My Saturday morning childhood ritual looked something like this...Wake up, have a bowl of the most artificially coloured cereal possible—Lucky Charms—topped with fresh cold full fat cow’s milk, and sit in front of the telly to dream.
And what’s truly, truly outrageous is that when my mum was in the hospital (to this day I’m not even sure why, yes, I know, clearly we’ve got some communication issues) I cried like a Madelene because I was missing out on my favourite 80’s cartoon classic as we had to go and visit her. I’m telling you ISSUES are rife!
For the uninitiated, Jem and the Holograms ran from 1985 to 1988 and kept gracing our TV’s for 5 more years. There was a horrible movie remake in 2015, but the OTT fashion cartoon was the lifeblood of many millennials. The show stars Jerrica Benton, her sister Kimber, and her friends Aja (a techy, mechanics savvy tomboy) and Shana (the band’s fashion designer). Then, there’s Synergy, she was Jerrica’s personal hyper realistic hologram creator. With her synthesiser electric fairy godmother, Jerrica transformed herself into a pink haired rock goddess called Jem, and her friends (blood sister and adoptive sisters) became The Holograms. They’re the most popular band in the world and spend their time battling the ultra cool arch-nemeses, the Misfits. These dudettes were my fave.
“I’m a designing woman (I’ve got what it takes), I’m a designing woman (I make my own breaks).”
— PHYLLIS "PIZZAZZ" GABOR, MISFITS
And these are the lessons I learnt:
We are supposed to understand that this attitude is wrong, and you won’t be liked and you won’t make it to the top. But their self-confidence is so appealing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying, be a dick. I’m saying it doesn’t hurt to channel this entitlement into getting what we want.
I mean??? What brilliant lyrics!!! I need not say more.
Have I just gone on and on about a cartoon you’ve never seen? Or are you full of nostalgia because you remember exactly what I’m talking about?