Welcome back! Here’s to the second part of the fem-tastic top 17 best moments in 2017! Now where were we…
Date Change for the Hottest 100
Every year on Australia Day (January 26th), large swathes of youth all over the country celebrate the nation’s ‘birthday’. They crack out beach cricket bats, fire up a BBQ, grab a couple dozen ice-cold ones to combat the ridiculous heat and tune into national public radio station Triple J to countdown the hottest 100 songs of the previous year.
But if you’re an Indigenous Australian, this day marks the permanent arrival of Europeans and 200+ years of colonial decimation (including outright acts of genocide). “Invasion Day” or “Survival Day”, as many First Australians call it, is a cruel reminder of the systematic devastation on the land and a people who, to this day, have never ceded sovereignty.
So when the radio station mentioned above decided to change the date on which the iconic musical countdown takes place, many Australians rejoiced and were hopeful that this is the first step towards a date change for the holiday itself, and the establishment of a national celebration that everyone can get behind.
Best Home Décor
Inflatable peacock pool floaties and lamps in the shape of pineapples top this year’s best designs. Were these items available for purchase before 2017? Probably. Does that diminish the sheer magnitude of their majesty in the context of the year’s cultural landscape? I think we all know the answer.