That made me think. I thought a lot about what I did while still in the classroom and especially about how I reacted when Les Misérables was released in theatres as a musical. Did I feel that way? I don't remember that - in fact, what I remember is changing my entire course design to include lessons and activities that revolved around the original work by Victor Hugo. But maybe that was too easy. So I've tried to think of other instances where I perhaps belittled something pertinent to my class just because it was popular with my students...and I can't.
I always felt more like Jay Meadows in his post on "Cult of Pedagogy." In his post from May 2016, he said that reasons he includes pop culture in his class include, "To better engage our students. To help them fall in love with the content we teach. To make learning even the most complex skills feel effortless. To hear them say, 'Wow. This class always feels so short.'"
Isn't that why we all do what we love? And if we don't love it and want DESPERATELY for our students to love it, then why are we still doing it?