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If you’re outside of their target market your opinion is as irrelevant as a vegetarian judging how you ordered your steak. A man in his late 20s complaining about Justin Bieber – not seriously considering and critiquing his work, just complaining about his very existence – is like if I walked into Hot Topic and made a scene because their Pokemon sports bra doesn’t fit me. Well, it would have been nice if it had, but they weren’t making it for me. I’m sure Bieber appreciates his 40-year-old fans, but they aren’t paying his bills and government fines.

It’s easy to dismiss something that wasn’t made for you as having no value, while forgetting that countless people think the same thing about all the stuff that you like. Your timeless song that helped you through that junior high breakup was some out-of-touch adult’s proof that music was objectively better when they were getting dumped by the cutie from English. Your favorite video game is the crux of someone’s rant about how games are a useless medium for immature adults. You know, the kind of idiotic sweeping generalizations that make us want to scream because they contribute nothing to anything, except for when we’re insightfully making them.

Complaints about pop culture way outside of the complainer’s demographic are most common with stuff marketed at teens because, well, a lot of it is fucking terrible. I read The Maze Runner, and the author belongs in word jail. But one of the shittiest things an adult can do to a teenager is mock their interests just because what’s new and novel to the teen is old and boring to them. Maybe it’s objectively bad, or maybe it just doesn’t push the right buttons in your brain. But unless it’s fascist propaganda, like the new YA hit The Fault In Our Cucks, it’s really none of your business.

How To Deal With Pop Culture That’s Not Made For You

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Things that are still funny to me:

- Thrawn cutting out a piece of wall that has graffiti on it and putting it into his office

-Ezra doesn’t notice it in Through Imperial’s Eyes, or if he does, he never addresses Thrawn’s weird collector shenanigans to others

- He never tells Sabine abut this, who would be probably mad and essentially gives her another good reason to help out the Rebellion