The Corner

Tired Trope Alert

“X is the new Y.” I groaned at the title Ann Coulter gave to her piece on the illegal-immigrant demos the other day: “Brown is the New Black.” (Gay was the new black about 10 years ago, I recall.) Reading that Hugh Hefner thinks that “80 is the new 40″ was the last straw, though. Could we retire this one, please?

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