‘Elitist 2006 Hot Topic Employee’ Reacts to Store’s 2022 Release
Hot There’s no denying that the Hot Topic you can visit at your local mall today is radically different from the Hot Topic in your memories of the early years. A creator on ICT Tac revealed how much the store has changed over the years in a hilarious and viral upload to the app.
TikTok user @littalpunk imagined how an “elite Hot Topic employee” from 2006 would react if he were to travel back in time to the 2022 version of the store. And it’s safe to say that the time traveler wouldn’t be thrilled with what the future holds.
“What did they do to you”, panics the creator as by Olivia Rodrigo “Good 4 U” sounds in the background.
The first thing she takes issue with is the range of Funko Pop! figurines on display. Only she pronounces the brand name as “F–ko Pop”.
“In my day, the only dolls sold here were Chucky and Tiffany,” she adds. I hope someone let the distressed time traveler know that Funko made Chucky and Tiffany dolls!
She was also shocked by the presence of Harry Potter and My Little Pony merchandise and the overwhelming amount of anime on display. Unfortunately, the straw that broke the camel’s back was realizing that the song blaring from the loudspeakers was not a Paramore cover.
“She remembers bullying Harry Potter kids in 2006,” @littalpunk joked in the caption. Check out the hilarious TikTok below:
The video went absolutely viral on TikTok. At the time of publication, it has amassed over 1.5 million views and nearly 300,000 likes. Thousands of users also rushed to the comments section for a good laugh.
“Now that’s just a soft topic,” one user wrote. “The hot topic is dead.”
“I’m surprised she didn’t mention all the Disney stuff,” another pointed out.
Others clarified that they agreed with the elitist employee’s perception of the store change.
“Honestly ngl kinda agrees with her,” one user wrote. “I miss the old hot topic.”
While many people agreed, others pointed out that the name of the store was literally about showcasing what’s hot or trending right now.
If you’re a fan of the viral video, you’ll be happy to hear that @littalpunk has already promised to do a version that shows a “98 goth elitist going to HT in 2022”. She has already uploaded a video shot in 2009.
“This place has gone to the dogs,” complained the elitist cashier in 2009. “Do you remember when we had real musicians who play here and love real group merchandising? Now we sell shit Dusk t-shirts? Abercrombie is right next door.”
The character keeps tearing up a customer who is looking for a April Lavigne shirt and questions their knowledge of the Rancid group.
“A long time ago when the hot topic was using the gaslight AND the keeper,” @littalpunk joked. Watch the equally hysterical video below:
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