Here we are, on the last day of the year. I don't know about you but I am thrilled that it's over. For me, it seemed like 2008 was just utter crap on every level — economic collapse, ongoing war, the revoking of gay rights, "The Love Guru."
If I may give a shoutout to Xtra's sassy little sister, fab magazine, I covered all the highs and lows in 2008: The Year in Gay, trying to laugh through my tears.
And despite the rollercoaster of the utterly insane election campaigns in both Canada and the US, at least pop culture was fun: we had some exhilarating films — The Dark Knight, WALL-E, Milk — and while I thought Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" would end up 2008's most ubiquitous song, who knew Beyoncé would take over at year's end? If you're not sick to death of "Single Ladies" yet, this routine by three dancers from Broadway's "The Color Purple" is pretty fantastic:
So let's go kick up our heels tonight and forget this ridiculous, dreadful year. It all reminded me of a little video I once edited for fun — I mashed up a terrifying film (Terry Gilliam's nightmare future of "Brazil") with the happiest of songs (ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky") and ended up with something that somehow summed up 2008 for me:
I'll be thinking of that line in 2009: "We're all in this together." I hope you all have a great New Year's Eve and don't get trampled to death by Jonas Brothers fans. Perhaps British
comic Russell Brand will as he tries to make out with them. One can
Tomorrow: reasons why 2009 will be better than everyone thinks — bring 'em on!