Pop culture’s 2017 breakdown
Television was a big hit in 2017 with Riverdale, Handmaid’s Tale, 13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things 2 and the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones. Riverdale premiered in January, taking viewers back to 2006 with the resurgence of Cole Sprouse from The Suite Life. Teenagers and adults alike were talking about 13 Reasons Why, a show that discussed teen suicide and depression and encouraged teens to speak out. The highly talked about Golden Globe and Emmy winning show, Game of Thrones, announced that they will come to a close with the premiere of the final season during the summer. Game of Thrones has been on since 2011, with millions of viewers worldwide. In 2017, fan favorites such like Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf, Bones, Orphan Black, Bates Motel, and Vampire Diaries came to an end.
The movies of 2017 spanned different genres with the release of Get Out, CoCo, It, The Greatest Showman, Wonder Woman, Beauty and the Beast, Wonder, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Get Out, which was nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award, and It were the top rated horror movies of 2017. Wonder was turned from long- beloved book to a heart warming movie. Wonder Woman was a huge hit because it was the first female superhero movie to come out in years, and was also Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s shining moment. Beauty and the Beast and Jumanji were both remakes of loved classics. CoCo was one of the most talked about animated movies of the year.
2017 was definitely the year of rap and hip hop with Kendrick Lamar’s album of the year, Cardi B with “Bodak Yellow,” Khalid’s album American Teen, and Post Malone’s album Stoney. Justin Bieber took center stage for a while with “Despacito,” and Dua Lipa had her time with “New Rules.” Taylor Swift hit hard with her single “Look What You Made Me Do,” and her later release of Reputation. Kendrick Lamar’s released both HUMBLE and his album DAMN.
The iPhone X was highly anticipated, with its full screen display, facial recognition, lack of a home button, and animojis. It dropped on Nov. 3rd, while the iPhone 8 was dropped Sep. 22nd. The iPhone X went for about $1,000, around $100 more than the average iPhone.
The Women’s March occured on Jan. 27. The Women’s March is a worldwide protest where women march for their beliefs. For the 2017 Women’s March, in Washington, D.C. alone there was an estimated 500,000 people and an estimated five million people worldwide.The Washington Post named the 2017 Women’s march “the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history.” The last time there was a protest this large was the Vietnam War Moratorium days in 1969 and 1970.
In 2018, we can look forward to 13 Reasons Why 2, Stranger Things 3, Black Panther, Post Malone’s new album, the iPhone 8, and The Incredibles 2.