Mike D commented in episode 6 that he did not like the Tom Cruise film “Jerry Maguire”. Inspired by this, in Episode 7 we connect Mike’s comment to discuss how hipster this is. “But Joe,” you say, “how does not liking Tom Cruise and hipsters relate to each other?”. Strange connection between the two, I know, but let me elaborate.
If I were to name all of the movies Tom Cruise has starred in to someone in their 30’s, it’s arguable that they have most likely seen at least half of them. I’d venture a guess that even the younger folk would admit to seeing at least five of his more recent films. So the idea that people must like Tom Cruise is an argument I make based off the fact that a strong majority are watching so many of his movies. People are watching him, so people must love him. A sound argument, right? Then why doesn’t Mike D stop being a douchebag and fall in line?
It’s pretty safe to say poor Tom has had his share of bad press. Whether it be his uncompromising dedication to Scientology (fighting the good fight alongside Dana’s cabbage?), his affinity towards megalomania, or outright odd behavior (cough, Oprah Winfrey “I’m in LOOOOOVE!” cough), I think we tend to intermix our judgment of Tom the actor and Tom the IRL person.
To be fair however, preconceptions we make based on bad press should be tossed out when making judgment on ol’ Tom simply because 99% of us do not have TC in our lives personally. We have him in our lives only because he is in our movies! What is my point? I’m not entirely sure…but originally I believed that to hate Tom cruise is to adopt a hipster’s approach to pop culture; an easy way to go against the grain, if you will. But that turns out to be false.
As I questioned more and more people about this, I found that a lot of them have negative feelings towards TCruise. In fact, the majority of people I spoke to don’t like Tom at all. Armed with this knowledge, it now seems maybe my argument should be that to be hipster IS to love Tom Cruise. Based on my findings that Mr. Cruise is apparently so uncool, any true hipster HAS to. Ha! I got you good you fucker!
Follow the pack or jump on that Vespa towards a screening of Top Gun 2. I’ll see you there, you wide-rimmed-glasses wearing sonofabitch! I have to stop off at the tattoo parlor to touch up my TC armband beforehand, but I’ll see you after for fucking sure!
Tom Cruise I love you. Tom Cruise I love you. Tom Cruise I love you. Tom Cruise I love you. Tom Cruise I love you. Tom Cruise I love you. Tom Cruise I love you. Tom Cruise I love you. Tom Cruise I love you. Tom Cruise I love you. Tom Cruise I love you. Tom Cruise I love you. Tom Cruise I love you.
….JK. He’s just alright.
(My thanks goes out to Mike D for his editing and art.)