Where is my Ed Hardy edition Bluetooth headset?
February 22, 2010 12:01 PM Subscribe
I am hoping someone can explain why 2 pop cultural phenomenons are considered offensive and/or worthy of sometimes extreme derision: Ed Hardy and Bluetooth headsets.
posted by discountfortunecookie to Society & Culture (46 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am confused by repeated statements of anger, bordering on disgust and outrage, about 2 topics.
1. Ed Hardy is a tattoo artist, and apparently started making clothes and cologne. I got a bottle of his cologne for Christmas, and it smells fine. I hear people deride him and his clothing often, but not his actual tattoo work. I am assuming his clothes are decorated in a similar art style to his tattoos, so why would it be okay to get a real Ed Hardy tattoo but not wear an Ed Hardy shirt? It can't be misappropriation if he himself is who licensed all the work, right?
2. Bluetooth headsets seem incredibly useful and convenient. Holding a cell phone to your ear is at times inconvenient and at other times impossible. I often use a wired earpiece while driving (cell calls while driving are not outlawed in my state) and I've also used Bluetooth headsets in the past, but I tend to break and/or loose them. Why do so many people get intensely upset about this topic? The "hate" doesn't seem to be about cell phone usage in general, it is specifically about using Bluetooth headsets whilst talking on the phone.
I've always felt at ease with pop culture and music, and especially technology. But I am getting older, and I'm concerned that somehow I've completely missed the boat on these topics, as it seems so blatantly obvious, almost unanimous, to so many commentators but yet I remain mystified.
Also, it just occurred to me when re-reading, related to #1, I've heard several people recently denounce males wearing cologne. I think it was here I read someone say "I didn't know straight guys wore cologne". Has there been some shift in acceptability of scents on males in the last few years? Practically every straight male I know wears either aftershave or cologne. I wear cologne probably once or twice a week, in very small quantities. Am I "doing it wrong" as the kids say now?
A little help?
(P.S. And to clarify, it's not that I care if I am trendy or not, because I'm not, and I don't. I only care that I appear to be out of touch, which is never good.)