E! Red Carpet Series to be investigative journalism at its finest. In all reality, 95% of the accounts you follow on social media are some extension of the television shows you watch, celebrities you feel you relate to or endless magazine subscriptions you insist on keeping; your coffee table is beginning to resemble the waiting room in a doctor’s office. You do follow the traditional news outlets though. After all, they are always the first to report on the happenings at The White House and Beyoncé has been known to sing there!
Your vanity, closet and cupboards are filled with brands built up by Hollywood’s Hot 100.
Seriously, you are the reason that marketers spend billions of dollars every year on famous representation. Shampoo? L’Oreal, duh! Lea Michele easily convinced you that you could have hair like hers. Your water is probably of the smart variety (who doesn’t want their H20 to make them look like Jennifer Aniston), Pepsi and Coke are in a major battle for your purchase with Queen B and Taylor Swift in their respective corner’s and you recently bought a pair (maybe a couple pairs) of Keds, a shoe you haven’t looked twice at since second grade, all because of Miss Swift’s glowing recommendation. This is just the tip of the Hollywood heist over our everyday consumables, but it is safe to say that if it is celebrity endorsed, you are a sucker for testing it out at least once.
Harry Potter. Twilight. The Hunger Games. If there was a book series turned big time box office hit in the last ten years you have been sucked in and it has legitimately affected your life.
You read all the books so quickly and intently that you often turned down all social interaction until you were done. You saw every movie at least once and waited in line for the midnight showing of said films more times than you care to admit. Lastly, you have fully committed to a “house,” a “team” or a “district” and have not been afraid to show it (just admit it, you own or have considered making one of those t-shirts). In fact, it may be difficult for you to think of the last book you read that did not result in the newest set of young Hollywood starlets being born.
You are currently sporting a hairstyle inspired by a sitcom star.
This is also probably not a new thing for you. For a good part of the early 2000s your hair style changed with each passing season of Friends. Your locks were long and flat ironed into submission before you sported the severe angled bob but, no matter the styling, your look was always referred to as “The Rachel.” Nowadays, you may be rocking heavy, jet black bangs, the unmistakable copycat of our very own Zooey Deschanel, or perhaps the extremist in you followed Miley down the rabbit hole, cutting off all your hair to rock the bleach blonde rebel look. Whether you’ve revived those angular locks thanks to Guiliana Rancic’s latest cut or tested the color spectrum in the name of Emma Stone, you never head to the salon without a readily accessible photo of your latest Hollywood hair icon. Hey, inspiration has to come from somewhere and when you look back 20 years from now, you can blame anything gone awry on pop culture.
You have become quite the philanthropist and social pioneer.
Pop culture isn’t all vanity and entertainment, right?! There are a great deal of cultural phenomenons that don’t involve a reality television series, but rather highlight celebrities using their star power to make positive social change. Your obsessions with pop culture have led to your belief in and support of marriage equality through organizations like NOH8 and The Ally Coalition, commitment to cancer research through Stand Up To Cancer and St. Jude’s Hospital campaigns and active backing of anti-bullying through It Gets Better and Stand Together. For that, I say you rock on with your pop culture loving self.
If there was a seventh sign, it would be that you bothered to read this article at all, solely on the basis that the words “pop culture” appeared in the title. You also probably spend hours on this very site because you so easily get sucked in (don’t we all!), resulting in a time warp of article after related article more difficult to tear yourself away from than a Sunday afternoon marathon of The Hills on MTV. It’s okay though, we here at HelloGiggles are particularly thankful that you love all things pop culture because we obviously like to consider ourselves experts in the area as well. So, you have a very strict morning routine that consists of hitting the snooze once and then immediately checking your Twitter, email, Facebook, tumblr and Instagram… in that exact order? It’s completely understandable; a great deal of things have been known to happen overnight! Ladies, I say keep on keepin’ on, soak it all in and long may you reign as pop culture queen! Perhaps we should all just make it a point to turn on a little nightly news once in a while; you know, for good measure.
What are your favorite pop culture obsessions of the moment? I want to know! I can’t find myself missing out on anything important and it isn’t possible to cover everything in one article so, go ahead…hit me with some culture!