Who Are The Counter Culture Icons Now?
About 25 years ago, there was a major counterculture icon called Kurt Cobain. He came onto the scene in 1991, which would prove to be a major event in American culture and the greater counterculture movement in entertainment.
In the early 1990’s and the times preceding it, artists tried their best to look good. Appearance mattered a great deal. Performances also involved lip syncing. Kurt Cobain and his new band called Nirvana blew all that up when they released their second hit album called Nevermind. It sent a signal to mainstream culture that there was a way to fame and success without sucking it up and being artificial.
Not only did Cobain and his band fight against the establishment through their music and performances but through their dress and appearance as well. Kurt Cobain was famous for wearing a Corporate Magazines Still Suck T-Shirt while posing for Rolling Stones Magazine. All the other artists on the magazine cover predictably tried to look their best and clean cut.
Nirvana, which is Cobain’s music band, even led the counter-culture movement through its antics on live television. The group engaged in some open mouth kissing to fight against what the band coined homophobia that was still prevalent in American society at the time. It was clearly a bold move and a move that made them a face of the counter-culture at the time.
Such actions by Kurt Cobain and Nirvana were emblematic of the idea that you need to stand up for what you believe. It also symbolized that you did not care what others thought of your lifestyle and beliefs. This was inspiring and empowering to millions of people around the world.
So who are the modern counterculture icons right now? To be honest, they are probably not found in music today. Instead, you will find counterculture figures such as Malala Yousafza from Pakistan who dared to oppose the Muslim extremists that tried to keep her and other girls from getting an education. Other counterculture figures today include people such as Milo Yiannopoulos who is constantly testing what is considered to be acceptable speech and discourse in our society today.