Basic: 1. Used to describe someone devoid of defining characteristics that might make a person interesting, extraordinary, or just simply worth devoting time or attention to, 2. Lacking intelligence and unable to socialize on even an elementary level, 3. Annoyingly frustrating because of the above.
"Basic" is used for the foundation of jokes and inspires Twitter pages and memes. We all have used the word at some point and probably have called yourself or someone else it. The word "basic" in our society, when not used as a joke, is seen as a huge insult and is continually thrown around to any person who possesses qualities or materialistic things that many other people have. "Oh, you wear Uggs, Victoria's Secret, monograms, and drink Starbucks?" Or for a guy, "Oh, you wear jorts, Cole Haans, and Nike?" We can't even post selfies on Instagram or say/do half of the things we do without being referred to as "basic."
To answer your question -- Yes, I own three pairs of Uggs, ask for mostly Victoria's Secret gift cards for Christmas, have a monogram on my wall, and I drink Starbucks as if it's water. Yeah, I have a few selfies on my Instagram. Who freakin' cares? I don't have to owe an explanation as to why I like and do the things that many other people like. I mean, come on, Starbucks tastes amazing. Why would I not want to drink it all of the time? Uggs are super warm and comfortable. Why does it matter if I like similar things as many people?
What gets me even more about the word "basic" is that it drives so many people to try to be different to avoid being called it; whether that difference is really them or not. "I know this garbage bag is pretty hideous and definitely not clothing, but clothing is for basics, and I am most definitely no basic." (That has never happened that I know of, but in this world it probably has.)
I'm not sorry. I'm not going to go shopping at Hot Topic in order to avoid being called basic. I shop in boutiques, Forever 21, and other stores that many girls shop at. Why? I actually like their apparel and it is my style. Of course, I put my own twist and style to it; I don't completely copy everyone else. Hot Topic is not me, and I'm not going to pretend to like something I don't. If you like it, that's totally fine, too. I like a lot of things that are considered basic; that is just who I am. You can take it or leave it. Or call me basic, I don't care.
What people fail to realize is that individuality is not merely based on materialistic things and appearance. Yes, these are used to express individuality, not define it. I may be a Starbucks-drinking, Ugg-wearing, five for $27-lovin’ girl, but when it comes to my character, personality and values, I’d definitely differentiate myself from most people in the room, and I know others would, too. Behind the materialism, (mostly) everyone is different. Just because we have similar items and ideas doesn’t make us wrong and especially any less of an individual. The Urban Dictionary definition of "basic" is flawed. At the end of the day, everyone is different yet has something in common. Being "basic" is completely OK, and people need to stop hating it.
I am what society considers a "basic white girl," and I do not care. (Hair flips and drops mic.)