Today is an extremely significant day within social media. Significant, specifically, if you are within the 15-25 or so age range and were a teenager and/or preteen when the much loved and much over-quoted movie Mean Girls hit theaters and changed the lives of high school girls everywhere. Why is today dubbed “National Mean Girls Day?” Because in one scene of the movie, Cady (the main character portrayed by a younger and less drugged up Lindsay Lohan) is explaining to the audience of the social encounters she has had with her crush/eye candy, Aaron Samuels. The quote reads, “On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was,” to which she answers him, “It’s October 3rd.”
Yes, October 3rd is National Mean Girls Day due to one obscure, not at all prevalent to the plot quote. That, my friends, is true dedication to a movie. I myself, being one of the biggest Mean Girls fans (and by that I mean not only have I seen it too many times to count, but can probably and unashamedly quote the entire movie from memory), sent out the obligatory “Today is October 3rd,” texts at midnight (only to the most die hard fans of course, I wouldn’t want to come off as obsessive…). What blows my mind though is just how widespread this day is. Of course it’s fun to joke around with your friends about how today is the day referenced in the movie, but has anybody looked on Twitter recently? The amount of posts with hashtags #NationalMeanGirlsDay and #October3 (all of which are related to this movie) are unreal.
And you want to know a statistic that will make you feel incredibly old? The movie was released almost ten years ago. Yes, in April 2004 (closer to eight years but ten years adds a much more dramatic effect) the movie was released, and most of us that are in love with it to this day were probably much too young to see it when we did. Nonetheless, I think it’s safe to say (and this comment and assumption is going to reflect my demographic, keep in mind) this movie is a classic. Is it inspiring? No. Is it uplifting in some way? No. Is it a story that encourages you to do anything and be anything and stand on a desk reciting “O Captain! My Captain!”? Probably not. Then why would it ever be branded anything close to a classic? Because it’s hilarious. Sure, it’s exaggerated, but it’s one of the closest things to accurate regarding a bunch of hormonal, horny, and bitchy teenagers, and the targeted audience couldn’t eat it up any more (even almost a decade later).
Now, not only is National Mean Girls Day special this year, it’s apparently a once in a blue moon rarity that this day falls on a Wednesday. Why? Because “on Wednesdays we wear pink,” and this detail did not go unnoticed by the Twitterverse. No, Mean Girls fans were not only encouraged to post quotes from the movie on Facebook, but apparently they are supposed to wear pink, as well. As far as wearing pink, as big of a fan as I am, I am not about to parade around in pink from head to toe (keep in mind pink is my favorite color) and have to explain to people that not only am I one of the biggest fans around, but I just have to dress up to support an obscure non holiday based on a irrelevant quote within the film. That is so (not) fetch.
In my opinion, any movie that can encourage people to quote lines including, “Made out with a hot dog? Oh my god that was one time!” “On Wednesdays we wear pink,” “The limit does not exist!” and “Don’t have sex. Because you will get pregnant, and die.” deserves its own, however unofficial, day in my book. The comedic genius of Tina Fey, the quotable (forever and always) script, the amazing ensemble (including Amy Poehler, Rachel McAdams, and several SNL alumni), and its forever enamored audience of teenaged (and older) girls makes for a movie that won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Come October 3 next year, the year after, or even another eight years from now, “it’s not my fault I have a heavy flow and a wide set vagina” will still probably be recognized universally. And that, my friends, is so fetch.
P.S. Four for you Glen Coco, you go Glen Coco!