Celebrity Culture: What’s your BBM?
Blackberry telephones are coming wait on: and this time, they’re 5G. The Blackberry – which honest about began to descend off the face of the earth when the iPhone arrived in 2007, became once once the smartly-known particular person handset du jour. In some solutions, it became once the precursor for our constant connectivity this day: it had electronic mail, apps, and naturally BBM, a roughly early WhatsApp that became once at the centre of many a friendship drama and smartly-known particular person shitstorm, at one level boasting 85m users.
Blackberry telephones formally stopped being made in 2016, nonetheless now a Texas start-up has plans to ship them wait on for 2021 – though this time, on Android. To celebrate the return, please abilities a few cherry-picked moments from the phone’s storied pop cultural history.
PHARRELL HAD A GOLD PLATED ONE
Again in 2006, around the time of his album In My Mind, Pharrell became once proudly exhibiting off his 18 karat gold Blackberry casing. It became once created by “king of bling” Jacob Arabo, AKA Jacob the Jeweller. By 2008, though, in a impress of things to attain, he’d traded it in for a gold iPhone as an different.
BEYONCÉ SLEPT WITH HERS
It’s laborious to factor in a time when Beyoncé became once a pop huge name, not but a pop deity. But solid your thoughts wait on to 2011, when the singer became once recording her album 4 and had radiant been confirmed to characteristic in A Smartly-known particular person is Born (yes, that A Smartly-known particular person is Born). Everyone knows she’s famed for her work ethic, and Bey herself confirmed it in a single interview, admitting that she slept along with her Blackberry and dreamed of replying to emails.
PARIS HILTON DENIED HACKING LINDSAY LOHAN’S
The Blackberry became once the definitive phone of mid-00s LA it girls, so naturally became once central to their drama. Fancy when Paris Hilton became once compelled to assure that she’d hacked Lindsay Lohan’s wait on in 2006, or the time LiLo and company Nicole Richie and Samantha Ronson were accused of sending mannequin Lauren Hastings (the Britney-alike in Justin Timberlake’s “Bawl Me a River” video, as if this narrative couldn’t web any more 00s) a chain of mean texts.
Hi there company, I lost my blackberry. 😢 So in case your trying to attain me, then text me on undoubtedly one of my three iPhones. 💋
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) March 29, 2014
LANA DEL REY WROTE A SONG ABOUT BBM
She wasn’t rather the family name, nonetheless wait on in 2011 Lana Del Rey labored on a extremely Lana Del Rey song called BBM Small one. “I be BBM’in you / Telling you / The total things I’m gonna ticket to you”, she sings, about a man who – shocker – retains her alive to nonetheless treats her mean. The song leaked on Tumblr in 2016. Soulja Boy and Sean Kingston furthermore had a BBM-themed bop.
IT WAS ALL OVER TV
From Gossip Lady’s texts to the solid of The Hills, you couldn’t transfer in the mid-00s TV with out someone deciding on up their Blackberry. And though the phone famously at the centre of Beautiful Wild’s “Nancy Jo, right here’s Alexis Neiers calling” second appears to be a Blackberry-a-admire, let’s radiant faux it became once a Berry for broken-down cases’ sake.
KIM KARDASHIAN STOCKED UP ON THEM
Even supposing the Blackberry’s time became once small once the 2010s hit, there were some die-hards who refused to let inch of their beloved telephones. Obama became once one, nonetheless per chance essentially the most renowned devotee became once Kim Kardashian, who tweeted in 2016 that her already discontinued Blackberry Audacious had moved on to smartphone heaven and the “sad” truth of the be troubled had disaster in.
ALICIA KEYS GOT HACKED… BUT NOT ON HER BLACKBERRY
Again in 2013, Alicia Keys became once appointed Blackberry’s World Ingenious Director. A job she didn’t bear for extraordinarily long till her Twitter yarn tweeted “Started from the bottom now were right here!” (sic). From an iPhone. Escándalo! Keys blamed it on a hack and parted solutions with Blackberry a year later.