Ballers to Honey Boo Boo: pop culture tastes of the Democratic candidates

After Pete Buttigieg divulged his affection for Rebel Wilson comedies, what can we learn from the cinema, music and Tv selects of the other presidential prospects?

This is a crucial time for the 2020 Democratic candidates. It’s a crowded subject full of big names, and it’s going to make real act and originality if anyone wants to stand out from the skirmish. But luckily Pete Buttigieg knows exactly how to do this: by targeting his expedition hard towards followers of Rebel Wilson.

In an interrogation with the Hollywood Reporter, Buttigieg laid out his pop culture favourites for all the world to see. He watches Rick and Morty to fall asleep, for example, and he’s trying to get on board with Succession, except” I haven’t decided if any of them are good people “. But when asked about the last film he saw theatrically, he stopped before eventually admitting it was Isn’t It Romantic or, as he announced it,” That movie where the maiden wakes up and she’s in a romantic slapstick “.

See, Rebel Wilson followers? Pete Buttigieg is just like you. Sure, he might not have knowledge of Rebel Wilson’s list, or the film’s mention. And he may not have shown any sort of opinion about the content of the film. But, certainly, who has? By half-remembering that he went to see a mediocre Rebel Wilson cinema eight months back, Buttigieg has only managed to align with himself with the public. Maybe we all experience Isn’t It Romantic in February and can’t really remember anything about it? How would he know?

So know that we know as much about Pete Buttigieg as we could ever hope to know, what about the other candidates? What do their pop culture preferences tell us about them? Let’s find out.

Joe Biden

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In 2016, Joe Biden dropped a Spotify playlist that is full of accurately the sort of music you’d collect if you didn’t actually like music but required the world to think that you did. Bruce Springsteen is on there. The Beatles are on there. The Best by Tina Turner is on there. My Way is on there. It’s less a curated playlist and more research results you’d do if you expended half an hour Shazaming in the world’s most terrible karaoke bar. He also once told reporters that he tried to keep up with Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, so clearly the man is not to be trusted.

Cory Booker

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Cory Booker describes himself as” a movie addict”, so it only goes without saying that two of his favourite movies are little-known pearls Rocky and Star Wars. In other media, Booker makes details for expressing his fondness for Black Mirror- which he watched with Rosario Dawson- but then loses twice as many for putting Michael Jackson songs on a publicly available Spotify playlist in its first year 2019.

Kamala Harris

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In January, Harris originated a web-only video for Stephen Colbert’s late night register, where she was of the view that she adoration to dance to Check the Rhime by A Tribe called Quest. To prove this, she then danced even if they are the song wasn’t actually playing, which is something a sociopath would do. She also once claimed that she listened to Tupac at college, and says that My Cousin Vinny is her favourite film. All her choices, in all media, comes here between 1991 and 1993. The woman lives in the past. She’s the Uncle Rico of the 2020 presidential race.

Beto O’Rourke

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Beto’s music we all know about, because he never slams up about it. He was in a ensemble with one of At the Drive-In, and formerly offset a widely respected DC Hardcore playlist. But what of his other pop culture norms? This is much harder to ascertain. In a TV interview in June, he said that he elevated Ryan Gosling to Ryan Reynolds, so let’s assume he’s a big love of The Notebook.

Bernie Sanders

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The good thing about Bernie having progressed to the latter places of a leader hasten once before is that he’s already been run through the pop culture mill. There isn’t a thing about his smells that we don’t once know. Favourite music? He has all of Beethoven’s concerts on his iPad, but he also likes Abba. He claims that he likes Modern Family and in 2016 announced The Big Short an” excellent film” which isn’t much of a astonish, at least.

Elizabeth Warren

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Elizabeth Warren likes Ballers. Doesn’t matter about anything else- doesn’t matter about the music she listen to or the books she speaks or the policies she endorses- because she likes Ballers. She’s spoken on podcasts about her beloved of Ballers. She commented on the 2017 WGA talks by telling everyone how much she likes Ballers. She tweets to The Rock about her beloved of Ballers. Warren has no political motivation to say that she likes Ballers. There isn’t a hidden army of Ballers followers who’ll carry her to the White House if she pimps to them fairly. She just likes Ballers. She’s the only person in the world who likes Ballers. A lady who can stick up for something as patently rubbish as Ballers deserves to be given the world on a illustration. Long may she reign.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ culture/ 2019/ oct/ 03/ pop-culture-tastes-democratic-candidates

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