As UC Santa Barbara’s class of 2027 sat for their convocation ceremony in Week 0, they were blessed to receive an extremely hilarious speech from Chancellor Henry T. Yang. Amongst his timely references, one stuck out as being the most moving: Barbenheimer.
As a wee first-year student, I found this reference so inspiring, and it really formed a bond between Yang and myself. It got me thinking about the lore and excellence of Barbenheimer, along with how saddened I am that so few people are talking about it nowadays.
While some may have initially seen discourse surrounding Barbenheimer on TikTok or X, it actually began on the walls of caves millions of years ago.
“‘Barbie’ so womanhood! Love Christopher Nolan. Must kill horse,” caveman and 2.5-millionth-year communication major Oog Boog said.
When both “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” graced theaters on July 21, it felt like the whole world rushed out to watch the much-anticipated double feature. This mass hysteria was reflected online as social media’s greatest minds shared their highly intellectual takes.
“‘Oppenheimer’ was literally so problematic. Bombing people is so not cool,” second-year religious studies major Anton Popov said. “I just needed to let the people of TikTok know that he wasn’t a chill dude. Why did they even make that movie?”
It may feel like we’ve been hearing about Barbenheimer forever now — but is that a bad thing? Why would you ever want to stop hearing such nuanced and educated opinions from 15-year-old BTS stan account owners?
Aside from the cerebral entertainment of these takes, Barbenheimer also had revolutionary social repercussions and riddled society with some of its oldest injustices.
“‘Barbie’ single-handedly ended misogyny, I can tell you that,” feminist studies professor Linda Montez said. “It was so empowering to hear about the meaning of womanhood from Mattel. The movie connected women everywhere with no ulterior or corporate motives whatsoever.”
If we stopped talking about Barbenheimer, we would simply revert to the old ways of discrimination and angry men. Continuing this riveting conversation is the only solution to societal issues.
However, we cannot stop there. Certain trends must live on in order to maintain social order. For instance, we must keep reminiscing about our Among Us nostalgia. Among Us’ rise to popularity was truly the most groundbreaking and significant event of 2020.
“Yearning for Among Us is inherent to human nature. It is truly unnatural to suggest that people stop talking about how fun it was. Discriminatory, even,” sociology professor Jim Wiley said.
What you may call trends, I call pillars of a healthy society. We cannot simply leave these earth-shattering milestones behind. How would you feel if the world didn’t listen to that virgin when she had that baby? Think, Gauchos, and keep talking.