How many years does a generation have? Request for a… Cher.
The 76-year-old music, film and TV legend popped the question Tuesday as she seemingly slammed a Twitter user who compared her to pop star Dua Lipa and glamorized the three-time Grammy winner as “the Cher of us.” Generation.”
While the original – albeit arguably blasphemous – tweet has since been removed, Cher’s pointed reply to a user who wrote “so much truth in one tweet” stands.
“How many years is in a generation,” the “Turn Back Time” singer wrote, adding a thoughtful emoji.
The Emmy, Grammy and Oscar winner’s response came after a Dua Lipa fan originally tweeted a photo showing the singers side-by-side, adorned with similar straight black hair and sparkling ensembles they’ve all previously worn at the had worn Grammy Awards. Cher’s photo dates from 1974 — during a decade that firmly established her as a style icon — while Lipas’s is from earlier this year, according to Newsweek.
Some users viewed the original tweet as a flattering comparison for Lipa but a dig at Cher, especially given the beloved music icon’s reaction. Sure, the 27-year-old singer has been inevitable in recent years, with hits like “Levitating,” “Don’t Start Now,” and “Cold Heart,” her viral collaboration with another music legend, Elton John. But many users were quick to point out that the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour star’s work dwarfs Lipa’s.
A final answer to Cher’s rather open-ended question also remained up for debate, made even more complicated by the fact that the technical definition of a generation varies — even more so when the initial superlative is taken as a figure of speech.
A generation can be defined as a group of people born and alive at the same time (Cher and Lipa, check!), with a status held for a finite period of time (check!) or even the average length of time between parents’ births and their offspring (At 74 and 27, check!), according to Merriam-Webster. Some estimates have put this period at around 30 years.
But, being Twitter the way it is, nuance was lost and many users were quick to take sides, further exacerbating the — erm — generational divide in Cher’s responses.
“People don’t really understand the cultural impact that Cher has had. Anyone can dress like Cher today, but it’s not the same as being the first to do so. That was Cher. Cher has also acted in films and her own TV show. She’s the only one,” wrote one user.
“@cher is Cher. Nobody else will ever be Cher. Period,” claimed one.
“Truth! I haven’t seen another @Cher! You [is] unique only cher, you can’t copy her. I think some new generation parents haven’t passed on their appreciation for music to their kids. Stop trying to erase legends that paved the way for your new idols,” wrote another.
“Well, Dua has been around for like 5 minutes basically, while Cher has been around for decades… So there’s not really a comparison and I’m sure even Dua would say the same,” added another.
But the digital natives were wild elsewhere on Twitterwhile others tried to fill the gap.
“Cher is for Boomers/Gen X Dua Lipa is for Millennials/Gen Z,” one user wrote.
“Quick name 5 Cher songs,” wrote another.
“Cher is there for everyone. Dua is for everyone. So the initial statement is complete nonsense, Cher isn’t going anywhere,” added another.
“It’s one thing to be *inspired* by someone and another to be a surrogate. Dua is the Dua Lipa of our generation. Cher is Cher. There’s no need to compare two completely different talents just because one dresses like the other,” mused another.
Lipa has not yet addressed the debate.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-08-31/cher-dua-lipa-generation Is Dua Lipa ‘the Cher of our generation?’ Don’t ask Cher