Open Post: Hosted By The Explanation Of What A Mall Is From Netflix’s Abercrombie & Fitch Documentary
Do you remember a time when boy bands ruled the earth, teenage boys obsessively frosted their tips, and Abercrombie & Fitch dominated the fashion landscape? Then you might remember malls! And if you remember malls then you are categorically an OLD! In fact, you’re so old that a recent Netflix documentary had to take a moment to explain to the children what exactly a “mall” (pronounced MAW-LL) was. It’s time to grab your Metamucil and start weeping for your long-lost youth!
Back in the day, malls were a location where teens would congregate to hang out, talk shit about Kimberly, and buy overpriced polo tees. Netflix’s documentary White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch took us back to those idyllic days to explain why America’s teens were obsessed with buying low-quality shirts with a moose logo on them. Part of that reason was the mall. While some of us remember the importance of a mall, some of today’s youths have no idea what the hell a shopping center is. Enter Netflix’s attempt at explaining it. According to Newsweek:
Netflix’s new documentary White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch has been enthralling viewers with its true-life tale of scandal and nostalgia, but one contributor is really getting people talking.
The documentary explores the numerous controversies around the iconic 1990s and early 2000s fashion brand and has been a hot topic on Twitter this week.
One unnamed man featured in the film has baffled viewers with his bizarre description of a shopping mall.
White Hot in part is an ode to mall culture of the 90s and early 2000s and the unique experience they provided for consumers of that era, especially teenagers.
“Imagine a search engine you could walk through,” the man in the documentary says of malls. “Or an online catalog that’s an actual place.”
am dying at this guy in the abercrombie&fitch netflix documentary explaining the concept of a shopping mall pic.twitter.com/B3mCLiCFml
— bela (@elon_degeneres) April 19, 2022
It’s like the Metaverse but like in real life! If that comment made you crumble into irrelevant dust, you can take solace in the fact that there are legions of Millennials and Gen X-ers that feel the same way.
There’s a new doc on Netflix about Abercrombie & Fitch and they’re explaining what a mall is which has made me realize there’s people who are young adults who don’t know what a mall is pic.twitter.com/mHF1QAqoXa
— EXCESSIVELY BLACK BLANCOFEMOPHOBIC (@oddbri_xo) April 19, 2022
Not abercrombie and fitch being talked about like a history book now 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/seXri2h0Ba
— Jasmeen (@JasmeenD) April 22, 2022
Time marches on, I guess. And thankfully, we are no longer under the grip of a company that often hired “models” with no retail experience in the front and put the other people in the back. While I personally don’t miss Abercrombie (I was more of a knockoff JNCO person), I do miss the mall. Where else am I supposed to show off my new butterfly clips and subject others to the aromatic stench of Bath & Body Works’ iconic Cucumber Melon?! It’s just not the same in the office!