Pop Culture from March to Now By Elissa Eaton

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Throughout the pandemic, everyday felt similar yet pop culture trends changed very rapidly. Along with the pop culture, TikTok sounds went viral for about a month and then became a thing of the past. Listening to these sounds and taking a look at what was popular throughout the pandemic will take you back to this interesting time and maybe even cause you to feel a bit nostalgic.


Netflix released Tiger King in the U.S. on March 20, a documentary that follows multiple people, notably Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin, in the strange underworld of big cat breeding and exotic pets.

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Because gyms were closed, many people were forced to workout from home. YouTube workout videos were extremely popular, especially youtuber Chloe Ting’s free two week shred program. She has gained over 15 million subscribers on YouTube since February.

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Outer Banks is a Netflix drama that was released in the U.S. on April 15. It is about four teenagers who are trying to find lost treasure that is linked to the main character, John B’s father’s disappearance.

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The Last Dance is a 10 episode ESPN documentary, with its first episode released on April 19. It covers Michael Jordan’s timeline and the behind the scenes of the 90’s Chicago Bulls dynasty. This documentary includes several interviews with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Phil Jackson and many others.


On May 15, Avatar the Last Airbender went onto Netflix. In this animation, the world is divided into four nations, the Water Tribe, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation and Air Nomads. Only one Avatar is the master of all four elements and he must fight to save the world from the tyranny of the Fire Nation.

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On May 30, SpaceX successfully launched two astronauts into space for the first time.


Many people, notably Gen Z and Kpop fans were very creative when it came to trolling the Trump campaign. In June, they registered for tickets for a re-election rally in Tulsa and never showed up. President Trump tweeted that almost one million tickets were reserved yet only 6,200 supporters ended up attending the rally.



On July 4, Kanye West announced that he was running for president. He qualified for ballot access in 12 states and received about 60,000 votes. (8)

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In July, many creators on TikTok stirred up conspiracy theories that Howie Mandel was being held captive due to his strange behavior in his TikToks. The theories did not stop there; creators also theorized that the online shopping app Wayfair may be linked to human trafficking. Both of these theories were debunked.

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In July, there were rumors of a One Direction reunion in celebration of the group's 10th anniversary on July 23. Instead of a reunion, the group released a trove of archival content, much to the dismay of fans.

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Towards the end of July and the beginning of August, the NBA and NHL resumed their seasons, and the MLB began their season. In this unique season, almost all sports were happening at once with shortened seasons and no fans were allowed at the games.

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On Aug. 4, the video game Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout was released for Microsoft Windows and Playstation 4. The multiplayer battle royale game takes up to 60 players through five rounds of increasingly chaotic obstacle courses with an objective to reach the finish.


In September, ghost photoshoots gained popularity on TikTok. Creators shared their photos to the song Oh Klahoma by Jack Stauber on TikTok

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On Sept. 8, Kim Kardashian-West announced that the reality TV show Keeping up with the Kardashians would be ending after its 20th season. The show has followed the family since 2007.


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On Oct. 7, during the vice presidential debate, a fly landed on Vice President Mike Pence’s hair. In the days after the debate, there were multiple memes and fake accounts for the fly.

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On Oct. 12, the Los Angeles Lakers won their 17th championship. This win was a very symbolic victory for the team due to the death of former Laker Kobe Bryant in January.


In October, the mobile game Among Us became extremely popular. The game takes place in a space themed setting in which players are one of 2 roles, the imposter or one of the crewmates. On Oct. 20, New York Representative Alexandia Ocasio-Cortez streamed the game on Twitch while talking about the importance of voting.


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On October 23rd, Netflix released The Queen’s Gambit. The limited series is about Beth Harmon, an young, orphaned girl who discovers her astonishing talent for chess while struggling with addiction. The series became the most watched limited series in November.

Overall, this year has been very difficult for many and pop culture has been an escape. Many people will look back at this year with pure negativity and fail to see any good that came out. Whether these events take you back to a hard time or caused you to reminisce, the year 2020 has left an interesting mark on the timeline of pop culture.