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The Character Development Of Billie Eilish

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In today’s newsletter:
  • The character development of Billie Eilish
  • Tom Ford literally LOLed at House of Gucci
  • The OG tech bros are stepping down
  • Yo yo yo, Spotify Wrapped 
  • Do you pronounce ‘Z’ Zed or Zee?
The character development of Billie Eilish
Every year Billie Eilish must have October 18th blanked out on her calendar. Since 2017, it’s been reserved for Vanity Fair, who have been conducting the same interview with her for five years, and watching a time capsule of her character development is…. well, that’s on growth. This year is the first year that Billie looks and feels adult (if there were to be a look or a feeling of being adult, I myself, do not embody either.) What I love about these annual interviews is that she is never afraid to call out her younger self - for hiding things, for using too many inspirational quotes, for being a brat - it’s so fascinating to see one person go through so many phases and change so much each year, but I reckon if you or I were to do it, we’d see the same thing. It’s like when you were little and you’d bury a time capsule, except with this one, you dig it up each year, laugh at your responses, and write new ones.
They ask Billie each year what technology she’s most wowed by, and every year has felt pretty telling of the times. She listed things like facial recognition, holograms, wireless chargers, and robots (all things we’ve discusses in Extremely Online), but this year she said, without a beat, the covid-19 vaccine. And then she said this cute thing.
You should really go and watch the full interview. It’s super heartwarming and though she says nothing will ever match her 2019 ego, in 2021 she really does seem Happier Than Ever. 
PS: give the person who came up with this idea a RAISE.
Billie Eilish: Same Interview, The Fifth Year | Vanity Fair
Billie Eilish: Same Interview, The Fifth Year | Vanity Fair
House of Gucci made Tom Ford literally LOL
House of Gucci (you know, that film that Lady Gaga went full method on) is everywhere at the moment. Full disclosure, I’m yet to see it - but a couple of headlines about it caught my eye yesterday, so I’m writing about it anyway. First of all, Tom Ford - former creative director of Gucci, said he “laughed out loud” during the screening. Even though he did praise Lady Gaga’s work, he said after watching it he was “deeply sad for several days” and that it was hard for him to “see the humour and camp” in something that was so bloody. 
Tom Ford isn’t the only one who has thoughts. The Gucci family have weighed in too, releasing a statement saying that “the production of the film did not bother to consult the heirs before describing Aldo Gucci — president of the company for 30 years [played by Al Pacino in the film] — and the members of the Gucci family as thugs, ignorant and insensitive to the world around them.”
“This is extremely painful from a human point of view and an insult to the legacy on which the brand is built today,” it noted.
The statement goes on to say that the male-dominated corporate culture that was portrayed in the film was actually untrue, and that ‘several women’ had top jobs back then, actually. 
That settles it, I need to watch this film.
Big tech’s first generation of founders starts to step aside
Loved this from The Verge. We could see it happening, but I guess I hadn’t really thought about all the OG tech bros starting to pass the baton as a phenomenon, or ‘end of an era’ vibe. Founders of some of the companies that formed the world we live in now are starting to step down or step aside, and while it leaves a whole lot of unknown (what will a post-Dorsey Twitter look like?) it’s also kinda exciting. 
Here are a few examples via The Verge:
  • Twitter — On Monday, November 29th, Jack Dorsey announced he was leaving Twitter, and said: “I’ve decided to leave Twitter because I believe the company is ready to move on from its founders.”
  • Amazon — In July 2021, Jeff Bezos officially handed the CEO position of Amazon over to former Amazon Web Services head Andy Jassy.
  • Apple —  Around the time of his 10-year anniversary as CEO of Apple in 2021, Tim Cook said he doesn’t intend to run the company for another decade.
  • ByteDance — Zhang Yiming, founder of the company that owns TikTok, announced he’d be stepping down as CEO this May. In an internal letter, he said he worried about “relying too much on the ideas I had before starting the company.”
  • Google — In August 2015, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin moved on to overseeing Alphabet, the holding company for Google’s disparate properties. The shakeup was seen as them taking their hands off the search engine company, leaving Sundar Pichai in charge, and in 2019 Pichai took over as CEO of Alphabet as well.
  • Instagram — In September 2018, Instagram’s co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger announced they were stepping down, reportedly after major disagreements with Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Netflix — In July 2020, Ted Sarandos joined Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings as co-CEO. 
No one gets a prize for spotting who is missing from this list :-)
Yo yo yo, Spotify Wrapped (i hope u get my joke)
If the person who thought of the year-on-year Vanity Fair interview gets a raise, whoever thought of Spotify Wrapped should be made CEO. Tis the damn season for everyone to complain about people sharing their Spotify Wrapped’s but to then think they are the exception and post their own (I actually do want to see yours.) And since I’m a massive hypocrite, my top 5 artists of the year were:
  1. Sufjan Stevens
  2. Bo Burnham
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Caroline Polachek
  5. Lorde
The person I binged listened to the most was: 
  • Banks
And the genre’s I listened to the most were:
  • Indie pop
  • Electro pop
  • Art pop
  • Dance pop
  • Boy bands
Also, my ‘Audio Aura’ is: ‘Wistful and Focussed’, which is funny because my real life aura is whatever the opposite of wistful is, and chaotic. Good to see I don’t give off that vibe to Spotify though. Can’t have them seeing the real me.
Do you pronounce ‘Z’ Zed or Zee?
Another region-specific mundane poll! I’ll try and find some mundane things that don’t accentuate how much it really is the US vs The Rest, ok? This one, though, was actually pretty even:
  • 45% of you say ‘Zed’
  • 55% of you say ‘Zee’
No further explanation sorry, too busy looking at all your Spotify Wrapped’s.
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