Michael Barry is a writer who lives in Boston, MA. He received his B.A. in Financial Economics from St. Anselm College and his MFA in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine. Check him out at MichaelBarryWriter.com.
ZAC EFRON: HOW DARE HE?
by Michael Barry
In a recent UK Cosmo interview promoting the upcoming release of We Are Your Friends, Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, and director Max Joseph were put to the test in a game that had them recognizing song titles by listening to each song’s intro. A pretty fluff interview, but that’s neither here nor there. Things started off well as is expected, but get this steamy faux pas; Efron couldn’t remember the name of a High School Musical song. On no. How dare he?
The comment sections of every gossip column erupted with former fans who haven’t grown up over the last decade deriding Efron for his heartless miscue. Everything from Catfish comments to countless drug accusations ensued. A few compassionate souls saw fit to come to his defense, but basic grammar checks leave all parties suspect. That Efron knew it was from High School Musical instantly and could sing the words didn’t matter to trolls and malcontents. Even his seemingly on point assertion that “There’s like three movies of songs guys” didn’t stave off haters.
For those living in 2015, HSM is four months away from its 10-year reunion and Efron, who will turn 28 just before that anniversary, has been making a point of growing up into, you know, adulthood over the past few years. His complete disregard for One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” is evidence enough of Efron’s maturation.
Efron’s new flick, slated for theaters this Friday, follows the life of an up and coming DJ trying to make it without selling out or suiting up in a corporate noose, and has all the necessary parts for a mildly above average coming of age contemporary. And most viewers will get what they’re paying for and enjoy every second. Lucky for Efron, in another ten years he won’t need to remember the lyrics to these club beats, or 1D. Not that EDM has a leg up over tween pop or anything.
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