|Posted by Anna H. on July 12, 2014 at 1:05 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? After watching The National Geographic Channel's documentary, The 90's: The Last Great Decade, I was highly disgusted by the bias. The documentary was mostly about The Clinton Administration, race riots, terrorism, and other scandals. The National Geographic Channel baited and falsely advertised, that they were going to reflect on 1990's pop-culture, technology, entertainment, and fashion having influence on American society. The network baited us viewers into watching by using some celebrities as tools for political propaganda.
I only watched the documentary because HardDrive Radio's blogger/producer, Roxy Myzal mentioned it. Otherwise, I don't watch The National Geographic Channel for anything. HardDrive Radio lost credibility within these last 10 years. It went from being a mainstream and underground Rock radio show with music news to being a predominantly mainstream Hard Rock show with political bias. I also hate the fact, that Roxy loves cramming her personal views down people's throats like some blowhard, whether it's about politics, or Rock musicians. She eventually meets these same people for interviews. I guess I shouldn't expect much from Roxy. After all, this is the same old, hippie, who protested The Vietnam War and treated our American soldiers like utter shit.
Meanwhile, it's amazing that Neve Campbell was featured in The 90's: The Last Great Decade. There was ZERO acknowledgement of her being on Party of Five, The Craft, and in the Scream movies. Hell, if it wasn't for Scream, the Slasher genre would've never resurfaced into nationwide movie theaters. This is considering all the slander and demonization Horror filmmakers endured (No thanks to Bible extremists and media watchdog groups). The same applies to Shannen Doherty. The documentary gave zero acknowledgement to her being on Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed. This reminds me, The Craft was released in movie theaters, during 1996 with Neve Campbell being 1 of the main actresses. Suddenly, 2 years later, Shannen Doherty became 1 of the main actresses on The WB's Charmed. Both The Craft and Charmed used covers of the song, "How Soon Is Now?" "How Soon Is Now" was originally sung in the 1980's by The Smiths. A decade later, the band Love Spit Love covered the song, which was featured both in The Craft and Charmed.
The Craft (1996) Vs Charmed (1998 ) "How Soon Is Now?" Cover
Interesting, don't you think? I still love the original version of "How Soon Is Now?" by The Smiths a lot better.
Something else that irked me about The 90's: The Last Great Decade was Roseanne's obnoxiousness. She did the most talking in the first 2 episodes. I'm still reeling over Roseanne claiming, that SHE got President Slick Willy elected in 1993. Yeah, like Al Gore supposedly invented the Internet. Roseanne even had the audacity to claim, that Lorena Bobbitt supposedly "ruined feminism." Like really?! LMAO! What the fuck ever! I used to love watching Roseanne. These last few years, I've lost more respect for her as a person.
VH-1 covered the 1990's better than The National Geographic Channel. That documentary was a joke. Rather than going in chronological order by each year, The 90's: The Last Great Decade was disorganized and inconsistent. It bounced around from "1990, 1993, 1991, 1992, 1993..." I'm glad I wasn't the only viewer, who noticed that it looked like some scatter brain with severe ADHD created The 90's: The Last Great Decade. It should've been named "Scandals During The Clinton Administration" because the documentary was mostly about him and overall scandals, during the 90's. I guess I should give The National Geographic Channel a break. After all, the network did manage to squeeze in The Columbine Shooting, while demonizing Marilyn Manson, video games, and the Goth Subculture. If you really want to learn more about the 1990's, you're much better off watching videos done by YouTube vloggers and VH-1's I Love The 90's. The 90's: The Last Great Decade is a documentary, that lacks merit. I apologize for not only advertising the documentary on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, but also suggesting my viewers watch it. Had I known it would be that big of a joke, I wouldn't have bothered mentioning it on here.
