Did Pop Culture Kill Stranger Things?
Hey everybody, my name is Qcknd and I look very different in a tank top. Hey, everybody is Qcknd And today I’m going to be talking about Stranger things and you can probably tell by the title of this video. I might be talking about it a little negative So some background I Thought I was a pretty big stranger things fan. I have made multiple multiple stranger things videos on this channel I you know really let the fame go to my head when I was featured in this BuzzFeed article You may have been wondering where my video has been for season three and it’s out there It was just claimed by Entertainment one for having a milly milly rock remix song in it and spoiler alert that song he’s not in my video and when I called Entertainment one to ask them to pull the claim I heard them listen to the video in the background and then they blocked my phone number I had to call them from my boyfriend’s phone and that’s when they told me to get a lawyer They claimed a video that’s worth around four dollars Today, I want to talk about stranger things in the eye of pop culture I asked you guys yesterday on my Instagram at quite cool kid do you feel like stranger things has been killed by pop culture and I bring that up because at first you know I noticed some things popping up here and there a little bit of merch that I found a tad bit questionable But you know kept my spirits high because I do really love stranger things but more and more and more I felt like I was being suffocated with stranger things licensed products and although that happens I guess – everybody’s fandom I wouldn’t explain why this has been such a shock to me and maybe to you guys as well because the overwhelming response from you guys was Yes, I feel like pop culture has taken stranger things So, let’s go back to the beginning let’s go back to in stranger things first started It showed up on Netflix and all of us were like what what is this? We didn’t watch it when it premiered because we just didn’t know what it was. I don’t remember any hype around stranger things I just remembered stumbling upon it for me. Netflix has been an experience where for the longest time I felt like I was the only one on it I signed up for Netflix when it first became a streaming platform and I want to say that was in 2009 or 10 I’ve had Netflix so long I remember paying four or five dollars for a month and I have never cancelled since I have been a member for Ten years. I used to watch netflix on my Nintendo Wii and that’s where I fell in love with it It had the weirdest things on it like this situation from the Jersey Shore workout videos It had every episode of Miami Ink on it and it’s where I started to watch the office I just felt like I had stumbled upon something. That was just mine I was like, I’m not paying cable But I will pay for Netflix and even when I moved into this big house with a bunch of people in it I was the one who had Netflix on my wii and we would gather in my room and watch documentaries that I felt like Scraped the bottom of the earth and just like Dede lists horror movies it was great Netflix felt like such a dump so as Netflix has Busted into the mainstream. I always had that kind of memory of Netflix beingness Just thing I had access to and it was exciting and weird So when stranger things popped onto the scene, I felt like it was indie and I think this phenomenon is something that we’re all Experiencing, but maybe we just can’t put our finger on it. I felt like stranger things was indeed because Netflix has been a place where things developed outside of cable and outside of mainstream and At the time I felt like no one was gonna give this show a chance and that’s why it ended up on Netflix It had been my opinion of that before because a lot of the stand-up comedians I liked we’re getting specials on Netflix and just for my little monkey brain I thought oh no TV or it would pick this up. So there must be something about it. That isn’t popular So I watched it and I thought you know, wow, what idiots NBC didn’t want to pick this up. This wasn’t on MTV Idiots crazy after that though it became very public I feel like that Netflix was putting a ton of budget in their original series My Netflix account went up three different times and now I pay $15 a month versus the five I used to pay and All of that makes more sense to me and sort of takes away that like starry Ind But at the time I really felt like I had stumbled upon something special watching stranger things for the very first time was amazing It was the first time I felt really connected with a new and original Series everything about it the nostalgia the soundtrack the soundtrack made me salivate It was so good and at the time I don’t know why I didn’t recognize a stranger things featured Spotify playlist was probably Mainstream but playing it. I was like, oh my god. Yeah Finally someone believed me that electronic music is good and around that time. I got really into it So I made the stranger things look book the stranger things look book for me was kind of a celebration of something that I felt Like belonged to me and belonged to the couple people on Twitter who agree with me I really felt like it was a celebration of something I really liked and thought that I was entering like a fandom Finally like for me that I could participate in from the beginning because I didn’t watch Harry Potter Until I got my wisdom teeth