What’s Hot (and Not) In 2009: Part Two

I know, I promised to do a new post yesterday, but it’s still the holidays and on holidays, my computer is on a timeshare with mom, and my mom is on a blog-fever so let’s just say what mommy wants, mommy gets.

Anyway, let’s just continue our Hot and Not list. I’ve listed the Hot in my previous post, now it’s time for the Not.

Are you ready? Let’s dig in.

The Notties:

1/ Overexposed slutty celebrities.

Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox

Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox

I know the guys may protest – but I don’t really care. These overexposed slutty celebrities are so over, and I’m not the only one sick of them in 2009. Take Paris Hilton for example, after she hooked up with Doug Reinhardt, and broke up, and then hooked up with Cristiano Ronaldo, and broke up, and went back to Doug – her so-called fame starts declining in the speed of light. Sure, she still gets photographed by paparazzi but no one really gives a shit about her anymore. Lindsay Lohan, her one-time BFF, doesn’t exactly fare well in the fame department either this year. She could not get a decent role, the only movie she actually starred in (Labor Pains) got degraded to a TV movie and was gone out of people’s minds in a matter of seconds. Even her lesbian lover Samantha Ronson got sick of her and kicked her sorry ass to the curb, prompting her unintelligible Twitter rant and subsequent breakdown. Now she only gets a hosting gig in Singapore (and to add insult to injury, she only got the gig after a Pussycat Doll backed out at the last minute) instead of six-figures movie deals. Megan Fox on the other hand, got a better fate when Transformers 2: Revenge of The Fallen became another summer hit, but ever since then, her star quickly dimmed – not to mention, her penchant for saying the wrong things during interviews made her the mock of the town. Just a few months after Transformers, her movie Jennifer’s Body bombed in the box office, proving overexposure isn’t good for anyone.

2/ Fur.

Fur Coats: Not So Hot Anymore

Fur Coats: Not So Hot Anymore

I’m not really anti-fur but I’m not pro-fur either. I love animals, but I still eat meat so I don’t want to seem like a hypocrite by criticizing people who wear fur. I don’t wear fur, simply because I live in the tropics, way too hot to wear anything thicker than a thin cardigan, and because furs are generally really expensive and faux fur is way more affordable and just as warm, in my opinion. However, with PETA aggressively campaigning against fur, 2009 is really not the year for furs. Sure, Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour still struts down the streets of Manhattan in a fur coat, but more and more people are switching to faux, with more and more celebrities joining the PETA bandwagon. Their “I’d Rather Be Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign is a success with Karina Smirnoff of Dancing With The Stars fame as their latest spokesperson. Not to mention, most people avoid wearing fur just so they won’t be attacked by PETA – whose members are getting more and more aggressive, throwing anything from flour to red paint – which, let’s face it is a little more than annoying. So this season, put those fur coats back in the closet and just fake it. Faux fabulous, baby.

3/ Kanye West.

Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards 2009

Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards 2009

Oh Kanye. How are the mighty fallen! Okay, let’s face it – he’s no stranger to both controversy and throwing temper tantrums in award shows, but the stunt he pulled at the VMAs turned out to backfire in massive proportion, so much so that Kanye did the one thing he has never done: apologized profusely; using any kind of media that would let him. If you don’t know what he did that got the whole world turned on him, well then you must’ve been living under a rock. Google Kanye West Taylor Swift for more info, because I’m definitely tired of repeating the story. Even after his mea culpa that sounded quite sincere, the general public is still isn’t satisfied. They’re still calling for boycott of everything Kanye, and it looks like Kanye will have to do more than just continually apologizing to be able to get back on the fame wagon.

4/ Techno Music.

A Techno DJ Booth

A Techno DJ Booth

I’m not a big fan of techno music to begin with,  maybe because I’ve never done drugs, not even recreationally (well, except for weed, but then again some people may argue that weeds are not really drugs), but seeing the rise of the new celebrity DJs lately I have to say techno music is definitely no longer the music of choice for clubgoers, aside from those who are into it for the drugs, of course. One of the most revered DJ of the past few years is the late great DJ AM, who never really got into techno to begin with. And newer crop of celebrity DJs like Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte fame, Danny Masterson of That 70s Show fame, Steve Aoki, and of course, Mark Ronson’s little sister who was more famous in the media for her tumultuous relationship with Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson – they don’t really play techno music and opt for the mash up of rock and hip hop, something that was popularized by DJ AM and Mark Ronson in the New York, LA and London club scenes in the last decade or so. I have to say, I am quite relieved that the techno trend pretty much loses its popularity this year. At least this time, I can really enjoy going to clubs instead of getting a headache after half an hour from the same beat that keeps repeating over and over again.

5/ Myspace.

Myspace: So three years ago

Myspace: So three years ago

Ah, the fickle minds of social networking enthusiasts. I remember three years ago I joined Myspace at the height of its popularity and enjoyed the perks of “social networking” in the site for a few months, until I got bored and switched to Facebook. Looks like I wasn’t the only one. By 2008, Facebook’s popularity has reached epic status, with everyone from your average teenager to presidential candidates having a Facebook account. Of course by 2009, Twitter took over the world – which sent Facebook into a defensive mode by launching its own Twitter-like feature: Facebook Lite. But Myspace, like its predecessor Friendster, never really quite managed to gain its former glory. Although it still exists, no one uses it anymore except for musicians as a way to get in touch with their fan base. Even now the musicians have switched to Facebook and Twitter to reach more followers. I have a feeling that once some other Silicon Valley geek creates the newest social networking site, Myspace will finally roll up its carpet and get ready to join Friendster in the “what once was…” department.

So there you go, my list of the five things that are not so hot in 2009. Of course, in a matter of months this list could very well become the “What’s Hot” list, but for now, let’s just assume they’ll stick around for a while and avoid these five things if we want to sound cool.


Binky Bee

2 responses to “What’s Hot (and Not) In 2009: Part Two

  1. hey Binkey, this has nothing to do with your post. but i would like to let you and mom know that i already resigned from FCV (aka DLV). pls contact me via my personal email which is tamtt.le at gmail.com 🙂

    all the best 🙂

  2. Great observation with #5 Binky–myspace appears to be headed for a seat next to the dinosaurs.

    Though it is not there yet, I expect YouTube competitors to send it away forever as well.

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