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These '90s References Baffled The Youths On 'The Circle'

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These '90s References Baffled The Youths On 'The Circle'

The generational divide on The Circle Season 2 is real, ya'll. This year, the contestants' age range is wildly varied: the season's youngest cast member, Jack, is only 20, while the oldest player, Lee, is 58. And nowhere is the age difference among the cast more pronounced than in the way the youths react to the '90s references dropped by older members in The Circle's first batch of episodes.

As a thirtysomething myself, I feel confident in saying there's nothing worse than dropping a reference to the halcyon days of the '90s only to be met with blank stares from fully grown humans who weren't even alive when the great Backstreet Boys vs. *NSYNC debate was a thing. So trust me when I say, I fully felt Deleesa's pain when simply asking "what's the 411" left the youngsters convinced she was an elderly catfish. Look, I know you've never used a landline, Savannah, but that doesn't mean a well-placed 411 reference is evidence of someone preparing to shuffle off their mortal coil.

Things only get worse when living legend Lance Bass seemingly enters The Circle only for half of the cast to stare blankly at his profile photo, while the other half is understandably losing their minds. What are they teaching kids in school these days? At the very least, Chloe has to have seen an "It's Gonna Be May" meme, right?

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