By Eve Epstein
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And as such, how much you actually liked the music was only part of why you loved the band; you loved what it said about you, what the band represented, and what it inspired, something that brought us together or drove us apart, inspired feelings of fierce loyalty or even violent outrage when somehow desecrated or misrepresented—much like my parents’ generation must have felt when watching that Sunkist commercial. Which gets at the thing I think is probably true for all generations: Generally speaking, when it comes to the music you cherish, it’s best to remember that anything terrible you can imagine, and a great number of terrible things you can’t, will almost certainly happen eventually.
Female teens were a troubled bunch, producing a growing collection of terrifying statistics about depression, eating disorders, confidence, and sex—and a lot of it had to do with male objectification. When it came to girl power, the band was unabashedly unapologetic about their no-boys-allowed attitude. Interviewers (especially the male ones) who questioned the singers about men were often met with a loud chorus of dissent, and the girls had a knack for putting inquiring minds in their place. During one American radio interview during which the deejay asked about “picking up guys,” Scary Spice started a smackdown, shouting: SCARY SPICE: Excuse me!
Of course, American Apparel has been the champion of hipster invention, furnishing us for years now with reproductions of the past such as leggings, stonewashed denim, fanny packs, or my personal favorite, short-shorts for men. In looking at Gen Y’s fashion trajectory, you almost have to discount AA because the company’s made it its business to put us in metallic leotards and sweatbands by force. Irony is what you expect at American Apparel; walk into any given outpost and you’ll undoubtedly experience a moment of feeling like you’re perusing wares in a costume shop.