taken out So I was already way too far behind to get into that phantom and I’ve never read comic books So I would be completely fucking lying if I told you one thing about spider-man So this just felt like it was something that was my own and I really loved the way that felt however I don’t think I realized I was sharing that with millions of people and I’ll tell you why after that and After making my stranger things costume and things like that a couple months had gone by and you started to hear like Little Joe like little like Around the office memes of like did you watch stranger things and I was a shampoo girl at the time so it was a lot of like Asking people what they were into Quickly and which stranger things came up we would connect and then it turned into me recommending stranger things so I could talk about it And then everybody at some point had watched stranger things So then that recommendation was kind of over and at that point I feel like there wasn’t a ton of merch at least in the official sense in my own mine I had created and made a bunch of costumes and a bunch of stranger things things And you guys were sending me DIYs that you made or I was buying pins from independent pin makers or Etsy Those places seem like the only places to get stranger things merch and if you saw someone wearing something stranger things The odds are it was bootlegging because the licensing for all of these things didn’t really exist I think Hot Topic was the first person to pick it up and I remember just like having a little comment about it like oh You’re gonna pay $70 for an 11 costume. I made mine for two pennies the next year like Party City or something totally ripped off my strange things wall costume even selling a licensed string like necklace and You can say it a bunch of people can have the same idea at the same time, and it’s not biting but the necklace seems convenient All of this kind of seemed like I was being force-fed a ton of stranger things things and at the same time I felt like all of the products were very very Rushed like nothing. Nothing really super unique about it and the common little catchphrases and marketable moments and the show seemed to be like just Killed and fed to us again and again like friends don’t lie. That wasn’t really a huge part of the show It wasn’t really a huge plot thing now. Is it time for me to probably mention? I am a stranger things tattoo So what the fuck am I doing here? I want to bring you to present-day and why some of us or Generally, most of us have this weird feeling about stranger things all this So this time around I feel like the third season of stranger things is Insanely hyped like I’d mentioned before I didn’t even know about season 1 and what was so great about it Was that the people who were cast were either? relatively unknown or already like cult Classic like Kol identified people which again just made it feel indeed And now all of these kids have become celebrities in their own, right? I was one of the first people to feel really uncomfortable when people were approaching them in the street I was one of the people to be like protect Milly Bobbi Brown but all of these kids now are a list celebrities and you see them in the commercials and you see them in Godzilla their Notoriety is making it really strong and all of the promotion is leading up to it is just making it extremely extremely Mainstream, so I just want to go through some of my favorite sort of like license fees for what is going on with stranger things right now and I have like 20 tabs open yesterday and what started all of this was? Stranger things for target. So I was at a target Express yesterday to buy face wash I don’t know and I noticed that they had a little stranger things kiosk and it was just a couple of shirts that like I said felt really rushed and thrown together, but if you go on Targets website they have their very own stranger things page where things are breaking up and broken up into categories All with this like very 80s themed Splash town USA Grillin and chillin style to the max cool at school and then they have scoops ahoy which I think is just the ice cream shop that they work at some of the characters work out in season 3 and then they have raddest categories Entertainment clothing action figures things through the home costumes and stranger things party supplies This is all just at Target. So just going into some of these things They just see insane and I know as an Evangelion fan. I’m Stepping on some toes saying this since eva has the craziest merch ever But there’s just something about that merch that excites me And this doesn’t and I can’t tell you what those things are unless it’s just like the over piling of These brands trying to understand something that in my mind. I denote it as indie, but it’s not indie I tell myself that every day Stranger things isn’t indie, but it doesn’t compute because it’s designed to be so indeed So next we have pop colors, which I guess is stationary company And these are stranger things licensed colored pencils the upside brown Friends don’t lilac, you know Kind of cool next Nike also has a license with stranger things right now And like I said, there’s only so much you can do so they want the hawkins visit Edy kind of category where they release clothes that look like clothing in the carat of the characters in the movie Which is like kind of cool you can have this fit for $70 or you can