There were a lot of things that happened in 2018 that disappointed a lot of people. In pop culture, we tend to root for things that turn out to be not the way we wanted it to be. There were people that were “canceled” and shows that just backfired.
Some of the things we listed down may not be something we want to look back on, but some of these subjects have hit plenty of ceilings for its controversy. Lessons were definitely taught, but these give us hope that 2019 will be a much better year for pop culture.
Here is a list of top pop culture news that disappointed us in 2018:
1. ‘This Is Me’ from ‘The Greatest Showman’ loses Oscars Best Original Song
I LOVE Coco, & I love Remember Me, but I’m seriously not getting over this loss. #ThisIsMe has inspired so many people. It celebrates diversity, individuality, Love & perseverance in the face of adversity. SO HOW DID IT NOT WIN. HOW. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/6gfhzYuAdI
— Savannah Grimm (@savvygrimm) March 5, 2018
The song ‘This Is Me’ has a sense of power and pride that celebrates the downtrodden despite the hardship. And not everyone was delighted when ‘Remember Me’ from the Walt Disney Picture film ‘Coco’ defeated ‘This Is Me’ for the spot of Best Original Song at the 90th Academy Awards. The fans of ‘The Greatest Showman’ from 20th Century Fox were enraged for this loss and their displeasure was apparent on Twitter.
2. Unique officially leaves breakout band IV of Spades
Let’s not forget the number of fans who poured their hearts out, expressing their disbelief on social media when IV of Spades themselves announced the departure of Unique Salonga from the band. On the bright side, if the artists have not had separated their ways, Unique’s ‘Midnight Sky’ and IV of Spades’ ‘Bata, Dahan-Dahan’ would presumably have not existed.
3. The ‘fat-shaming plot’ of Netflix show ‘Insatiable’
Hey, @Netflix_CA the garage called and your time machine is ready. Please take “Insatiable” and all its fatphobia back a few decades and leave it there. This trailer is gross. 2018 doesn’t need it.😐 https://t.co/oVPFA6FYnm
— Amanda Jette Knox (@MavenOfMayhem) July 27, 2018
After the trailer of ‘Insatiable’ premiered, more than 200,000 people signed a petition to cancel the show. It tells a coming-of-age story of “Fatty Patty,” a bullied teenager for being overweight, but is later revealed to lose a good amount of weight after getting her jaw wired shut after an accident. Now, everyone at school thinks she’s hot. As it was criticized, the satirical show was immediately deemed as ‘toxic.’ Netflix’s Original Series Vice President Cindy Holland then claimed that the show’s has been misinterpreted. Fast forward to now, Netflix renewed the show accused of fat-shaming women for another season.
.@Netflix’s ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ faces scathing reviews and backlash for creepy premise, overall message, normalizing violation of consent, and problematic jokes used in the film. pic.twitter.com/qpVPKYK2PR
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) September 9, 2018
‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’ was greatly anticipated after Netflix revealed that the cast involve two breakout stars; ‘Stranger Things’ actress, Shannon Purser, and ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ actor, Noah Centineo. It is rather ironic that the film’s ‘loser’ lead character Sierra Burgess emerges as the protagonist but poorly developed to be the true antagonist of the story. The film received huge repercussion for its bad reviews. The ‘creepy’ premise of ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’ is deemed to violate consent, and use inappropriate, transphobic jokes.
The ensemble cast of Orange is the New Black confirmed that Season 7 would be their last. https://t.co/tyNAqp7zuj
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) October 17, 2018
Although the series from Lionsgate Television will renew another season in 2019, this could be shocking for the fans knowing it will be its last. ‘OINTB’ creator, Jenji Kohan wholeheartedly said, “After seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison. I will miss all the badass ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we’ve worked with. My heart is orange but fade to black.”
6. The Weeknd’s Manila concert gets canceled
The Manila concert of Grammy Award-winning artist and ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ singer The Weeknd was canceled. It was supposed to take place on December 7, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena. On November 23, Concert promoter MMI Live went on to post on their Facebook to announce the sad news, stating “Due to production requirement issues, we regret to announce that The Weekend Live in Manila concert is now cancelled.”
