Flavor of the Week: Open LettersPosted: January 15, 2014
It’s trendy to write in list form (i.e. “10 Things You Learn By Being A Slut in College” or something like that on BuzzFeed) and it’s trendy to be dry, witty, cynical, and funny. In other words, the Internet is experiencing the writing phenomenon I went through during the few months in which my OCD/anxiety peaked. This phenomenon includes the trendy way to tell someone to shut the f*** up in the most PC manner possible: by writing an “open letter.”
An open letter is exactly what it sounds like–a letter addressed to one person that everyone can read. Since we no longer believe in the Postal Service (deuces, Saturday mail), these letters are published digitally for all the world to see. The open letter is the over-exercised protest of the 21st century.
I’m sick of reading civilian pleas against the narcissism in our society, exemplified here on McSweeney’s nonfiction series of “Open Letters To People Or Entities Who Are Unlikely To Respond.” So, I threw together a little list of pitches for open letters we’d actually want to read.
Open Letter to: The People That Work At Chipotle
Subject: We need to discuss the guac sitch
Open Letter to: Lindsay Lohan
Subject: Don’t screw this one up, we are rooting for you
Open Letter to: Girl Sitting Next To Me On Airplane
Subject: Stop looking at my screen
Open Letter to: Chris Christie
Subject: No offense, but you couldn’t seriously have thought that causing a traffic jam would cause people to hate their mayor which would consequently cause you to win a presidential election
Open Letter to: Justin Bieber
Subject: How can you be wasting Grade A eggs if there are starving children in Africa?
Open Letter to: My Ancestors
Subject: My slow metabolism
Open Letter to: Cake
Subject: Your high calorie count
Open Letter to: Miley Cyrus
Subject: Twerk all you want but we want your bun back and we want it now
Open Letter to: Condé Nast
Subject: You closed your internship program, you crushed my dreams
Open Letter to: Hilary Duff
Subject: Sorry to hear about your divorce but it’s time to marry Gordo
Any ideas for open letters you’d want me to actually write? Let’s talk about it in the commentz.