We had many iconic pop culture moments throughout the year before and during the pandemic. Some of them are not new by any means, but they really affected me in some way shape or form and have brought me some form of sanity. Here are my top 10 pop culture obsessions of 2020:
10. Dude with Sign Instagram
The @dudewithsign Instagram account was established back in 2019 but gained more popularity this year. The guy holding the signs writes the most random stuff on a piece of cardboard, but it is witty and gives you a chuckle.
9. Food Network Channel
I’ve gained more of an appreciation for cooking and being in the kitchen after I started watching Food Network more frequently. I know I sound like everyone else that has been cooking more since being stuck at home. Not only is the Food Network mindless television, it provides inspiration for putting together different dishes and even coming up with some originals. I know the channel has been around for ages, but it’s never too late to improve my cooking skills using what I see.
8. Watching America’s Next Top Model Again
I was a fan of America’s Next Top Modelwhen I was in high school but stopped watching it once I went to college. A thought popped into my head in the beginning of the lockdowns that maybe I should pick up where I left off with the show. I’m so glad I did. This was one of the biggest escapes from reality I had. I decided to watch seasons one through ten once I finished season 22 for a walk down memory lane. It’s amazing the things you catch the second time around watching a show or movie.
7. Drive-In Movies
Pre-pandemic, I would have had to travel over an hour to get to one of a few drive-in movie theaters that existed in the country. Drive-in movies have become more of a thing this year because we can easily distance ourselves from one another while enjoying a movie. I hope this entertainment stays with us after the pandemic ends; I haven’t partaken in going to one during the pandemic, but I would love to soon.
6. Casual Wear
Dressing up wasn’t really a thing this year since we were all pretty much stuck in our houses. Casual wear became cool for one of the only times that I foresee in my lifetime. This made me so excited as I rarely dressed up pre-pandemic unless I went out to a party or just out with friends. Let’s just say I did it before it was cool; call me the casual wear hipster (there’s an oxymoron somewhere in there).
5. Super Bowl 54
This was one of the more nail-biting games within the last five years of Super Bowls. The New England Patriots weren’t a part of it, which most of us were excited about, and it was essentially an underdog story. Philadelphia Eagles fans (like me) were rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs to win since Andy Reid was our head coach for years and had never won a Super Bowl. The win didn’t look promising in the first half of the game, but the Chiefs came back to win it, which made us in the Philadelphia area so happy for Andy Reid’s win.
4. Ricky Gervais Hosting the Golden Globes
Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes back in January and his opening remarks were essentially a roast of everyone in the crowd. Each quip usually ended up with a “I don’t care”, which made it even funnier. Some of the celebrities in the audience cringed at his jokes while others were in stitches. I don’t think any other comedian would have been able to get away with this and would have bombed. However, the fact that Ricky Gervais was able to call out hypocrisy in Hollywood while not caring was hilarious and praiseworthy.
3. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Super Bowl Performance
The news was exciting that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira would be headlining the halftime show for the Super Bowl. If you are familiar with their music, shows, etc., you knew their performance wouldn’t be boring. This is just what a halftime should be: one big party. You could say it was one of the last hurrahs before the world essentially went to sleep. Two strong female superstars headlined one of the most explosive shows of the Super Bowl. We are woman!
2. Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton is a beloved figure in the world of pop culture. Her music transcends decades, and her lovable personality enraptures millions. She became even more lovable this year by donating $1,000,000 to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the Moderna vaccine trials. She makes good music and comes to save the day. Call her SuperDolly.
1. Tiger King
I will admit I didn’t watch Tiger King until about a month after it was released. It didn’t take long watching it to realize the appeal of this docuseries. It had suspense and true crime elements that kept you on the edge of your seat. Joe Exotic and Carole Baskins are among many of the characters (in more ways than one) and their catchphrases are still said by millions: “That Carole Baskin”, “Hey all you cool cats and kittens”. The world will never be the same after the pandemic…or Tiger King.