There are no white pop icons anymore, by GenX.
As a parent of a teenage boy, I was startled to realize that there are no white pop culture icons anymore.
All pop stars are black, and there are no rock stars at all.
Top box office draw this year is The Rock, followed by Kevin Hart. Before that, Will Smith. Long gone are the days of Harrison Ford, as the new Star Wars so pointedly reminded us.
In [US] sports, the [black-dominated] NBA dominates in terms of cool and pop culture. People may like [white quarterbacks] Payton Manning or Tom Brady, but no one thinks of them as cool (just the opposite, really).
No Captain Kirk or Jean-Luc Picard. No James Dean or even The Fonz.