How Are Those Gross Birthday Countdowns Still a Thing?

The internet creeps come out of the woodwork again for Millie Bobby Brown’s 18th.


Episode Notes

Millie Bobby Brown turned 18 last week, so of course those creepy “legal age” countdown clocks popped up as that day approached. On the show today, Madison is joined by Nichole Perkins to talk about the phenomenon of counting down to a celebrity’s 18th birthday, the history of their online and offline ickiness, and why girls of color always seem to be left out of this discussion.

Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder.


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  • Nichole Perkins is a writer and co-host of the podcasts Thirst Aid Kit and the Waves.

  • Madison Malone Kircher is a senior writer at Slate and co-host of ICYMI. She was previously a staff writer at New York magazine, where she covered internet culture and edited New York’s Approval Matrix. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Vulture, and the Cut. Madison lives in Brooklyn, where she regularly drops her phone on her face watching TikToks in bed.