"Reality itself is too obvious to be true."
In the waking capitalist nightmare that is 2019 America, the absurdity of the daily news cycle has no limits.
Very little even breaks through the average person's carefully constructed mental barriers anymore. Possible nuclear war with North Korea? Whatever. Trump shutting down the government? Yawn. High ranking government officials going to jail for collusion with Russia? Just another Wednesday in the land of the free.
But every now and then, something comes along that crashes into our collective conscience, rearranges our cultural identity, and shocks the nation to its core. Post Malone, a human croc, has come out with an updated version of the iconic rubber clog. The original Post Malone crocs were bright yellow, covered in a barbed wire design, and come with six Jibbitz, including a saw blade, snake, and PM-2 logo. They retail for $59.99, coincidentally, $1.99 more than it costs to send a girl in Syria or Nigeria to school for a full year. And, they sold out in minutes. Twice.
#PostMaloneXCrocs and Jibbitz are gone! https://t.co/BowyMqbqV5— Crocs Shoes (@Crocs Shoes)1544564129.0
The newest Post Malone croc is a little bit different, with a black and blue exterior and velcro strap fastening, clearly an answer to the question: "Can we make crocs uglier?"
To add to the absurdity, the rapper gave away pairs of the new crocs at the Chicken Express in Southlake, Texas before the official December 10th release date. According to News Week, "Fans who visited the restaurant, where Malone used to work, ordered 'The Posty Special,' which came with chicken, fries and a pair of Crocs." Terence Reilly, Crocs Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, said in a press release: "After three collaborations—all selling out in minutes —we heard our fans' demands for more and I'm pleased that this will be our biggest drop ever. We're excited to give them another opportunity to own these limited-edition Post Malone x Crocs that are no doubt going to make waves around the planet."
We've analyzed post-Post Malone America before, but now more than ever, it's clear that as a country, as a world, we're standing at a crossroads. Do we lean in? Do we accept the inevitability of death and parade around in footwear that looks like someone skinned a minion and made a shoe out of its hide or like a military issued mistake? Or do we fight back, refusing to succumb to the nihilism beating down our proverbial door and insist on wearing sensible sneakers like god intended?
I think, in our hearts, we all know the answer: the popularity of Post Malone crocs prove that it's simply too late. All that's left to do is embrace all that we've become. Don your Post Malone crocs and Kylie Jenner lip kit and sink into the soft bed of apocalypse. Let the ice caps melt, bathe in the tears of the polar bears, breathe deeply the greenhouse gases, and abandon yourself to the rising chaos. Raise your voice, raise it to the heavens, and sing at the top of your lungs, " Ayy, I've been f*ckin' hoes and poppin' pillies/ Man, I feel just like a CROCstar"
Please enjoy the following list of other products we're interested in seeing carry on the Post Malone brand:
Post Malone yoni egg (fake gold and textured)
Post Malone-flavored Pedialyte (tastes like Olive Garden croutons)
Post Malone hair net, made of barbed wire
Post Malone Chia Pet
Artistic credit to the radiant Rebecca Linde
Post Malone post office (we didn't feel like we had a choice here)
Fu*k it...Post Malone Furbie
Post Mate Malone (only delivers PBR and half smoked cigarettes)
Post Malone Dishwasher, but you can only put clothes in it
Post Malone Washing Machine, but you can only but dishes in it
Post Malone fence post (we're honestly so sorry)"If we believe in nothing, if nothing has any meaning and if we can affirm no values whatsoever, then everything is possible and nothing has any importance."
― Albert Camus
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- Listen to Post Malone Cover Nirvana Songs Live This Friday - Popdust ›
- Post Malone x Crocs Barbed Wire Classic Clog: Release Info ›
- Crocs, Post Malone have new shoe - Business Insider ›
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- Would you pay $60 for Post Malone-themed Crocs? A lot of people did ›
- Post Malone X Crocs Charm 3-Pack 1 Jibbitz™ - Crocs ›
- Post Malone line of Crocs sold out in minutes - CNN Video ›
- Limited Edition Post Malone Crocs - Crocs ›
Even to this day, "Dark Tournament" remains the defining shonen "Tournament Arc."
Oftentimes, it's impossible to separate the quality of the anime we grew up watching from the sense of nostalgia those series evoke.
Case in point: Dragon Ball Z. Historically, DBZ is likely the most influential anime series of all time, both redefining the shonen genre for every series that came after it and introducing an entire generation of Western kids to Japanese animation through the legendary Funimation dub on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Chances are high that if you meet someone who loves anime and grew up in the late '90s or early 2000s, they'll have a deeply personal bond with DBZ.
At the same time, it's hard to argue that DBZ holds up in the modern day, especially for new viewers coming in with fresh eyes. The pacing of the original series is super slow, the fights drag out forever, and while DBZ created so many of shonen's most prevalent tropes ("This isn't even my final form!"), almost everything DBZ ever did has since been done better by other series.
About a year after being accused of selling furniture to ICE detention centers, e-commerce site Wayfair is in another controversy.
Wayfair, the e-commerce website beloved by millennials on a budget who don't want their apartments to look just like IKEA showrooms, is no stranger to controversy.
Last summer, employees of the company organized a protest after allegations surfaced that Wayfair had sold $200,000 worth of furniture to border detention facilities. Now, Wayfair is being suspected of trafficking missing children in their furniture.