Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hipsters and the Cute Movement

Brooklyn blogger gives a hipster an award
 
The list below is from Die Hipster.Com, a Brooklyn blog that, as the title suggests, takes a dim view of what it calls hipsters. While this blogger is more of a hater than I am, there's some overlap in our concerns. What he calls out as hipster exhibitionism, I dubbed the Cute Movement here in San Francisco. The points in common: exhibitionism, their apparent belief that they're adorable, and the fixation on bikes. Die Hipster is also understandably concerned about the effects of gentrification:
 
Hipsters have doubled and tripled our rents.
 
Hipsters have jacked up the price of coffee and food.
 
Hipsters over use certain words like: local, organic, sustainable, and urban.
 
Hipsters have filthy facial hair; beards and moustaches belong on certain men, not every last gentrifier that moves to Brooklyn.
 
Hipsters love paving our streets with bike lanes yet 90% of them are unused. They don’t know how to ride bikes in a city and chain their vintage Schwinns all over the place.
 
Many hipsters are hypocrites---they claim organic is healthier (which it isn’t) and want to line our streets with rainbow kale and fountains that spout hand-crafted artisanal water yet they smoke, drink, and do drugs constantly.
 
Hipsters are music, art and literature snobs. It’s impossible to have a normal conversation with one without them trying to show you their superiority even though they have none.
 
Hipsters avoid all types of born and raised locals of the city they move to. Here in Brooklyn, if they hear a real Brooklyn accent you are immediately looked at as an uncultured idiot or an unlawful brute.
 
Hipsters can be found at all hours of a normal working day just walking around like zombies in their wannabe rock star and artist uniforms somehow managing to pay for overpriced rents, foods, and accessories. (Somehow = parents)
 
Hipsters make males look bad: they strive to have the physiques of Shaggy, Nancy Reagan, Olive Oyl, spatulas, toilet brushes, PEZ dispensers, and parking meters.
 
Hipsters’ main idea is to be different from normal society yet have to be the biggest group of conformists this planet has ever seen.
 
A contrary view that accuses the Brooklyn blogger of homophobia.

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