Friday June 12, 2015

Forget Hipsters and Yuppies — you might be a Yuccie

What do you get when you cross a hipster and a yuppie? Meet the yuccie -- Young Urban Creative.

What do you get when you cross a hipster and a yuppie? Meet the yuccie -- Young Urban Creative. (Jiuck/CBC)

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Are you a millenial that is too hipster to be a yuppie and too yuppie to be a hipster? David Infante thinks you might just be a yuccie (pronounced yucky). 

It takes one to know one. The Brooklyn-based writer and former Liberal Arts major self-identifies as a Young Urban Creative. He joins guest host Gill Deacon to argue that the term "hipster" has lost all meaning, and that we need a new term for this corner of the "despicable millenn-intelligensia". 

Yuccies are progressive but also privileged. They're creative but not bohemian. And they're probably gentrifying a neighbourhood near you.  

"It's this contradiction between what you want to represent and what you actually enjoy," says Infante. 

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WEB EXTRA | Are you a yuccie? Here's a handy checklist, as adapted from our interview and the original list on Mashable

__ Doesn't like gentrification in theory; loves artisanal donuts in practice

__ Is more clean-cut than the bearded hipster stereotype. Jeans aren't torn up. Nice button down shirt — but not too corporate. 

__ Doesn't mind expensive flourishes, like real Ray Bans and "premium t-shirts" 

__ Takes boozy painting classes

__ Used to be "in banking" and occasionally still pronounces finance "fuh-nontz"

__ ​Avoids visible tattoos (not a prudent career move)

__ Loves Seinfeld even though it went off the air when they were 16

__ ​Gets the NYT Weekend Edition but doesn't read the news

__ ​Has thousands of Instagram followers, but almost no Twitter followers

__ Has been called a hipster and a yuppie. Balks at both.