When Hipsters Show Up On TV

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone into the clothing store, A.P.C., and thought to myself, “If only this were free. Ha. Ha. Ha.” But it’s not. It’s $800 dollars for a peacoat so then I walk away, feel sad for ten minutes and eat a falafel. Some hipster in L.A., however, was more determined. He attempted (unsuccessfully) to break into the store and risk life and limb for a delicate Kurt Cobain flannel. Whenever hipsters get any mainstream exposure, for attempted burglary or otherwise, I get kind of excited. Even though they’re technically everywhere, I still have trouble finding them in places like my television screen. It’s a shame, really, because when hipsters have appeared on television, the results have been nothing short of orgasmic.

This episode of Judge Judy is always a good reference point. It involves a hipster double threat: Williamsburg lesbians. In this particular case, a scorned lover sues her ex-girlfriend for allegedly selling her underwear on Craigslist. You can tell Judge Judy is just like, “What? Who are these women and why are they dressed like Stevie Nicks?” The lesbians also seem a little confused as to why they’re on Judge Judy instead of shopping at a vintage store but I suppose heartbreak can make you do wacky things.

A few weeks ago, a Brooklyn hipster showed up on Millionaire Matchmaker and actually was chosen for a date. Unfortunately, it was a total mismatch. Christos, a twenty-something animation rep who lived in Greenpoint, probably spent his days at alternative gay bar, Metropolitan, and barbecuing in McCarren Park with his super cute friends. David, an old WASPy gay, probably never set foot in Brooklyn and preferred to spend his time shopping in Chelsea on Ambien. Regardless of the outcome, it was still titillating to see such an alternative gay on the screen.

In a perfect world, there’d be more Christos’ and angry hipster lesbians on television. But I fear we have a long way to go before we’re able to achieve such an amazing thing. TC mark

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  • Jtprius510

    When hipsters show up on TV they some how manage to make everything awkwardly depressing, but in a good way.

  • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

    christos seems…sweet…

  • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

    at 6:01 he says 'taking it in' a second time in the manner i would say 'getting in on it' a second time…

  • http://hbgwhem.tumblr.com/ hbgwhem.tumblr.com

    One time me and my bros went to a taping of Colin Quin's TV show and he called us reject members of “System of a Down” during an audience segment. I don't think hipsters and TV mix.

    • your cousin

      Self-identifying hipster = not a hipster

  • http://www.facebook.com/wingedthing Leigh Alexander

    this makes me think of


    if you replace 'lame TV hipsters' with 'lame TV goths'

    xcept christos, i would maybe chill with him

    • Bensaucier

      this rules

      “we got you you'll never be happy!!!”

  • jeez

    just buy your apc shit on ebay… i mean fuck, i've seen nwot band of outsiders shirts go for like 50

  • christo's

    sweet apostrophe

  • http://twitter.com/billApomerans Bill A Pomerans

    do hipsters exist?

  • Izan

    I bet Christos reads Thought Catalog. Christos are you there?

  • http://twitter.com/brownnnbear Jocelyn

    not to be a typical fag hag or anything but i'd love to stop ingesting cruelty with christos.

  • http://kilakilakila.blogspot.com brittany wallace

    this judge judy one is really good

    http://www.funnyordie.com/vide

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363230138 Michael Koh

    in poetry reading this. sweet ass

  • Megan

    I just saw this and noticed a reference to Millionaire Matchmaker. Once upon a time, my mother quoted that show to get me to understand why I shouldn’t fuck a guy on the first date. 

  • Charles

    I think I have a huge crush on Christos now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/t.jason.ham Jason Ham

    Eugh am I the only one that found both Christos and David to be completely idiotic? I’m going to be a single old queen for the rest of my life, clearly…

    (No offense, Christos, since I KNOW you read TC)

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