7. Comedy film ‘Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap’ could not get cinema slots
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This is a sad day. The movie has been rated R-16 by the MTRCB, which means only 16 yrs old and above are allowed to watch the film. Kids below 16 yrs. old are not allowed because of some language and content. As a parent, I appreciate and respect this rating and would’ve rated this movie the same. However, as an artist and audience (who has already seen the complete edit of the film), I am deeply saddened. Why? 1. Marius Talampas’s witty comedy as a writer and impeccable comedic timing and visuals as a director make this film unique from it’s contemporary. 2. The chemistry of the cast was undeniably strong! This is the first time the four main cast worked together, but each brought a flavor of his own, injecting their own kind of humor and character. Supporting cast were also great as their characters. Hint: A hilarious comedic injection from Pen Medina was for me one of the funniest punch lines in the movie! Not one soul in the theater was quiet at that time! 3. I just think it’s so ironic that we support foreign films orchestrating grand heists or films that just follows male-character-driven adventures, but cannot support our own just because of the title. How often have we said “DON’T JUDGE THE BOOK BY ITS COVER!” but still we do every chance we get. It’s upsetting that we are limiting our fellow people, our artists, to create materials that the only intention was to make other people laugh, so they can lighten up somebody’s lonely day or maybe a group of friends just wanted to have some laugh or take a break from a stressful day. The MTRCB rating exists for a reason, and we support and respect that. We are happy to be given an opportunity to make young adults and older a chance to laugh and relax! What we are so unhappy about is that doors are being closed on us just because of the title used by the film to attract audience. It may not be an ideal situation because it’s a fictional story created to make the audience laugh. It may resemble reality, but it is not reality. Just like the foreign films we all love and support. Let’s not forget it’s a comedy film not a documentary. #SupportFilipinoFilms #SarilingAtin
The comedy film was set to open in cinemas nationwide on November 28 but began to have struggles upon acquiring slots for screenings in theaters. LJ Reyes, the girlfriend of ‘Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap’ actor Paolo Contis argues on her Instagram account, “I just think it’s so ironic that we support foreign films orchestrating grand heists or films that just follows male-character-driven adventures, but cannot support our own just because of the title. How often have we said “DON’T JUDGE THE BOOK BY ITS COVER!” but still we do every chance we get.”
8. Ely Buendia refutes fan’s speculation of Eraserheads Reunion
praktis before game 2 pic.twitter.com/wq8mapAQY8
— Raymund Marasigan (@raymsmercygun) December 3, 2018
The rumor began when Raymund Marasigan posted a video of him, Buddy Zabala, and Marcos Adoro rehearsing “Minsan” for the second game of UP Fighting Maroons against the Ateneo Blue Eagles. For a moment, a mysterious blonde guy was shown in the video which caught the attention of the fans whom they quickly taught of as Ely Buendia. The now vocalist of Apartel, Ely Buendia then announced on Twitter, “Whoever the blond guy in the video is, its not me. I wish both UAAP teams the best of luck, though,” invalidating the fans’ dream. But who knows? May be subsequently, 2019 would be the year.
Miss USA is under fire for comments she made about Miss Vietnam and Miss Cambodia pic.twitter.com/TLr6cFZAtE
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) December 15, 2018
Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers received backlash for her controversial remarks toward Miss Vietnam and Miss Cambodia. In a viral video, she said, “She’s so cute and she pretends to know so much English, and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she goes…” At this point, Sarah Rose Summers did an imitation of Nie by smiling and nodding implying her lack of understanding in English. Later, Miss USA said she feels bad for Miss Cambodia, Rern Sinat, who according to her, “don’t speak any English and not a single other person speaks her language.” The incident was deemed to be racist and xenophobic but she quickly issued a sincere public apology on her Instagram.
10. Shane Dawson makes a documentary of Jake Paul
Shane Dawson was arguably at the peak of his career in 2018. Shane’s excellent story-telling over the years as a YouTuber can make him reach millions of views within days, but when he announced that he was doing a documentary about the ‘Mind of Jake Paul,’ everyone began to worry. Why would Shane Dawson give a platform to a person who uploads chaotic and scandalous videos?
In his first video, Shane says, “Listen, I get it, okay? I shouldn’t be doing this. I shouldn’t be giving Jake Paul a platform. But I also want to be doing shit on my channel that I find interesting.”
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