9 of 10 people would agree that 2011 was the same ol’ same ol’. There were celebrity deaths that shocked, Lottery number scandals, and stars that should’ve been left in the dark. Remember when people panicked because they thought the Zodiac signs were going to change? While you laugh at your friend who swears she’s going to find her true love because Mars is in her Moon wave, sit back and see who and what made 2011 newsworthy.
Natalie Portman made so much noise in 2010 with Black Swan that it flowed over into 2011 as awards season got underway. The “it” girl of the beginning of the year not only won big everywhere, including the Oscars, but also got the grand prize when she had a bundle of joy.
Friday… Wait, a day? Love it, hate it, or strangle it till it’s blue. That Rebecca Black chick from YouTube made no one look forward to the weekend. Then just when you thought Black was out, nope! Katy Perry had to come and invite her to her house party in her video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”
Mother Nature’s PMS. It seems every year nature gets the best of us, but this year we had blizzards all over the US, floods down under, quakes in New Zealand, and of course the horrific tsunami in Japan. Okay, Mayans, we get it, we’re doomed in the New Year.
cCharlie Sheen — oh, you knew he was going to pop up. “Tiger Blood” and “winning” are a part of pop culture from here on out due to TV’s highest paid leading man going bat s**t crazy and leaving TV’s number one sitcom.
Screwed up verdicts — they’re few but high up because they involve cases that had the world too interested. This first one will ruffle feathers depending on which side of the fence you’re on. Did Conrad Murray deserve to jail time for Michael Jackson’s death? Personally, I say no. Jackson knew what he was doing. And let’s not even get into Casey Anthony walking after being accused of killing her own daughter…
rThe Royal Wedding was glorious for the romantics of the world and just plain annoying to the other 80% of us. I may eat my words in 25 years when those commemorative plates are worth a fortune… Not really.
World leaders taking a dive got plain suspicious. Osama, Gaddafi, Kim Jong Il? Well, they say everything happens in threes, but how does that explain Apple’s Steve Jobs? Oh come on now, he owned all of us. Not all world leaders are evil…But all are powerful.
Will the real protestors please stand up? Libyans did for a Civil War. Egyptians did it for a revolution. Americans occupied about taxes. This was the year to actually go out to get your point across and not just blog abou…It’s more comfy inside, don’t you think?
After looking at who and what stood out, and the honorable mentions, 2011 seemed to be about one thing: fails. Natalie won an Oscar and then did Your Highness. Don’t remember? No one does. The verdicts and Sheen failed so much that it might go over to 2012. While the deaths of three of the hugest bullies in the world were definite wins, it can’t top “winning.”
Great list, and not cliched in the slightest, which is often the problem I have with some pop culture lists. I especially like your (true) comment about Steve Jobs, and how clever to group him with 2011’s — now dead — world leaders.
Thanks Ryan! I do a list every year :)