Despite my advanced age, I am pretty proud of the fact that I manage, more or less, to keep up-to-date on the pop cultural zeitgeist. It’s my job, I have to! So while my friends with straight jobs can easily discuss topics such as the future of Medicare, I’m more likely to have something intelligent to say about about Future’s baby momma drama. That makes me the go-to person when my friends have questions about pop culture topics that cross over into their adult lives. And this often leaves me having to first assess their baseline knowledge before diving into the topic, and then drilling down.
A good example of this came up the other night, somebody asked me why they noticed an uptick in the number of times they heard their millennial coworker using the phrase “Thank you, next”. “Oh”, I said, “they’re probably referencing an Ariana Grande song that’s very popular right now”. Of course, that led to “who?”, which led to “that chick who got groped at Aretha Franklin’s funeral”, which led to me trying to explain what the song was about, which led to me attempting to summarize Ariana’s romance with Pete Davidson “you know, the funny looking one from Saturday Night Live”, and pretty soon that person’s eyes glazed over and I found myself trying to tell them to watch this parody video for “thank u, next” only it’s Black Panther singing about that time Thanos turned all the Avengers into dust. And when they said “you mean that comic book movie?” I simply stood up, said my goodbyes, and jumped out the window. It was my fault, after all. I took it too far.
But you, Dear Reader, know what I’m talking about don’t you? Maybe you will appreciate this amalgamation of several current popular trends. Here’s YouTuber Azerrz, as Black Panther, doing a song called “This is Wakanda”, the tune of “thank u, next”, recounting the events of The Avengers: Infinity War, with a nod to Donald Glover’s Childish Gambino in “This Is America”. You follow, right? If not, I’ll see myself out (another window).
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