The year 2014 is right around the corner and, honestly, I’m definitely ready for it. 2013 has been a pretty good year for me, but there were some things this year that really grated my gears. I mean, from celebrities walking around in blackface to 50 (very precise calculation, of course) singing shows on the air at the same time, I’m hoping that 2014 will be the fresh start that the world needs to finally start realizing just how ridiculous some of those things are.
See if you agree with these 14 things we definitely don’t want to see in 2014.
Twerking On EverythingTwerking has been turned into some sort of mockery when it's actually a dance that takes a level of skill and effort and--wow--isn't just shaking your butt. But you wouldn't know that from the way it has been handled this year from the likes of Miley and other try hards. Miley can shake her butt all she wants, but I'm done with her and others pretending they're on some twerk team tip. Source: Wenn Photos
Dresses That I Can't Wear Without Ditching My Damn BraEvery dress I've been coveting lately had either had an ultra low back or a giant cut-out in the back. Um, that's cute and all but when most of the dresses I see are following this trend it is so disappointing. Please make some dresses for those of us who aren't members of the Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Titty Committee. Source: Forever 21
Offensive Racist CrapHey remember when Julienne Hough did that whole blackface thing on Halloween? What about Katy Perry's geisha disaster at the AMAs? Yeah, so, when are these celebs going to stop doing all this offensive, appropriative BS? And when are we going to stop making excuses for it? Source: Devone Byrd, PacificCoastNews
Fitspo Talk EverywhereWhen I go on Instagram I don't need to be assaulted with guilt ridden graphics meant to shame women into picking up an apple and working out on the elliptical for an hour every day. If you're going to be all fitspo positive, try for a less annoying, body shaming, pseudo-pro-ana way of doing it. Source: Tumblr
All These Singing CompetitionHow many are there now? The Voice? X-Factor? The Sing Off? America's Got Talent? American Idol (still)? F'real? F'real? Source: The Voice/NBC
Rape CultureI know, it's not going to just stop in 2014 because this is way more complex than just wishing people would stop trying to twerk. But I want us to at least be a little more conscious of just how much our society's victim blaming, clueless approach to rape can be. Source: TheFrisky.com
Making Weak Excuses For Cultural AppropriationOkay, obviously not everyone who is South Asian is going to care about Selena Gomez rocking a bindi during her MTV Movie Awards performance this year, but plenty were and for good reason. People really need to respect the importance that cultural symbols and decor have to people, not just rock it just because it looks cool. Selena claimed that wearing a bindi was done as an appreciation for Indian culture...but it feels pretty unfair that someone like Selena can just rock a bindi because it is cool while girls who actually wear bindis for cultural reasons are shamed and mocked for doing the same thing. Don't even get me started on her "Gypsy" themed birthday party... Source: Wenn Photos
Body ShamingStop crappy on women's bodies, stop acting like you're their doctor and know what their health status us, stop making someone's muffin top or lack thereof any of your damn business. Source: Wenn Photos
Unnecessary Movie SequelsThey're almost always never as good as the original. Like, seriously, more than anything I want somebody to explain to me why there had to be a second Smurfs movie of all things. Original ideas, please! Source: Kick-Ass 2/Universal Pictures
Technology That Is Updated Every Few MonthsI swear, the second I upgrade my phone a new one comes out, like, two days later. Unless there are some drastic changes to the hardwear, what's the point? Oh, money, right. I'm all about updating software but hardware updates seem to be increasingly greedy. Source: Apple
People Acting Like Jennifer Lawrence Is The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ Just Because She Consumes FoodLook, I get why people love JLaw. I really do. But can we please stop acting as if she is the answer to all things body positive and good in the world just because she admits that she eats? She is still a hot young white woman with a conventionally attractive figure. She isn't redefining beauty standards or what's acceptable in Hollywood just because she goes on about how much she loves eating pizza. Source: TheFrisky.com
Slut-ShamingI don't give a damn how you define a slut, stop calling women sluts in the first place. A woman's sexual nature is not something that should but up for critique. Who cares if some girl has a lot of sex? As long as it is legal and isn't hurting anyone, it shouldn't matter and it definitely doesn't define their worth. Oh, and don't call someone a slut just because they wear something you find trashy. Just...stop using this word. Stop. Source: Shutterstock
Lyric VideosThe only lyric video I've seen that didn't drive me up the wall was the Arcade Fire one for Afterlife. The rest of them, like Justin Timberlake's for "Suit & Tie" or Katy Perry's "Roar" left me squinting and wondering why the hell these professional versions of crappy Windows Movie Maker lyric videos became a thing in the first place. Source: VEVO/Justin Timberlake
Justin Bieber Doing...ThingsPeeing in maintenance mop buckets...wearing diaper pants...please just get this dude out of my face all the time next year. Source: Wenn Photos
What really annoyed you this year? What do you really hope is changed in the next year? What do you think is going to stay exactly the same? Tell us in the comments!