I was reading Gin’s September blog last week, and I was like, “Yes, I do love toques, pumpkin spice, and everything nice.” Then I went, “Holy shit, I’m hella basic.”
Fall is basic white girl season. It’s my time to shine and drink all the PSL’s in all its forms (have you tried the cold brew version? Freaking delicious). I take my snap with my Starbucks cup and send it to all my other basic friends.
Basic people are “only interested in things mainstream, popular, and trending,” and I guess I qualify, at least when it comes to the pumpkin spice. And craft beer. And chipotle mayo.
Awhile ago, I was talking to a coworker about a popular television show, and another coworker disagreed with our assessment, citing he was a “contrarian.” A contrarian is the opposite of basic; they dislike anything considered popular or trending. They preach being the devil’s advocate and are often the source of many office arguments.
Here’s the thing though: being a contrarian is just as bad, if not worst, as being basic. You’re still letting popular opinion decide what you do and don’t like. Disliking something because everyone else likes it doesn’t make you unique, it just makes you the office jerk.
We all want to think our interests are special. I used to rebel against stereotypical “girly” things, like pink and princesses; not because I didn’t like them, but because I wanted to be different. Pumpkin spice is the Disney Princesses of our age. To drink a PSL (or even to call it by its acronym) is to cry out to the world, “I like this thing that everyone else likes!”
But who cares if you like PSL’s or if you don’t? I used to always put cinnamon and nutmeg in my coffee, even before I tried pumpkin spice anything. I’m not special for liking something before it became popular or mainstream. I’m not the person saying, “Oh, but I liked that band before everyone else did.” Again, who cares? Why can’t we just enjoy other people enjoying the things we love.
So moral of the story? If you want to drink and eat every pumpkin spice concoction available this fall, go for it! If you don’t, that’s cool too; just don’t make people feel shitty about liking the things they do. And just think, once Basic White Girl Season is over, it’s time for Christmas! Prep yourself for angry Karens and screaming children. Yayyyy.