Pop Culture: Everything Major That Went Down This Year
It’s 2017 in review (the pop culture edition)
This year was peppered with record-breakers, viral media, events people talked about for weeks and movements that forever changed the course of history. It was the year of women empowerment, Unicorn Frappuccinos, fidget spinners and “Despacito." We saw the rise of bitcoin and the return of Stranger Things. We celebrated victories as well as mourned several losses.
Indeed, in the worlds of music, television, sports, movies, fashion and literature, 2017 was a jam-packed year. Before moving on to the next one, let’s take a look at the pop culture moments that made the year what it was: pretty damn remarkable. Keep scrolling for our Pop Culture Recap: Everything Major That Went Down This Year!
Amazing films premiered all year round.
Now that was awkward: Dunaway and Beatty, the presenters of the award, were apparently given the wrong category envelope and announced La La Land as the Best Picture by mistake.
Rihanna basically owned the entire year.
Highlights: being named Humanitarian of the Year by Harvard University, collaborating with DJ Khaled on the bop of the summer “Wild Thoughts," filming Ocean’s 8 with seven other kick-ass women, slaying at the 2017 Met Gala in Comme des Garçons and launching Fenty Beauty.
“Despacito” overtook Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” as the most viewed music video on YouTube.
To date, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” has 3,289,061,429 views followed by PSY’s “Gangnam style” at 3,025,528,494 and Justin Bieber's “Sorry” at 2,852,839,495.
Celebrities put their platforms to good use by raising awareness on mental health issues.
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Maine Mendoza, Alden Richards, Ryan Agoncillo, Lauren Young, Jodi Sta. Maria, Kylie Versoza, Nadine Lustre and Jasmine Curtis-Smith are just some of the big names that took to social media this year to discuss mental health issues like depression. Eat Bulaga host Joey de Leon concurrently proved that he is sadly a misinformed celebrity whose brand of comedy hasn’t evolved in the last two decades.
Graphic novel and comic book fans saw their favorites take over the big screen.
Highlights: Thor: Ragnarok, Logan, Justice League, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The world witnessed the most adorable interview crasher in the history of BBC News.
“BBC Dad” Professor Robert Kelly’s kids, Marion and James, stolel the spotlight when they walk in on his web interview. Naturally, memes on the internet followed.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement.
Photos: Alexi Lubomirski
Breaking royal tradition, Kensington Palace announced in November that Prince Harry will wed American actress Meghan Markle next year. The couple will marry on May 19 in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, west of London.
Kendall Jenner starred in this tone-deaf ad by Pepsi.
During the critical period for the #BlackLivesMatter movement (also at the height of police brutality in the United States), Pepsi decided that perhaps all it takes to end a protest is a privileged white model and a can of their soda.
Kris Aquino taught the internet the art of the tita of Manila clapback (and that she’s still the queen of PR stunts).
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Following a snarky comment on her Instagram, ultimate tita of Mainla Kris Aquino offered back a sick burn that later turned into a successful campaign for Chowking.
Taylor Swift ended her hiatus with a rebrand, a new single and a new album announcement.
“’Look What You Made Me Do" is Taylor Swift’s dark, electro-pop instant-hit that has diss track written all over it. The reactions to the official audio released on August 25 were varied. Lyrics like ‘I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined’ made it appear as though Taylor’s new single was just a new take on an old, predictable theme: vindication. Fans however were stoked to get new material from Taylor after a three-year wait, calling #LWYMMD the diss track to end all diss tracks.” Read more: Taylor Swift's New Single Is Out And We Are Shookt AF.
Kanye West ushered in a new era in his career as a fashion designer.
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Known for leaving it to theatrics to speak for his brand (rather than letting the clothes themselves do it), Kanye West took the mellow, more thoughtful route in 2017. And it paid off. A stark contrast from his first few collections, Yeezy Season 5 was met with approval. To start, this collection introduced actually attractive utilitarian staples: shearling jackets, camo, denim and sportswear separates. There was not a leotard, shredded t-shirt or monochromatic hobo-chic ensemble from Season 1 in sight.
Later in the year, West and his beauty mogul wife Kim Kardashian-West introduced Yeezy Season 6 to the public through the ingenious stunt in the photos above: paparazzi snaps that double as the official Yeezy Season 6 look book.
Australia got on the right side of history and legalized same-sex marriage.
“This belongs to us all,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “This is Australia: fair, diverse, loving and filled with respect. For every one of us this is a great day.” This piece of legislation makes Australia the 24th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
On-again-off-again couple Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber rekindled their relationship.
In a candid interview with Billboard last month, Selena Gomez opened up about her breakup with The Weeknd, her battle with lupus and of course, Justin Bieber. “I’m 25. I’m not 18, or 19, or 20. I cherish people who have really impacted my life. So maybe before, it could have been forcing something that wasn't right. But that doesn't mean caring for someone ever goes away,” said Gomez. “And [that goes for] people in general. I mean, I grew up with Demi [Lovato]. Nick and Joe [Jonas] and Miley [Cyrus] -- we’ve gone through seasons in our lives. I don’t think it’s as serious as people make things out to be half the time. It’s just my life. I grew up with all of these people, and it’s so cool to see where everybody is. It comes back to the idea of me remaining full. I think a true representation of love is beyond just yourself.”
Wonder Woman killed it at the box office and proved entertainment is pretty kickass and equally tasteful in the hands of women.
“The origin story of Wonder Woman has never been showcased on the big screen before. That’s a lot of pressure on its own and it was only made heavier by the doubts raised earlier. But the story was well executed and the characters were relatable and compelling. Nothing felt rushed and the audience is well acquainted with each individual without one overpowering their co-stars too much.” Read more: Why Wonder Woman Is Living Up To All The Hype.
New video game releases in 2017 were nothing short of exciting.
Highlights: Destiny 2, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Resident Evil 7, NBA 2k18 and Hidden Folks.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi raked in $516.4 million.
“On December 13, Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiered in Philippine cinemas. Lines were long, smiles were wide and the costumes were definitely on-point. The excitement almost felt tangible as every fan and soon-to-be-fan patiently yet eagerly waited for the doors to open. And that feeling—that mix of high expectations, respect for history and hope for the future—didn’t drop until hours after the ending credits rolled.” Read more: The Biggest Things We Learned From Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Women stood up together against sexual predators like Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump.
To cap off the year, TIME Magazine named “The Silence Breakers” their Person of the Year, dedicating the issue to “the thousands of people across the world who have come forward with their experiences of sexual harassment and assault.”
Welcome to the post-Weinstein era…where the purge of various industries is only just beginning.
In between these major headlines, let’s also not forget: the premiere of Beauty and the Beast, Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester Benefit, the Ateneo Blue Eagles facing off with their rivals the La Salle Green Archers, Apple’s iPhone X launch and Cristiano Ronaldo winning his 5th FIFA Ballon d’Or (among many other noteworthy events).
Just reviewing 2017, we can already tell that 2018 is going to be another interesting year. Buckle up, everyone. The New Year is now only nine days away!
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