Instagramming one’s self sipping on a Pumpkin Spice Latte while wearing Ugg boots on a hay ride — an unsuspecting victim may believe she’s diving right into all of fall’s glory. What this flannel clad beauty doesn’t realize is how much her basic-ness translates to Internet fodder.


If you type “basic bitch” into a search engine right this second, the whole first page of results yields quizzes devoted to the very subject of determining how basic of a person you already are. From the “17 Fall Activities All Basic Girls Love” to “How To Dress Like A Basic Bit*h For Halloween,” it’s clear that web authors have been plotting well before Midsummer’s Eve how best to attack the basic populous.


Buzzfeed, CollegeHumor, and Elite Daily have all been leading the pack with their hilariously acute posts of what it looks like to be a rhinestone in a rhinestone world. At least on social media, anyway. Feeling the college nostalgia, this writer knows these writers are correct. What can I say? They had me at North Face. At first, it was all laughs until this writer had to beg the question: could I be a basic bitch, too?


All deep introspection set aside, it’s clear from the comments section that not everyone is a big fan of Buzzfeed’s Basics. The hater’s club accuses the website of being both racially insensitive and sexist, not to mention basic. Those are some serious fighting words and one vortex you don’t want to lose yourself to.


It’s blown up to the point that some users simply log on to troll the comments. From one lighthearted, basic girl to the next: lighten up, peeps. Self-deprecation is the heart of great wit, so why can’t we poke fun at ourselves and move along?


“What ever happened to free speech?” is a question no one should have to ask. None of us wants heavy censorship, so why are we resorting to becoming highly sensitive persons? Let’s enjoy all of it: the selfies, the writers, the haters; the more the merrier. There is nothing too basic about that.


What do you think about websites calling out the basics of our society? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @Kelseymbro