Comedian Ashley Hesseltine, the brains behind the Instagram page ‘Bros Being Basic’ is well aware of the irony that has grown around the concept of being ‘basic.’ What began as a snooty insult that poked fun at middle-class, mainly white girls who blindly follow mainstream trends, it took on a life of its own as more people became familiar with it.
Over time, girls who love pumpkin lattes, pouty selfies on Instagram, leggings and all the other things associated with being basic decided simply not to care and started to celebrate their basicness instead. And because one of the main characteristics of being basic is not knowing that you are basic, this self-awareness took the sting of the insult completely. Because why should anyone be looked down upon for the things they choose to like?
“The reaction has been nothing but positive,” Ashley told Bored Panda. “It almost feels more like paying homage to women instead of mocking them. I’m a female and a feminist, so I’m naturally able to…
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