The constant influx of reboot and revival news from the TV and movie worlds were exciting at first, but now they're just overkill! Since the top of the year, we've received nonstop announcements about the return of Gilmore Girls, Fuller House, the live-action Beauty and the Beast film and dozens more. Okay, those are kind of exciting. But do we really need revivals of The Italian Job, Knight Rider or The Departed? NO ONE ASKED FOR THEM!
Hey entertainment industry, let your 2017 resolution be to learn how to leave a good thing alone.
Facebook is already a place where your elementary crush dreams go to die, but the social media platform got even worse this year thanks to the stream of fake news stories courtesy of money-hungry scammers. It escalated during the presidential election, where Facebook's algorithm couldn't tell if an article about Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump was true or not. Like, what?! It got so bad, in fact, that Mark Zuckerberg had to address the issue. I'm pretty sure the election would've gone a different route if Facebook had gotten their shit together.
CAN WE JUST TAKE TIME TO APPRECIATE ALL THAT KERMIT THE FROG HAS DONE FOR MEMES pic.twitter.com/r0R4w7f54n— Turn Up University (@TURNTUNIVERSlTY) December 12, 2016
From poor Harambe to Pepe to Mr. Krabs and even the somewhat innocent Kermit the Frog, the animal memes were inescapable. Sure, it was fun to laugh at Arthur clenching his fist in anger in a well-placed tweet. Yet the joyride stopped when we saw it for the 157th time.
You ready for this? There was the Running Man challenge, the Mannequin challenge, the #SoGone challenge, the Hot Pepper challenge, the Chuck E. Cheese challenge...the list goes on and on for way too long. People were even turning flipping a basic ass bottle of water into a viral phenomenon! The one good thing to come out of this overhaul of nonsense is Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" finally topping the Billboard Hot 100.
I don't care that Justin Timberlake is now an awesome and devoting father, if "Can't Stop the Feeling!" was his first No. 1 single since 2007 or that he has sunshine in his pocket. The soundtrack song to the Trolls movie is so annoying! Its sugary sweetness will make you want to purge, and JT's overt falsettos will drive you over the edge. And it doesn't help that it plays on the radio every hour on the hour. Let's hope his new music will be a saving grace, because we're honestly still recovering from The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2.
It seems like every year Azealia Banks does something foolish to land herself on some kind of negative year-end list. 2016 was no different for the rapstress, as she once again showed her ass by kicking off the year with throwing subliminal tweets at Rihanna's ANTI album. Then came her announcement of supporting Trump, digging into Iggy Azalea for the umpteenth time, trashing Beyoncé's Lemonade and picking Zayn Malik as her latest victim by calling him racial slurs. At least her Twitter account got suspended (for now).
Okay, as dumb as the idea was, the gentrified Brooklyn rainbow bagel was easy to deal with. Yet people took the colorful food trend way too far when innocent goodies like coffee, pizza, grilled cheese and even a perfectly fine burger got tainted with chemical food dyes. Just make it stop, I beg of you. Or leave it in Williamsburg at least, we don't need this phenomenon crossing the uptown border.
What's worse than a super conservative person? When they happen to also be dumb. Tomi Lahren unfortunately gained a huge footing on social media due to her outrageously ignorant remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement and her white power outlook. We already have Donald Trump going into office soon, we don't need another supremacist celebrity in the spotlight.
Blame this trend on Kim Kardashian, because her massive Kimoji empire led to other celebrities flexing their bandwagon muscle—including some of her family members. Little sister Kylie Jenner, future sister-in-law Blac Chyna, Justin Bieber, Amber Rose, Ansel Elgort, Wiz Khalifa, Future and more have all created emojis based on their likeness. Except for Kim's, all of these emojis look like a grade-school kid drew them during recess. So what's the point, really?
Kanye West has been on a steady decline into the deep end for a few years now, but his mindset proved to be inexplicably darker when he revealed during a concert that while he didn't vote in the election, he would've voted for Donald Trump. To make matters worse, the artist even met with the President-elect to discuss multicultural issues that he says "included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago."
A man who once vigorously rapped about bettering the Black community and understanding our struggles has now flipped around to support the very person who couldn't be more of the opposite of that. Since we can't get rid of Trump before he takes office on Jan. 20, at least we can wean ourselves from West for a while.