05 August 2008

I remember when smoking Parliaments meant something

Another condemnation of hipster fashion is neither necessary nor gratifying, but this one from Adbusters is worth a mention if only for its hilarious self-righteousness. This comment especially stands out as pure genius:

"The American Apparel V-neck shirt, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and Parliament cigarettes are symbols and icons of working or revolutionary classes that have been appropriated by hipsterdom and drained of meaning."

This sprightly burst of malevolence reads like the tortured scribblings of the angry high school misfit. The one who's just realized the football team's quarterback also likes-- I don't know, My Chemical Romance or something. It would work well enough as a joke until you realize someone put their time and energy into creating it.

I suppose all the perennial adolescents over at Adbusters could be similarly described. These are the same self-satisfied idiots whose ideas of stinging critique include selling "no logo" sneakers (whose logo is a black circle) and manipulating advertisements to say bad things about a company. See how that works?

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