Long before Harmony Korine made spring break synonymous with Gucci Mane and bikini-clad robbers , that school-free week of bliss in March was all about something else: MTV. The quasi-holiday inspired some of the best TV programming of the entire year, as the hedonism-obsessed channel decamped its entire lineup of talent and thousands of probably underage coeds to some sunny locale like Cancun for a few weeks. It was a thing of beauty. If you, yourself, were lucky enough to go somewhere, great. If not, the annual week off you got sometime before Easter and after Fat Tuesday was still a good thing: You could still kick back on the couch and imagine you were dancing it out in Daytona on The Grind or watching Molly Sims and Tyrese host Fashionably Loud with musical guests Crazy Town, whom Molly referred to as "stylish. Or maybe spilling your explicit fantasies to Jerry Springer on Springer Break was more your speed.
Bikini fashion shows on the beach are a real thing. If you find a bikini fashion show happening anywhere outside of Fashion Week or a mall, run immediately in the opposite direction, for you have stumbled into the nightmare hellscape that is the inside of a teenage boy's mind. You will participate in a bikini contest judged by RuPaul. Any and all bikini contests will be judged by disgusting, slightly older men who won't be nearly as supportive of your fashion choices as Ru. Bands you actually care about play concerts on the beach.
Yes, okay, fine, MTV did not invent spring break. But they did invent MTV Spring Break , an annual TV event that cemented the idea in the public consciousness that spring break is a period of time best spent dancing next to a pool, participating in humiliating contests, and making some margarita-fueled bad decisions on cable TV. And that certainly has to count for something.
Since that time the programming channel has evolved in several directions. I was not able to watch MTV in my younger years because of the racy content, especially when MTV highlighted clips of high school and college spring break trips. When visiting a friends house when I was younger MTV was a channel that was allowed to be watched in her household. At the age of ten years old and in the fifth grade my friend and I were watching young adults experiencing a wild spring break filled with making out, streaking, and participating in sexually explicit contests.