5 Reasons Punk'd Was The Ultimate 00s Guilty Pleasure

It is April Fool's Day, after all.

Remember when a trucker hat-wearing Ashton Kutcher got away with royally stitching up major celebrities for our sick enjoyment on Punk’d? Ahh, those were the days.

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It’s been 17 years since Punk’d first aired on MTV, and as well as providing us with episode after episode of entertainment, the show has had a lasting impact on pop culture. Not only has the act of ‘punking’ someone become a widely-used verb, but the show is consistently referred to in pop culture, whether it be films, TV shows or song lyrics.

So, in honour of April Fool’s Day, we’re looking back at the five reasons Punk’d was the ultimate 00s guilty pleasure: 

Ashton Kutcher

When you think about it, no one could’ve done a better job at hosting, producing (and essentially orchestrating) Punk’d than Ashton Kutcher. In the mid ‘00s, Kutcher was at his prime – he was still making us giggle as the loveable Kelso on That ‘70s Show, had just hit cinemas in the iconic Dude, Where’s My Car? And was still the single heartthrob we all had postered up around our bedrooms.

The Accomplices

Did you know that many of the accomplices in Kutcher’s pranks went on to become well-known celebs and actors? Punk’d featured everyone from Masi Oka, who you’d recognise from Heroes, B.J. Novak from The Office, Dax Shepherd and even a then unknown Bill Hader. 

The Celebrity Reactions

The best part of watching Punk’d was cringing in delight at the celebrities reactions to getting pranked, and then finding out they’ve been pranked. Don’t forget, this was a time before a celebrity sighting was broadcast all over social media. Fans were just as much in the dark about what was going on behind-the-scenes as the celebrities were, and the result was priceless.

The Pranks 

Some of the pranks performed on Punk’d were seriously savage. Some notable ones include when Beyonce thought she ruined Christmas for a bunch of kids after Ashton rigged a huge tree to fall over, when Justin Timberlake was convinced all his belongings had been repossessed, Elijah Wood throwing a can into a dumpster and seeing it explode and Drake thinking he’s meeting the Vice President but getting caught in a fake earthquake instead.

The Lasting Impact

As mentioned earlier, Punk’d left a mark on pop culture which has well and truly surpassed the four years it aired on MTV. The official definition of ‘punking’ is to “trick or deceive,” a term that has become popularised by the show and is commonly used around the world. Then there are all the pop culture references to being ‘punked.’ It’s been mentioned on everything from Veronica Mars to Will and Grace, High School Musical, Entourage, ER and even in song lyrics from the likes of A$AP Ferg. 

The good news is, Punk’d is getting a revival. The new series, hosted by Chance the Rapper, is set to air on Quibi this year. 

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Of Course Lindsay Lohan Announced Her Comeback During A Global Pandemic

Read the room, LiLo.

While we’re all hunkering down in isolation, waiting for the eye of the pandemic storm to pass, Lindsay Lohan is out here announcing her comeback to music.

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This week, Lohan shared a cryptic video on YouTube titled, ‘I’m back!’ with a pair of suspicious emoji eyes. The 30-second video features a bunch of old TVs playing footage of LiLo in the news which slowly builds to the screen exploding and, Lohan saying “I’m back.”

It’s not the first time LiLo has teased a musical comeback. Last June, the actress, singer and reality TV star posted a series of since-deleted photos of herself inside a recording studio to Instagram, with the caption, “hard at work.”

Page Six reported that the actress and singer had re-signed with Casablanca Records to release a third studio album. In August 2019, we heard Lohan’s upcoming single ‘Xanax’ – but then we heard nothing else. 

If Lohan is intending to make her return to the charts with a fully-fledged album, it would be the first since her second studio album A Little More Personal (Raw) which came out in 2005 with tracks like ‘Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)’.

To be fair, LiLo has had a few other projects on her plate as of late. She’s appeared on a string of reality TV shows including Australia’s edition of The Masked Singer and of course, her own MTV reality show Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club, which was unfortunately cancelled after one season. 

It sounds like Lindsay Lohan’s fans aren’t convinced a global pandemic is the right time to announce your comeback to the music industry – I mean, surely she understands that the whole world has bigger fish to fry right now? But you’ve got to give it to Lohan – she is always hustling, even in COVID-19 isolation.

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Coronavirus Has Lead To Ariana Grande Finally Giving Up Her Ponytail

And it's stunning.

There are just as many pros as there are cons to working from home in the midst of a global pandemic. Our backs and necks are suffering without ergonomic tables and chairs, the line between the living room and the office is becoming increasingly blurred, and technical issues can make or break an important meeting. However, on the upside – we’ve been spared the lengthy commute into work and we don’t have to wear a bra or do our hair. Just ask Ariana Grande, who has fully embraced her natural hair while in isolation.

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The singer took to Twitter earlier this week to share a selfie revealing her real hair – a mop of beautiful, glossy curls. It sounds like Grande was just as shocked as we were, captioning the pic, “get a load a dis.”

Let’s be honest – Ari’s natural hair is a far cry from the usual slick, sky high ponytail she’s become known for over the years. In fact, Grande is rarely seen without her signature pony. According to Insider, the singer started wearing high ponytails because it was a “comfortable style she could wear with her bleach-damaged hair.”

“I wear it in a ponytail because my actual hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down,” Grande said. “It’s all that works for now (AND I’m comfortable for the first time in years).”

Ariana might find her ponytail comfy, but speaking from personal experience, tying my hair up that tight during high school left me with nothing but a huge knot and a thumping headache. 

If anything, Ariana Grande’s stunning curls should inspire all of us to ditch the hair straightener, blow dryer and hair product during isolation and embrace our ~natural selves~

Just please, for the love of God, don’t try and give yourself a fringe, or attempt to give your partner a ‘fade’ unless you are a professionally trained hair stylist. That will only end in tears.

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