I just realized something about my blog lately and I feel the need to clear the air a bit. It’s been really cynical and hateful and hasn’t exactly reflected my fun loving, pocket full of sunshine self. Haha okay maybe I’m no Mary Poppins but I’m not quite as hateful towards pop culture as I have made myself out to be lately. Infact, I’m a pop culture fanatic. I am pop culture baby.
I came out of the womb and practically started dancing to Wham, wearing flamboyant yet trendy colours, turned on the TV and started watching The Facts of Life.
Whether I criticize a show or not I have a general appreciation for all of our culture’s finest creations. While I do mock shows like Rock of Love and dis America’s latest home girl Leona Lewis, I still have a general appreciation for the creativity in it all. Reality television is now a permanent fixture in the world of television and I certainly can’t say I’ve ever had a hit song on the top of the charts. Leona 1- Leeran-0
I want to now take this time to stop bashing my beloved pop culture and start showing a little appreciation by talking about some of my favourite guilty pleasures of our time.
-The Real World- This show has and will always be my favourite reality television show. Incase you didn’t know this is the show that started the Reality TV genre and while it continues to get trashier and more outrageous you can’t say its producers weren’t innovative in beginning a new niche in television. This season in Hollywood is completely “off the chain”. I once told my friend Ash that I would love to meet someone from the Real World more than a celebrity. It turns out that I actually saw Evan from The Gauntlet (it isn’t the Real World but it’s sort of the same deal) at a bar in London one time and I totally chickened out from talking to him. Totally blew it. Anyways, congratulations Real World producers I’m hooked on your show for life.
-M.I.A- This chick rocks. From being on MTV Canada’s latest socially conscious show Get Real to creating what I believe is a new sound of music, M.I.A seems to have blown up Internationally and in the world of Leeran. With hit songs like Paper Planes and Boyz M.I.A is an artist that has lasting power Internationally and particularly on a North American playing field.
-Death Cab for Cutie- Just when I thought they couldn’t knock my socks off anymore, they go ahead and come out with an even better album then their former one. I still listen to their hit track Soul Meets Body but now their latest single Possess your Heart has my vote. Love these guys. Might just have to purchase the album. No piracy on this one.
-One Tree Hill- I just started watching this show because I seem to have more time on my hands lately and I never wanted to get into this show because it seemed too intense to just watch occasionally. I must say I was right about that. This show keeps me on the edge of my seat or wanting to cry my eyes out in every single show. It’s one of those shows that you get emotionally invested in and keep watching because you just NEEEED to know what is going to happen in the next episode. I used to hate Chad Michael Michaels or whatever the shit his name is (okay okay it’s Chad Michael Murray) but he now has a small place reserved in my heart for playing Lucas the soulful writer and accomplished basketball player.
-Gossip Girl- XOXO….THIS SHOW! Why I didn’t put this at the top of my list is beyond me. I just read a sweet article on this show in Nylon magazine and it really made me appreciate the show that much more. Did you know they model the show after Marie Antoinette and that era, particularly the class structures. The plot lines are heavy but not to the point where the show will pull an “OC” and get cancelled after killing its main character. Everything from the setting of the show to the intricate and flashy fashions are brilliant!
-How I Met Your Mother- I think this show slides under most people’s radar. It doesn’t get nearly enough praise. It must be doing something right though because it’s been going on for 3 seasons now… I think 3?? Former child star also famous for his role as Doogie Howser MD, Neil Patrick Harris steals the show on this one, womanizing constantly and even creates his own language. If you haven’t seen this show before check it out. Let me know what you think!
-RAYMI aka http://www.raymitheminx.com- This blog is by far one of the most interesting ones I have ever read. It’s a simple concept but such an honest and thought provoking method of blogging. Raymi aka Lauren White truly puts herself out there and keeps her audience up to par with her daily tasks. I admire her style because it’s not something many of us could do. It’s a blog worth checking out.
That’s all for now but I’m going to make this more of a regular deal. I do enjoy hating on bad pop culture more than anyone but it’s time I showed some appreciation.
One love. Leeran out.