Those of us, who are in our 30's and older, remember what life was like in the 1990's. Sure, we all may have experienced different incidents in our lives, which is to be expected. However, the 90's wasn't as political as the early 21st Century. Even though Bush Sr. and Clinton were both our presidents, during the 1990's, Americans were more united as a country rather than divided by political views. We can't say that for these last 10 years. Entertainment, fashion, and technology heavily influenced American Society and culture. The National Geographic Channel's documentary didn't even talk about beepers, pagers, cell phones, etc. I'm shocked, that the Internet was mentioned. At least the documentary's title had some merit. The 90's was the last great decade.
Just like the 1980's, Entertainment, fashion, and technology highly influenced society and culture in the 1990's. There were parts of the 90's that were wild, crazy, and fun along with angst, violence, and politics. People were still more family oriented and patriotic. We didn't have to worry about primetime shows being canceled every night and every premiere. The news and every talk show didn't monopolize children's programming just yet; Children's programming wasn't completely stripped from local channels and transferred to cable for news coverage and every talk show. We as children stilled played outside with toys, rollerbladed, played games, and rode bicycles with friends rather than needing a computer, laptop, and/iphone to work our toys and communicate with friends. We didn't need the Internet to send "friend requests," in order to be friends with people. We still talked to each other in person, including our neighbors. We had landline phones. We rented movies from video stores, when we weren't watching them in the movie theaters or on cable. We bought CD's from music stores, before there was YouTube, MySpace, facebook, etc. Speaking of those social networking sites, our online social networking sites were forum discussions, that didn't require us to identify ourselves like some ID cards.
In a nutshell, we still enjoyed our youth by living in simpler times, during the 1990's. As much as I hated going to school and fighting my bullies, I knew there was something for me to watch on TV, listen to on the radio, buy music from music stores, rent and buy movies from movies stores, going to the movie theaters friends without fear of being shot in a suburban movie theater, and music was my overall catharsis. Even though I was mostly a "loner" as a teenager, I knew that I could always depend on entertainment to keep me company, when I wasn't with my friends.
Sometimes I miss the early 90's. During 1990-1992, I was at my 4th elementary school. Yes, you read correctly. I always had issues with my teachers and classmates. By the time I transferred to my 4th elementary school, I was in a lot of fist fights with boys yet I was an honor roll student, who had a good time with my friends at a ghetto elementary school. Actually, I learned more by attending Milwaukee Public Schools compared to when I moved into Wauwatosa and was forced to attend the Wauwatosa School District. Is that pathetic or what? I went from getting a better education in the ghetto to less of an education the 'burbs. LOL!
As I was saying, I had fun on my 4th elementary school's playground with my friends. In fact, some of us used to think we were "Fly Girls" like on the show, In Living Color. (At that time Jennifer Lopez was only a "Fly Girl"; She wasn't an established actress and/singer.) We would dance to some Digital Underground, Black Sheep, BoyZ II Men, and Bel Biv Devoe. Yeah, I was this nerdy, weirdo girl, who didn't have a ghetto accent yet I had a dash of "hood" in me. LOL!
Anyway, it's Song Saturday. Since I've talked so much about the 90's, I might as well mention, that there was a variety of music genre on radio stations and music channels. There was Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, Alternative, Grunge, Hard Rock, Metal, Pop, Pop-Rock, Pop-Punk, Industrial, Electronica, Experimental, etc. Nobody can say that for this last decade, including these last few years. I miss the days of there not being any Rihanna, Katy Perry, Miley Cirus, Justin Bieber, and when Lil' Wayne was only a rapper as opposed to being a genre. Don't get me wrong. I'll listen to some Lil' Wayne. Although, he's not the best rapper to have ever existed. Sometimes I miss the early 90's, when I could act stupid and do "The Humpty Dance" with my friends simply for laughs. It's a dumb, sexually suggestive dance by Shock G but it was meant to be comical. This is all I have to say for now. I leave you with some Old School Hip Hop by Digital Underground and Black Sheep.
Digital Underground "The Humpty Dance" Sex Packets (1990)
Black Sheep "The Choice Is Yours" A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing (1991)
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