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January 29, 2008
Every day, more people are making more things "okay." Consider the following examples:
The television character Adrian Monk made it okay to have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
The film Bonnie and Clyde made it okay to sympathize with murderers
The Cold War and space race made it "okay to be smart" in America
The actress and glamor model Pamela Anderson made it okay for a chick to be "wild, adventurous, reckless, kittenish"
The film Deliverance made it okay to make fun of rednecks, backwoodsmen, and simpletons. However, comedian Jeff Foxworthy made it "okay to be a redneck" (source is in PDF format)
"In his humble, brilliant simplicity, Dave [Thomas, the founder of the Wendy's restaurant chain] made it okay to be, well, just okay"
Arquitectonica's Atlantis, a "tropical modernist" condominium in Miami, made it okay to "color outside of the box"
The HBO show “Six Feet Under" made it "okay to laugh at, think about and talk about death and your dysfunctional family"
The film Superman (1978) made it okay for Hollywood to adapt comic books
The character Tracy Turnblad from John Waters' Hairspray (1988) "made it okay to be fat"
Children's television icon Mister Rogers made it okay to be curious
The famous collie Lassie "made it as much as many of us have always loved dogs”
Prozac "made it okay to take a psychotropic drug"
The HBO series Sex and the City "made the world safe for sluts, and Paris Hilton made it okay to hate them again"
Balloon delivery man Don F. Cheeseman made it okay for a guy to drive a pink van (and don lingerie after a night of drinking)
New York City "is so hip to walking, they've made it okay to eat en route"
J. Mascis, of the band Dinosaur Jr., is the man who made it okay to rip a guitar solo in underground rock
(O.K. Corral sign image above by RileyOne)
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A+ on the J Mascis!
Posted by: Josh at Jan 29, 2008 12:03:49 AM
I read two blogs now.
Posted by: matthew at Jan 29, 2008 3:17:51 AM
I'm not sure if all of it is "okay". Mainstream, perhaps.
Posted by: Bsti at Jan 29, 2008 3:02:29 PM