Twelve years before Justin Bieber dropped his debut album, My World, and shook the tween universe with his side-swept bangs, there was Aaron Carter.

The younger brother of Backstreet Boy's heartthrob Nick Carter, Aaron was responsible for some of the most iconic hits of 2000, from "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)" and "That's How I Beat Shaq" to his overplayed cover of The Strangelove's "I Want Candy." Carter arguably "paved the way" for today's tween pop stars like Bieber to become cultural phenomenons.

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My Humps Black Eyed Peas

It's hard to think about the music that came after 2000 and before 2010.

Filled with a seemingly endless collection of plastic, surface-level pop songs that served no purpose other than to dominate the radio and wriggle themselves into our eardrums, the first half of the 2000s was a special kind of terrible.

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The 13 Worst Celebrity Tattoos

Feel better about your life choices after looking at this absolutely disastrous ink.

Celebrities are not known for their good decisions, but a few bad press cycles can usually heal with time.

On the other hand, tattoos are forever.

Tattoos are beautiful, personal methods of expression, and nobody has the right to judge whether a tattoo is "good or bad." Yet here we are. Here's a list of the most egregious, horrible, and disconcerting celebrity tattoos, so you can feel better about your life choices at the expense of someone else's.


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A Defense of Face Tattoos (and a Few Cautionary Tales)

Face tattoos are far from just SoundCloud trends.

Face tattoos have a pretty bad rap.

We love to make fun of them, laughing at the knowledge that there are people out there who are going to be stuck with a garish numerical figure on their foreheads or a phrase like "Always Tired" under their eyes for the rest of their lives.

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On the other hand, tattoos in general have always received harsh criticism. Though every millennial seems to have at least a few fine-line arm tattoos nowadays, all over the world and in many faiths, tattoos are sacrilegious, evidence of Satan's corrupting influence or its many iterations. Thus, tattoos have always been mechanisms of subversion and counterculture, whether as markers of membership in certain groups, or monikers of individuality, or signifiers of devotion to a certain kind of art or person. They've been ways of reclaiming or altering one's physical appearance, ways of taking ownership of a body that, all too often, capitalism and the media try to devour or force to align with some standard.

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How Pop Got Political This Election

Find out who is Pro-Clinton and who is Pro-Trump

After an exhausting presidential campaign that left us with over a terabyte-worth of Trump-related memes and gifs, Election Day is finally around the corner. Think about it, after November 8, quotes like "grab them by the p***y" will finally begin fading away from our memories. Pop had a role in the election, because, yes, pop stars have serious thoughts about politics too, silly! So as we get closer to electing a new Commander in Chief, we wanted to recount the top #PopGetsPolitical moments from this whole big, crazy mess.

Pro-Clinton

Lady Gaga

Gaga originally announced her support for Clinton by donning an American flag leotard, naturally. During an interview with Howard Stern, Lady Gaga talked about how much she hoped that election day was as peaceful as possible.

"I just pray for a peaceful Election Day… there should not be violence that day. That should be a peaceful day when we all remember that we're in this together. That's all that I really hope for."

During a BBC One interview, she spoke briefly, and v tactfully, on why she prefers Clinton over Trump. I think she will do a good job.Some people want to win races, other people want to be president of the United States and change people's lives," she said. "It's about the intention."

Katy Perry

Katy Perry has been extremely vocal supporter of Hillary, even going so far as to dress up as the former Secretary of State for Halloween. Performed at a Clinton rally in Iowa, donning a sequined white gown and an American flag cape.

She also stripped down in a hilarious Funny or Die video to get people out to the ballots. Patriotic!

Beyonce

Beyoncé has not been as much of a fervent supporter for Hillary Clinton as she was during President Obama's two presidential campaigns. However, the star was spotted at a Clinton fundraising event and recently delivered a powerful speech at one of her concerts that all but said: DON'T LET TRUMP WIN.

"I know this year has been extremely hard for us," she said. "I know sometimes I've felt powerless and frustrated. There's been so much negativity and nonsense. It can be easy to feel hopeless and want to just block the world out but doing nothing right now is not an option, y'all. I know it seems like things are bad, but if you think they can't get worse, just ask your grandparents. "Remember, Barack Obama is our president," she continued. "You made that happen. Young people made that happen. We are not helpless. The fire is still burning. Please go out and vote this November. So many people have died and sacrificed so much for us to have our voice. We have to use it. Get in formation. Use our voices to do something great for our children."

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez performed at the "Get Out and Vote" concert in Miami this Saturday, hoping to encourage people to get out and vote through the sheer power of her hips.


Pro-Trump

Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks came out in support of Trump for a very... interesting… reason.

"I only trust this country to be what it is: full of shit. takes shit to know shit so we may as well, put a piece of shit in the White House," the controversial rapper said in a series of tweets. She finished with, "In conclusion, I think Donald trump is evil like America is evil and in order for America to keep up with itself it needs him."

Aaron Carter

The "I Love Candy" singer came out in support of Trump during an interview with PEOPLE. When asked to elaborate on why he supported the Republican candidate, Aaron said, "I'm too intelligent for you guys -- like people, who don't understand politics. I have a lot more information than I've given out," he said.

Kid Rock

The Republican National Convention was a notably much less star-studded affair when compared to Democratic National Convention. Kid Rock was the biggest performer at the RNC, coming out in support for Trump. He told Rolling Stone, "Let the business guy run the country like a business."

Hilary Duff is finally addressing those seriously creepy tweets Aaron Carter posted about her earlier this year.

As you may recall, after Hilary announced she and Mike Comrie were separating Aaron, who Hilary dated forever ago, posted some (probably drunken) tweets about getting back with "the love of his life".

"Don't be that stupid dick that loses that love of your life forever. Like me…I'll spend the rest of my life trying to better myself to get back to her. I don't care what any of you think," he said.

When someone asked if he was referring to Hilary, he said "Sure am".

Although Hilary never publicly responded to the weirdo messages, she was aware of them and finds the whole thing a bit strange.

"He does, I keep seeing that, that he keeps doing that. I don't know how I feel," she told Buzzfeed. "I mean, that was so long ago, and obviously I'm still married and I have a baby and we kind of just…don't know each other. So, yeah…"

Hilary is too classy to say this, so we will:

Hey Aaron - STOP IT. MOVE ON! YOU ARE BEING UBER CREEPY.

Ok then.