10 pop culture moments in 2018 that made us go 'NOPE'
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In 2018, the news and state of the world can pretty much be described as a constant state of NOPE. Trump tweeted? Nope. Another deadly shooting? Nope nope nope. The planet is dying? Wow, nope!

It's difficult not to get bogged down by the deluge of bad or weird news, but there are moments of pop culture that have been so overwhelmingly good that they had us saying NOPE for different reasons. 

We're talking things that were so cute you wanted to pass out. Moments so joyful you wanted to arrest everyone involved. This is a valid emotional response, by the way – like wanting to eat a cute baby or cry with joy. These pop culture moments, in no particular order, made us so happy that we verbally canceled them just to restore balance to the universe. Sorry! 

But also...nope!


1. That video of the Jane the Virgin cast reading the Season 4 finale

The actual finale made our mid-year NOPE list, but we keep coming back to this video from the table read. When the show returns, we will have been living with this cliffhanger for almost a year. N O  P E

2. Noah Centineo

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The internet's newest boyfriend won us over, not only with his performance in To All The Boys I've Loved Before, but with a bashful and humble persona that just won't quit. His Instagram is both a thirst trap and a love letter. His Twitter is irreverent and sometimes a cry for help. He improvised picking up the popcorn and he's basically Peter K in real life. NOPE.

3. Nick and Colin in Crazy Rich Asians

This movie was a magical ensemble and the love story of Nick and Rachel, but we couldn't help rooting for these handsome besties and their island getaway. With Nick's mother and most of his extended family and community aboard a speeding anti-Rachel train, Colin's love and loyalty keep our man from losing it – and we know that there's no one Colin would rather have by his side at the wedding of the century. Nope!

4. American Vandal: The Brownout

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Vandal went straight to the point with its Season 2 premiere's inciting incident: a violent diarrhea breakout at a high school. Between searing visuals of students shitting themselves in the halls and deadly serious retellings of the incident, this is highbrow poop humor, the likes of which our childhood selves — and hell, our adult selves — dream of.

5. This video from Hasan Minhaj:

Minhaj actively and consistently posts videos of himself on social media to promote Patriot Act on Netflix, but this tiny glimpse of him being a dad made us scream. His daughter also featured in clip promoting the year-end episode about content moderation, with Minhaj yelling, "Get off Facebook!" at the infant, who was sitting at a laptop. Help! Nope!!

6. Emma Watson and Tom Felton hangin' at the beach as buds

They're still friends after all this time? Always! But also, nope!

7. Antoni Porowski actively thirst trapping a nation

There's a marked difference between Porowski in Queer Eye Seasons 1 and 2, and that's that he became the thirst icon of a nation. Then there were the photoshoots, and then there was this. He knows what he's doing and how to elicit a NOPE!

8. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' wedding

Honestly, everything about this couple – six months ago they were but a rumor and now they've tied the knot in a massive, gorgeous, weekend-long celebration. What started as confusion has now turned to pure joy and indignation that they dare be so cute!

9. The Creed II ending montage

Like its predecessor, this movie was better than it had any right to be – excellent, even! The final minutes went for all the emotional punches. Adonis visits his father's grave while  Rocky reconnects with his estranged son. This montage had everything: An attractive couple, a screen legend, a cute baby, even what we can only interpret as a wink to Gilmore Girls fans that Milo Ventimiglia's character named his child Logan. Nope!!

10. Skylar Astin on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Astin's casting alone was enough to elicit gasps from anyone familiar with his singing, on-screen and off — and then we found out who he was playing. We may still be within the statute of limitations for spoiling this one, but his character debut was something else; equally thrilling, terrifying, and pure musical entertainment. We could barely handle it. NOPE!

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