Hot Nostalgia: The Early 2000s
You know things are bad when people are looking back fondly on the era of Paris Hilton. But longing for the early Bush years is everywhere right now – in fashion, music, TV and even politics. Here's the evidence:
The post-9/11 era was a heyday for the escapism of teen soaps like Gossip Girl. Now, Riverdale, 13 Reasons Why and other shows are bringing that high school drama back – and adding dark new plot twists.
George W. Bush: Not So Bad?
The post-Trump descent into hell is forcing us to give Dubya a second look. Bush had liberals cheering after a recent speech in which he called bigotry a form of anti-American "blasphemy." Not bad for a war criminal.
The Post-Punk Revival Revival
Great early-'00s postpunk bands like Interpol and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are doing reunion tours, LCD Soundsystem put out one of 2017's best LPs, and, like clockwork, word has it the Strokes are back in the studio.
The Golden Age of Tabloid Trash
Podcasts like Who? Weekly and the blog PopCultureDiedin2009 look back at a time when it was harder for famous people to control their images and Lindsay Lohan calling Paris Hilton a "cunt" was headline news.
Xtina Aguilera: Fashion Goddess
The crop tops, chokers and glitter Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera loved are now favored by Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. Even trucker hats are making a comeback. God help us. B.S.