As I’ve written about for various websites throughout my life, my favorite decade for pop culture is the 1980s. Whether in interviews or opinion pieces, the 80s is a recurring topic of mine for how they helped me through the dark times and led to the light of a better day. A question I rarely ask myself, though, is this: Is there anything from the 80s that I dislike? Is there anything from my favorite decade for pop culture that causes me to recoil in annoyance or disgust? Believe it or not, there is. While I greatly prefer the 80s to the 90s, here are five things from the 80s that I dislike, things that even I, a hardcore 80s pop culture fan, will not defend.
This December, I’ll be turning 35. My date of birth was December 22nd, 1982, and I started becoming aware of my surroundings in 1987, around the time I was 4 and 1/2 years old. I had no idea at that young age that the pop culture of the decade I was born in would become a guiding force in my life, but as I grew and matured, the decade’s films taught me valuable lessons, some of which wouldn’t impact me until adulthood while others struck me immediately. I’d like to share some of those lessons and the films they came from.