Powerpuff Girls and Alcohol X

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Professor Utonium did not create the perfect little girls with the supposedly secret chemical X, so Mojo Jojo can now stop hunting the girls. And the chemical X? There’s no chemical X formula, only alcoholic substances like alcohol X, you silly little girls.

If you see Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles happily fighting the monsters in Townsville, flying in the air with extraordinary powers and punching them hard in the face, then the people of Townsville should thank alcohol X. It’s not a normal thing to see Kindergarten-aged girls fighting the bad guys except if you happen to see the perfect girls of Townsville punching the bastards.

Supposed that there’s really such a stupid thing as alcohol X, then I have two points: our pop culture loves the Powerpuff Girls and clearly, we all love alcohol. Alcohol manufacturers are earning billions by producing bottles of alcohol. Almost everybody loves to get drunk, drink some more and get drunk again- the competitive world of alcohol consumerism.

If Edgar Allan Poe wasn’t into alcohol, would he still become a famous poet of American Literature? If it wasn’t for alcohol, you won’t get the chance to recite Annabel Lee in front of the class. If it wasn’t for alcohol, there would be no Edgar Allan Poe in books. So cheers to all the alcoholics, the alcoholics under alcohol detox, the soon to be alcoholics and the hardcore alcoholics who should be in jail now.

Forget about the Powerpuff girls. They’re not alcoholics, they’re supposed to be perfect little girls remember? It’s all sugar, spice and everything nice, not some alcohol. I’m such a big liar that’s why don’t believe everything that I say. Sorry Craig McCracken.

Labeling the Underground Scene

Underground bands are called “underground” in the sense they are under the ground, unexposed from the spotlights of pop culture. But until when can a band remain “underground “when the popular culture is pulling it out underneath.

The punks used to hate the mainstream culture. In fact, Greenday and some underground bands (Greenday now belongs to pop culture, after involving in their so called movement, what a smart way to be popular) had a movement against record companies, refusing to recognize pop culture influenced by their strong belief that such companies tend to change their music’s soul only for every businessman’s motivation to sell. Let’s face it, majority of the bands today exist not only because they want to play good music but they also want to earn good money.

Now Greenday is one of the most popular bands in the music industry. There was a change in the lyrics of Greenday in the band’s record company’s effort to easily sell more records. So much about all those angry screams not be “labeled”. Sooner, every underground band will rise from the ground and be “labeled”.

Rehabilitating Pop Culture

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When rockstars scream sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, everyone then made their conclusion: rockstars are drug users. When they heard about guys in dreadlocks, they then believe all guys in dreadlocks are smoking weed. With such false conclusions, why not be fair and suspect everybody a drug user?

Here are two fair judgments: 1. not all rockstars are drug users (though 70-90% of them do use drugs); 2. not all guys in dreadlocks are drugs users either (well actually 80% of them really smoke weed). Here is one good explanation why I don’t blame you for your unfair judgment: You’re just too trapped with the popular idea that popular culture is dependent on drugs.

Everyone can be a victim of drugs, even your favorite celebrities just like Lindsay Lohan. In fact, I think 50% of her popularity comes from going in and out of rehab. Well, don’t be surprised, celebrities are paying big money for their drug rehabilitation and then expect them to be back after a couple of months. When they’re not making movies or recording albums, they’re probably spending a lot of time in rehabilitation centers for drug detox.

While the third world countries are promoting birth control pills and fighting freedom over their leaders, the thirty something, the twenty something and the below twenty something have one strong voice- to legalize marijuana (though in some countries, marijuana is just a non addictive weed so it’s not illegal). When people heard about the Rastafari movement, 60% of them are convinced that marijuana should be legal. In the Philippines, there are more marijuana plantations than banana and rice plantations. What a cool country to plant and smoke weed.

Drug abuse has always been a part of popular culture. The generation X or the baby boomers enjoyed the wild days of Rolling Stones and The Beatles. The members of The Rolling Stones were actually accused of being a bad influence to their public audience for producing songs promoting sex, violence and drugs. The Beatles also received negative criticisms from the older audience when they released their song entitled “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” which was interpreted and abbreviated by critics as LSD. If not sex, pop culture is definitely about drugs.

Of course as a law abiding citizen I say pop culture should not be dependent on drugs. But the ironic thing is that songs, movies and books are popular because they revolve in one universal theme: DRUGS. If Eric Clapton’s “Cocaine” was a hit, then thanks to drugs. If The Goodfellas has a good story, then thanks to drugs. If love lines such as “you’re my perfect drug”, “I’m addicted to you” and “you make me feel so high” are in every card or love note, then thanks to drugs. If drug rehabilitation centers exist, then thanks to drugs. Well, I say hooray for the paraphernalia, for the bongs and the not-so-hygienic needles!

Seriously, drug abuse is still a criminal offense. That’s why rehabilitation institutions and online sites promote drug detox for the users and for the society to slowly withdraw from drugs and eventually rehabilitate our pop culture.

Britney Spears is Pop Culture

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Once upon a time, you wish you had blonde hair. You wished you can dance and sing. You wished you’ll look good in ponytail. You wished you’ll look nice pretty and sweet like those normal blonde dolls. Well, like every other girls eight or seven years ago, you wished you were BRITNEY SPEARS.

Pop culture.  That’s how I define Britney Spears.  Pop culture is Britney Spears because little girls already created a community, a fan club, well, CULTURE. While others see pop culture as a form of corruption, other people are quite happy about it. Just imagine the rise of consumerism the time the not-so-sweet- anymore Britney Spears hit the market. The thing is, I am trapped in Britney and pop culture. High culture is out of the picture. They can entertain me for a few minutes and bore me for the rest of my life.

Well, Britney Spears just defined what pop culture is.

Update:

Britney Spears will be performing in Las Vegas this December 2013