come down here and have the hawkins high school t-shirt for $40 Which I own I got it from my costumes last year. It is currently in my Bronco So, it’s DOA or you can get the stranger things sweatpants for 65 Popkin school cap for 32 Nike I guess is the more premium approach for your stranger things merch or you can come to forever 21 and Get your stranger things tracksuit I mean This one is kind of one of the cooler ones. I’ve seen I’m not gonna lie. It’s pretty sick it’s kind of like an all-out approach to this but I just don’t see myself in it very seriously Like I just don’t know the occasion but I will say one of the cooler ones but there’s just like not enough content to support this level of merchandise Like it says the upside-down Mike Lucas Dustin 11 And then there’s some other stranger things licensed merch for forever 21 as well I do like this one this like 11 basic graphic t-shirt seems like some of the more bootleg stuff that you might remember from season one. I love Next we head over to Polaroid and one of you guys actually gave me the heads up that Polaroid was having a collab with stranger things So you can get a stranger things Polaroid set for a hundred and fifty seven dollars I don’t know if they use Polaroid in season three or if this is just like a this item also occurred in the 80s Next mongoose bike slave bikes that they use in the show actually came out with a special license stranger things mongoose bike because Why not take full advantage of your item? Being in stranger things So stranger things has kind of always been available at hot topic and that’s just how it goes Hot topic gets a lot of like fandom licensing, but I thought this piece was kind of crazy It is a demo gorgon yard sprinkler Which you know, is it for kids is it for adults like I don’t even know They blew it up, but they’re not showing how it works. And then of course you can have a Steve body pillow I mean I Do really appreciate this? I think that that is great. Um, Steve is one of my favorite characters like This one is fanservice This one’s fans only Even Urban Outfitters got in on the fun Which like if you want to feel like you are the only indie stranger things fan you can have this barb poster in your house With your palm leaf and your fluffy pillow This one just deserves an honorable mention because I thought it was sick. Here is a Stranger thanks van flip moving enamel pin. I mean that’s pretty dope. Do you guys still like an animal pins? next Havaianas came in on here and got some stranger things licensed flip-flops and Hmm also took the lifeguard approach. Remember the lifeguards stuff from Target Well, hmm had the same idea at the same time to be released on the same day and it is the Hopkins pooled licensed swimsuit and my question here is Do you buy this because all your friends bought it and you all want to look cool or do you buy this? pulping that you’re the only one this is so unique to me because Maybe because I was never in like a Star Wars fandom where all your friends do dress that way and that’s what’s cool But again, like trying to wash the leg idea that this movie’s indie is just tough again with H&M You have this like cooler approach. Where is the Hawkins Indiana typeface shirt? That’s like a tea is Interesting, but you could pair it with your stranger things Cortez Nikes for a hundred and twenty bucks you can get the real freaking deal and get your stranger things licensed Nike sneakers With the Hopkins high school emblem on the back. I just it’s a is it overkill like I don’t know then you can eat some soup with your stranger things character mug play some stranger things Ouija board and Decorate your desk with this stranger things MLB Bobblehead this one. I don’t get at all. I really don’t get this at all in conclusion I just feel like with all of these items all of this licensing stuff it’s all fighting for the limited budget and attention of Stranger things fans which feels skeptical of all of this stuff anyway at least in my pocket of the internet you guys feel skeptical or even Disenchanted by all of this and I share the same feeling are you a fan? But you don’t want any of this merch because even when I was starting this video I thought am I not even a stranger things fan? I don’t own any of this stuff. I don’t own any Officially licensed stranger things items. Not one. The Hawkins shirt I have is a bootleg and all the other stuff I have either I made or you guys made but I’m a hypocrite because right now I am watching Evangelion chick items on eBay So, I don’t know I wanted to ask you guys how you felt Do you feel this enchanted by the big push of this franchise? Are you still excited for season 3 and you’re going to watch it? I am skeptical of course because I’ve put a lot of my heart into stranger things and a small piece of my skin But I also just want to like stuff and I don’t want anyone to bother me while I just like stuff Let me know how you guys feel and give this video a thumbs up share Your opinion in the comment section I would love to know how you feel because I’m just one person and in all of this. I am still very neutral I still can’t wait to watch the premiere tomorrow and talk about it with the two people I interact with in real life And I’ve been looking forward to it. Even if Milly Milly Rock took down my video. I have been following along anyway I love you guys. Follow me on instagram at quiet cool kid and until next time. Bye