Biden’s Celebrity Jeopardy

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The passion just feels like it’s been replaced by pragmatism, with famous people rallying to Biden’s side because he’s the Democrat running against Trump, the choice they have, whether they love him or not. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
Peter Hamby
June 24, 2024

There are a lot of candidates for Song of the Summer: Sabrina Carpenter’s earworm “Espresso.” Tommy Richman’s “Million Dollar Baby.” Maybe it’s Kendrick Lamar’s menacing “Not Like Us,” a diss track so vicious that it might force Drake into witness protection.

But there’s no doubt who’s winning the competition for Album of the Summer: It’s Charli XCX. Brat—an all-rips, no-skips electropop fantasia—has taken over the summer zeitgeist for Gen Z and millennials, at least for those on the leftward side of the culture wars. Across social media, queer and straight fans alike are posting about their “Brat era” or having a “Brat summer.” It was inevitable that brands and politicians would try to get in on the Brat hype cycle. Including Joe Biden.