That 30 Seconds to Mars singer Jared Leto has an influence on his fans is probably no surprise to anyone who loves 30STM. Doing a Twitter search for @jaredleto not only leads you to his Twitter account, but to the many fans who post their personal hopes, wishes and dreams for Jared to see. Sometimes they talk about what’s going on with the band and how they’re fighting like crazy to make sure that the men from Mars win in the three categories at the MTV EMAs in which they’re nominated. Well, it seems that someone else has noticed J’s influence on 30 Seconds to Mars fans and has given him his own generation to watch over and inspire—Generation Catalano—after his character Jordan Catalano on My So Called Life.
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According to a write up about the issue on Slate.com, the whole conversation got started when New York magazine, 27-year-old Noreen Malone wrote about the state of life for the so called Millenials. But for those of us that fall between the cracks who aren’t really exactly Generation X or Generation Y or even Millenials, the question of where to place us on the continuum was up for grabs, so half in jest someone suggested that we should be named “Generation Catalano.” This isn’t a half bad idea. In fact, I rather like it and not just because it involves Jared in his pre-30STM days.
This generation is at a cross roads and in all fairness, I should say that fans of 30STM stretch from the very old to the very young. But the philosophy behind why we should be called the Generation Catalano is an intriguing one…at least from my point of view.
My So Called Life Quotes of Wisdom
At one point during the series, Jordan Catalano’s girlfriend in the series, Angela Chase (played by Claire Danes) makes the following observation.
People are always saying you should be yourself, like yourself is this definite thing, like a toaster. Like you know what it is even.
This speaks to the struggles about identity and fitting in and the state of the world that we all face. While Jared’s character didn’t speak the quote, it explains why we post these questions on J’s wall. Why any of us reach out to other people at all for that matter. While Jared rarely has time to answer the posts on his wall, we post anyway. Why? Because in all the confusion—and there’s a lot of it in the world these days—we like the idea that we’re following someone who asks us—no expects us—to follow our dreams no matter what. Even if they’re difficult to achieve. Even if everyone else tells us why we shouldn’t. Even if we’re not yet sure what it means to be us, because after all, the inner workings of a human heart aren’t a definite thing like a toaster.
But that’s OK. Being truly human means making it up as you go along. Something that Jared seems to understand well. That’s why he gets away with smurf blue hair, sporting a pomegranate-colored Marshawk, creating his own Jared Leto fashion rules (like we saw at the recent GQ Man of the Year Awards) and making videos like “Hurricane.” And these things seem to change as often as the seasons. He’s not necessarily a set thing and neither are we. We’re works in progress. If that makes me part of Generation Catalano, then I’m glad to be. Here’s to not being a toaster.
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