New York Times Popularizes the Term “Blipster”–Guaranteed To Offend Just About Everyone

In a article about indie music lovers who happen to be black, published on January 28th on, included the following passage:

There is even a new word for black fans of indie rock: “blipster,” which was added to UrbanDictionary .com last summer, defined as “a person who is black and also can be stereotyped by appearance, musical taste, and/or social scene as a hipster.”

Bahr Brown, an East Harlem resident whose Converse sneakers could be considered blipster attire, opened a skateboard and clothing boutique, Everything Must Go, in the neighborhood in October, to cater to consumers who, like himself, want to dress with the accouterments of indie rock: “young people who wear tight jeans and Vans and skateboard through the projects,” he said.

Uh… is this like how things were so “deck” and 30-somethings were “Yupsters”? Another horrible made-up word to piss off everyone? I think hipsters have a hard enough time using the word “hipster”, let alone trying to break themselves up by ethnicity. What’s next? Asiasters? Indie-Indians? Whitester?

I guess it’s one of those things you just have to laugh about…take an comment by 360 Curl in the post below where I first mentioned the article:

frederick douglass was such a blipster

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13 replies on “New York Times Popularizes the Term “Blipster”–Guaranteed To Offend Just About Everyone”

  1. I agree, all one can do is laugh: both at the absurdity of the article’s nature and the uproar it has caused. The Times needs to quit these feeble attempts at being ahead of the curve and poignant artfulness. What’s next, an article about white players in the NBA? They wear gold chains and have X-Box in their SUVs, too! Ridiculous.

  2. “blipster” is a dopey term, but not as bad as “wigger.”

    i must admit, when i spotted a couple of black and/or Hispanic dudes at the we are scientists show @ northsix last year, i commented on it to my friend. it was weird/cool, because indie rock shows are usually sooo white.

  3. It’s not really OFFENSIVE, unless you’re offended when someone calls you black or a hipster.
    But it is a stupid, made-up word that NO ONE will use.

  4. I’m still looking for a word for gay hipsters. Living in San Francisco there are just so many and god knows we hate to use phrases/words with more than two syllables when pigeon-holing eachother.

  5. Alll hipsters are “a little bit gay.” Or at least, so says my (real) gay hipster friend…

  6. when i was being interviewed for the article, what i got from the questions i was being asked was that it was going to turn out to be an insightful feature on an overlooked subgenre of people. by keeping a correspondence with the interviewer, i found that the article went through nine editors. she even told me she cringed when she read the final version. and if i can quote the essay i did on my band’s website about the article, “what could have been a great article got diluted into ‘black indie rockers for dummies.’ ”

    if you click on my name, it’ll take you to my band’s website, where i write a lengthy piece on this article. it’s obvious that us “blipsters” love aggressive self-promotion.

  7. New to this blog but I wanted to say one thing. WHY Is it that when it comes to blacks in this country people do everything to categorise and separate them “Blipsters”? I WOULD be offended if someone referred to me as that. Hipsters is a word used to describe a “Group” of people (especially those who ride the L) But why is it necessary to call out the Blacks who decide to follow this shallow trend and label them separately from the rest? I mean come on. This is a good example of why we will always have issues in this country – everything always always boils down to race. And like the other person said above, what they’re going to start defining all races now? And if not why call out the blacks? What whites are the ONLY ones who can be hipsters? there are tons of Asian hipsters and Latino/Hispanic hipsters and i dont see an article being written about them and separating them from the masses. Absolute shite!

  8. ” ‘blipster’ is a dopey term, but not as bad as ‘wigger’.”

    Agreed. “Blipster” is one thing, and I still can’t get over the fact that many people I’ve encountered who use the word “wigger” never even thought it was the least bit offensive. Overstating the obvious, much?

    What blows my mind about the whole “blipster” thing on two aspects is that A) someone was even dumb enough to write this article and come up with this term, and B) I’m a bit taken aback that in a city as diverse as NYC that black hipsters (or any other minorities for that matter) stand out in the first place and/or seem to get mixed reactions. At least that’s what I’ve gathered over the past year or so. I’m black and whenever I’m in New Orleans, I (or any other black hipsters) rarely or never get stares, weird vibes, etc. and there’s quite a few of us. Hardly anyone thinks twice about that. Interesting regional observations there.

  9. I believe the article attempted to highlight a segment of ethnic youths who set themselves apart from communities not as diverse as the white community. It was and probably still is very difficult to seperate yourself from the cultural herd especially when conformity is the status quo. I grew up in DC in the late 80’s/early 90′ indie/punk scene and could easily relate to being the only black kid at a indie shows. At first it was awkward but since I loved the music I and usually at had to pay, I enjoyed myself. Everyone was usually cool, except the idiots who singled me as the local drug dealer. Most of the discord came from peers and to a certain extent parents. Being taunted as “uncle tom” or asked “why do you want look like your poor?” was odd for someone like me who grew up in a diverse city and didn’t care about fashion. But to me, the music is what mattered. I’m in NYC now, still go to shows and sometimes find myself at what seems like a “whites only party” but there so much diversity abound that it doesn’t even matter anymore, The article was just lame. Trendy labels suck!

  10. Over here in Merrie Olde England, we call people like me (into ‘indie’ music since birth, but whatever’ ‘bipsters’.

    It’s all pants.

  11. Over here in Merrie Olde England, we call people like me (into ‘indie’ music since birth, but whatever) ‘bipsters’.

    It’s all pants.

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