If you spend a lot of time reading Betches articles, chances are you have a pretty solid amount of pop culture knowledge. From Bachelor Nation to the Kardashians, you’re probably the source of all things celeb news in your group chat. And like, same. But no matter how much Access Hollywood you watch, we all have blind spots. And if you were born before the late ’90s, your biggest blind spot is probably literally everything about Gen-Z.
Gen-Z celebrity culture is a wild mix of YouTubers, hot people from Netflix shows and movies, and people who maybe used to be on a Disney Channel show, but I’m not actually sure. Luckily, the good people at BuzzFeed know how little you know, and they put together a handy quiz about all the biggest Gen-Z celebs. For each question, they show you a celeb photo, and you have to pick the right name from three choices. It’s harder than it sounds.
The quiz is 100 questions long, but they promise that “Only a Gen Z’er can make it past level 40.” Basically, you’ll be done quickly, especially if you don’t know who any of these people are. Some of the questions aren’t that bad, but they’re mixed in with names that seriously sound like you put them through a random generator.
Things get going on a pretty easy note, if you pay literally any attention to what’s happening in the world.
Really, one of the best parts of this whole quiz is the fake name options they come up with. I’m still not over William Eyelash, which I have been told by my younger cousin is Billie Eilish’s government name.
The first few questions are mostly pretty easy, but the first real curveball comes at question seven, which at least half a dozen people in the Betches office couldn’t get past this morning. Do you recognize this man?? I’m not going to spoil it here, but go read my article explaining wtf TikTok is if you want a little help.
No, that’s not Josh Peck, and shame on you if you thought it was.
For me, the hardest of the quiz is probably that I absolutely can’t be bothered to watch Stranger Things or 13 Reasons Why, and that’s apparently all people born after 1998 care about. There are some things I’m simply not meant to know or care about. Still, I was able to make it into the 50s the first time I took the quiz. Luckily, it lets you retry the last question you missed, so you don’t have to start over if you really just want to know who the kids are talking about.
The quiz is both a fun learning experience and a walk down memory lane of celebrity hot messes, with fun appearances from the likes of James Charles, Tana Mongeau, and Bella Thorne. Oh yeah, and quick reminder that Ariel Winter looked like this at some point:
Maybe this is the sleep deprivation talking, but I could’ve sworn that was Isla Fisher.
I personally recommend that you stick with the quiz till the end, even if it takes a few tries. Once you get past the first 50, you’re in true word salad territory, with collections of words that could be names or fictional creatures in books—your guess is as good as mine. Example:
I really have to applaud BuzzFeed for this one, because I haven’t stressed this much over an online quiz since I took government class online in high school so I could get an extra study hall period. This quiz really is an improvement from their typical “Choose A Picture Of Garlic Bread And We’ll Tell You What Career Path You Should Choose” quizzes they’ve been doing a lot of lately.
My advice? Go for the best score you can, then drop it in the group text so you can see how clueless all your friends are. Bonus points if you get your whole office to take it so you can spend an hour not working. You might never truly know who all of these Gen-Z stars are, but at least you’ll have something to talk about with your teenage cousins when you see them at Thanksgiving.
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