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This week on the internet: Hanukkah movies, 2020 fandom, and Hot Girl S**t

The Internet Insider.

 

Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Published Dec 11, 2020

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  • What counts as a Hanukkah movie?
  • ‘I can’t talk right now, I’m doing hot girl s**t’
  • Tumblr users turned to old fandoms in 2020

BREAK THE INTERNET

What counts as a Hanukkah movie?

Earlier this week, a Hanukkah category came up during a (virtual) film trivia I participated in, and it made me realize how few Hanukkah movies exist. Sure, there are a number of films where there’s a brief Hanukkah scene or maybe a menorah in the background…but an actual Hanukkah film? There’s only a handful. 

If you asked most people to name a title where they’ve seen Hanukkah represented, they’d probably cite Adam Sandler’s animated musical Eight Crazy Nights, or perhaps the Rugrats special episode. The 1986 classic animated film An American Tail also depicts a memorable Hanukkah scene in a story about a Russian-Jewish family of mice. 

But there are not many recent Hanukkah films, outside a couple of Lifetime films, leading to people making up their own rules for what is considered a Hanukkah film. Vulture’s Rachel Handler just made the case for Black Swan as a Hanukkah film, and others on Twitter are offering their own unconventional Hanukkah movie picks. 

My favorite recent Hanukkah film is Call Me By Your Name. Wait, CMBYN is a Hanukkah movie? Yes! (See the image above for proof.) At the end of the film, we see Elio (Timothée Chalamet) celebrate Hanukkah with his family before he sits down to cry in front of a fireplace while “Visions of Gideon” by Sufjan Stevens plays in the background. What could be more fitting for 2020?

—Tiffany Kelly, culture editor


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‘I can’t talk right now, I’m doing hot girl s**t’

Megan Thee Stallion’s “Girls in the Hood” is soundtracking a new trend on TikTok. The single, released in June and included on new album Good News, espouses the virtues of being a “hot girl” and doing “hot shit.”

On TikTok, an audio sample stating, “I can’t talk right now, I’m doing hot girl shit,” is being used to transition into different examples and interpretations of hot girl shit. What counts as “hot girl shit”? It can be anything, from intimate grooming to dancing in a onesie. 

Here’s why it matters: The trend speaks to how people are coping during the pandemic, and the activities that bring them comfort.

—Audra Schroeder, senior writer


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CULTURAL OBSESSIONS

Tumblr users turned to old fandoms in 2020

Earlier this week, Tumblr released its annual Year in Review package, which showcases what its users have been discussing and searching for over the past year. Despite its 2019 debut, people couldn’t stop talking about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

“Star Wars is one of those things where it’s such a massive property that it touches everything,” Amanda Brennan, Tumblr’s trend expert, told the Daily Dot. “Whether or not you’re in the fandom or tangential to the fandom, you’re probably going to be talking about it, to see what’s going on in the conversation.”

Other fandoms that reached the top of Tumblr’s lists? Animal Crossing, Twilight, and Lord of the Rings.

Here’s why it matters: As it turns out, there’s some comfort in revisiting a story where you already know the ending, especially during a pandemic. “Right now, we’re in a world where a major news event happens every two hours; it feels overwhelming,” Brennan explained.

—Michelle Jaworski, staff writer


BEHIND THE SEAMS

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Aliens, please let us in!


WORK SLACK

“I can smell that Big Breakfast.”

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*First Published: Dec 11, 2020, 11:53 am CST