Americans sort of hate hipsters, says a new poll
Nearly a third of Americans think hipsters should have to pay a special tax just "because they are so annoying," according to a new poll -- but some New Yorkers think the lifestyle is just fine.
Even worse, only 16% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the tight pants-wearing, PBR-swilling, indie music-listening folks, according to Public Policy Polling.
When questioned whether hipsters "soullessly appropriate cultural tropes from the past for their own ironic amusement," 46% said yes, with only 23% saying hipsters made a "positive cultural contribution."
About 10% self-identified as hipsters, but among those ages 18 to 29, that number skyrocketed to a 50%.
Some New Yorkers in Brooklyn, effectively the home base for the city's hipster population, took umbrage with the poll.
"It's almost an insult when you call someone a hipster," said Sean Yoro, an artist who lives in Bushwick. Jesse Caminash, a 33-year-old artist living in Williamsburg, said that calling someone a hipster is a "very negative term."
"I try to avoid being labeled a hipster," she said. "There is a connotation of being shallow and trend based instead of operating on individuality."
Still, others saw some truth in the poll.
"The ones I've met, they don't create anything," said Danny Baird, 22, of the East Village. "They just sit around."
Molly Dillon, also 22 and of the East Village, agreed.
"That's just the style these days," she said. "I think part of it is the air of apathy that comes off them. It's the superiority."