“Cool things” in our culture sometimes have that pivotal moment when they become, well, not so cool.
Like when white guys started calling other white guys “bro”.
Or back in the 60’s, when dads starting using the word “groovy”.
(Come to think of it, dads and white guys, in general, tend to make things not so cool.)
Then there are things that have gradually lost their coolness, but an event triggers the epiphany. During the Super Bowl Halftime Show, Lady Gaga ended her performance with a mic drop. In fact, it was more of a mic throw down! But as I watched it, I realized, mic drops just aren’t that cool anymore.
I can still remember the first time I saw a mic drop; I thought it was the raddest thing ever. (I know, “rad” isn’t cool anymore either, but I’m a white dad, so…). It was the late 90’s and Pearl Jam was on tour. I was fortunate enough to catch one of the shows where Iggy Pop was the opening act. Iggy comes out and does his thing (and he did it well), and ended his set by yelling, “Good the [expletive] night!” and then BOOM; he threw the mic to the ground! It was freaking awesome!
But now? Mic drops? Meh. It’s way over done, and quite frankly, by some pretty uncool people. When you do a Google image search for “mic drop”, there are several images of President Obama and Bryan Cranston. Now as far as Presidents go, Obama is probably as cool as they get. But let’s face it, being the coolest President is like being the sweetest smelling pig in the pen. The bar isn’t exactly set that high. And Cranston? Even before Walter White, I was a fan. I loved Tim Whatley, the dentist turned Jewish dentist just so he could tell Jewish jokes (See Seinfeld). But Cranston is an old white guy; a non punk rock old white guy.
I know what you’re thinking, “You’re just an old white dad. You don’t know anything about what is cool and not cool.”
Exactly. *mic drop
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