Do you long for the days of Melrose Place and ten-pound cellphones? Are you jonesing for Ugly Kid Joe? Well, if you’re willing to travel, you may be in luckâ€”because in Mogadishu, warlords have been celebrating just like they did back before Conan O’Brien became a household name and George Lucas shat on your childhood memories:
Masked gunmen dragged slain soldiers through the streets of Somalia’s capital Wednesday, then set the bodies on fire as jeering crowds threw rocks and kicked the dead after a fierce battle in a neighborhood loyal to Islamic insurgents.
No word on what prompted this burst of early-90s nostalgia, but experts believe the resurgent fad may be tied to last week’s premiere of the Somali version of I Love the 90s, which featured witty commentary from Michael Ian Hassan, who said, “I remember when they dragged those dead guys around. I was like, what’s up with that? Is this some kind of new exfoliation treatment? No, really, it was very sadâ€”I remember thinking, ‘there’s no way Road Rules is coming here now.’” Hal Sparks then added solemnly, “The Battle of Mogadishu. Whoompâ€”there it was.”