There’s an episode of The Simpsons, it’s from the later seasons somewhere, where Bart realizes that he hasn’t done all the summer things he wanted to do as summer ends. He finally sees the big summer blockbuster and here’s a line from the film. After that, he says, “Oh, so that’s why everybody was saying that all summer.” It’s a relatable moment. Sometimes you are out of the pop culture loop. Even a pop culture junkie like me can’t catch everything. That got me thinking of a question. Have you ever found out long after the fact that somebody you know was saying or doing something they picked up from pop culture?
OK, so maybe that’s a little wordy, but I can explain. Let’s say you have a friend. Maybe there is something they say all the time. It could be a joke or some turn of phrase. It may seem odd to you, but it’s a thing you’re used to. Then, you see a movie, or start watching a TV show, and you hear the phrase there. The scales fall from your eyes. You realize that all this time your friend was quoting a character. If you are friends with a Simpsons fan and don’t watch The Simpsons, you have probably experienced this.
I had this experience recently, which is why I thought of it. I know somebody who bops me on the nose with her finger and says “boop.” It’s amusing, but I didn’t know why she did it. Then, I started watching Schitt’s Creek. Also, I’m almost done with it and then I will give my thoughts on the show as a whole. Anyway, the character of Alexis – who is great – taps noses and says “boop” as well. I know the person I know loves Schitt’s Creek, so I realized that’s where she picked it up. It all makes sense now.
So I want to do two things. First, apologize to people who have not understood my Simpsons references or arcane pop culture quotes I my lexicon. Two, ask if you’ve had a similar experience.