Grace O'Malley, Lexi Ravetto, & Darren Battle Now that the 2017 is finally here, let's reflect on the things that we didn't like in the past year. Ranging from dance moves to music, here is the list of 8 things that we need to leave in the year 2016.
8. PokémonGo Even though the app was the talk of the summer, it’s time to delete the game off of our phones. On one hand, the game helped us cope with the nostalgia of our childhood; on the other hand, it led to many accidents and even deaths. In 2016, there have been 12 deaths and 53 injuries that were involved with the game, ranging from distracted driving to being shot in a park. Let’s just hope that a new game becomes popular in 2017 that won’t have the same harmful effects on its players as this app did. PokémonGo, please go away.
7. “Closer” by The Chainsmokers Due to the excessive amount of times the song was played in all social settings, about 700 million times, we all secretly hope that we will never hear the song “Closer” again. In only a week after the song debuted, it surpassed about 106,000 downloads and climbed to the top of the Billboards Hot 100. It quickly became the song of the summer and was played repeatedly on all radio stations and parties. However, after the summer ended, the fun and enjoyment that came with the tune disappeared, and it’s now just really annoying TBH. Ok, let’s just admit that “Closer” was good while it lasted, but we should put it to rest until another song takes its place at the top.
6. “Relationship Goals” The hashtag ‘relationship goals’ is very popular on Twitter, and sometimes garners thousands of retweets and likes. When people say this, it essentially means that they are envious of a specific relationship that is displayed publicly. Saying ‘relationship goals’ not only sets an unrealistic expectation for you and your significant other, but it also alters your perception on what a healthy relationship is supposed to be like. In the end, it might be fun to browse through social media and see couples living an extravagant life while traveling the world or what not, but every relationship is different, and there should not be a commonality in every single relationship.
5. Glamorizing Mental Illness Our society has created a distorted image of mental health, and illnesses have transformed into an aesthetic for young adults. Instead of romanticizing depression, OCD, and anxiety disorders, we should be looking at them for what they truly are: an illness, not a trend. For example, the clothing brand Urban Outfitters used to have shirts that said “Eat Less” and “Depression”, making someone's else pain into a fashion trend. People also on social media often portray themselves as if they have a mental disorder, in which they don’t, and create a false representation of people who actually suffer from the illness. Juan Restrepo agrees, and says, “ It’s rude when people don’t actually have a mental illness but act like they do on social media. I don’t feel bad for them.” It doesn’t make you cool to fake someone else’s struggles.
4. Blaming Artie for All School Conflicts Whenever the ground is covered with snow and school is not canceled, there is always one person to blame. The students put their anger and frustration towards Board of Education member, Artie Kassimis, who often alerts Norwalk residents via Twitter about whether there is a snow day or not. Venting through the social media app won’t solve anything except garnering retweets and likes. As Luke Valdez - Rodriguez (’17) stated: “Nobody knows him and he doesn’t have a say in school decisions.” In reality, Dr. Costanzo, the Chief of School Operations, is the one who crushes your dreams of a school cancellation due to inclement weather. Let’s try in 2017 to not shoot the messenger, Artie Kassimis.
3. Dabbing A “dance move” that resembles sneezing into your arm is not getting you style points. Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton gained online popularity for dabbing whenever he scored, and Migos’ song titled ‘Look at my Dab’, which peaked at number 87 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In recent news, a 17-year old dabbed while his father was being sworn into Congress by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was very confused about what the kid was doing, and asked if he was sneezing. This goes to show how out of hand this trend is becoming, and now it is just overused and annoying. Don't be the kid that dabs in 2017!
2. Using “Gay” as an Insult The word “gay” has evolved from a word that means ‘lighthearted’ and ‘carefree’, to a way for people to express their identity. For years, people have suffered physical and verbal abuse based on their sexual orientation and has thankfully now been more accepted in today's society, especially when the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is legal. However, the term is still used to express that something isn’t appealing or that it is vulnerable. Robbie Thomson (‘17) says that “It’s offensive, and I would never use it as an insult.” It isn’t funny...so stop.
1. Cultural Appropriation We shouldn't use other people's cultural traditions/religions to use at our own pleasure since it’s not ours to take. Wearing a sexy Pocahontas Halloween costume or a bindi to fit the desired festival attire should not be the ‘norm’ of today's society. It may be difficult to completely prevent people from appropriating other cultures, but it is still important to gain awareness of others since people have fought and died to preserve their culture. Embracing other cultures does not necessarly mean we can take it and make it our own.
This year let's make it our resolution to not live in the past of 2016 and experience a great year. Let's instead create new cultures and trends this year, and be able to be proud with not doing the same old annoying things.