Can someone please explain to me the mandatory display of extreme dislike toward certain things? Why is there this inexplicable intense rage toward young white women who enjoy pumpkin spice lattes, perhaps specifically from Starbucks? Like, I get that that’s a “thing,” but people are reacting really, really strongly and I have no idea why. If you just hate frivolity, okay, but many things are frivolous. White girls drinking pumpkin spice lattes is oddly specific.
In the times before I stopped reading comment sections, I noticed a lot of people would attack others for saying uneducated things. Like, this one person compared “Sugar Rush” to “Gangnam Style” because each song only has a few phrases in English, and someone replied that they would rip their head off and shit down their neck for saying that. Okay, so, you were so appalled that someone compared two unrelated songs, you thought you’d reply in such a way... and that classes up the joint? Seriously, what is the thought process here?
And nevermind those videos that show foods from other countries. Someone always has to comment “Vomcano! Thru up in my mouth!” Once again, you find a foreign food disgusting so you talk about throwing up... why? To make things less disgusting? How, why, why this anger?
And what about bands like Linkin Park and Nickelback? Look, they’re not my favourite bands either, but when their music comes on the radio I don’t shudder and scream that my ears are bleeding. People act like they’re the Worst Bands Evarrr, but really they’re just kinda “meh.” And, actually Linkin Park is a lot more creative in terms of its style of music than a lot of rock bands (how they mix rap and metal, for example). And it’s like people need to do this secret sign to prove they’re cool by overreacting how much they hate these bands. And at the same time, people are fawning all over Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, whose music is actually quite inappropriate in terms of body-shaming, drug references in music for kids, cultural appropriation, and excessive boob/butt displays that pretend to be feminism but is really just reworking the male gaze to supposedly empowering music. If you so much as mention that you don’t like Gaga or Perry - how DARE you! Or what about bands like U2 and REM whose whole deal is “question the system,” but they really just complain and then go “lookit me, lookit me!” That can’t be questioned because then, ugh, you don’t like U2? You’re a conformist. -.-
(Before someone points out that my whole deal is asking people to question the system and providing examples from personal experience, that’s just for these journals. My actual product is a series of novels that has nothing to do with that, so I am actually creating something other than just a list of complaints. My complaining journals are not my art. And now... another example from personal experience).
When I was in grade 2, it was a “thing” to hate Barney. Like, not just avoid the show, but actively go on about how much they hate it. I was quite loud about my Barney hating too, but I got sick of it and at one point I just told people I didn’t care anymore. I said that we hate Barney because it’s boring for us, and of course it is, because it’s made for much younger kids. Some kids agreed with me and a few even admitted they actually like Barney, but most people got really angry with me for saying what I said. Why?? It’s a purple dinosaur who sings too much, why is this such a huge deal? (I admit though, I eventually regressed and went back to hate-bragging).
If someone handed me a flyer printed in Comic Sans MS, I would wonder, because that font stopped being trendy 15 years ago. I would not, however, make fake vomiting noises. I get that you’re trying to make the other person look stupid, but reacting like that just makes YOU look stupid.
And I don’t understand the issue with Crocs. Like, yeah, they’re ugly, but if you’re trying to be classy, the first thing you should do is keep your mouth shut. You can somewhat show you’re classy by dressing better than someone wearing Crocs, but if you want to be REALLY classy, you’d know not to be damn rude to people over what they choose to wear. No one is forcing you to wear Crocs, so let it go. I’m a big believer in speaking up if someone is spreading lies or being dangerous or harassing you/someone else, but wearing shoes you find ugly does not fall into that category. Keep those thoughts to yourself. Crocs aren’t hurting anyone. And while we’re at it, how come Crocs are not okay but Uggs are? Uggs are just as ugly as Crocs, AND they’re impractical. Crocs are at least made of durable plastic, whereas Uggs are winter boots that are not weather-proof. And some Uggs get rather close to cultural appropriation considering how many of them are supposed to look like fur or have leather fringes and beads like moccasins. Not to mention that the trend is also from 1999, putting it in the same timeframe as Comic Sans. So why do Uggs get a free pass while Crocs don’t? Maybe because Uggs are worn by beautiful rich white girls? No, because beautiful rich white girls also go to Starbucks for pumpkin spice lattes, which is apparently also not okay. So, I can’t keep track of who I’m expected to hate anymore.
My only guess is this is some form of tribalism. People band together over what they like, so maybe, according to those stereotypes, they have to be just as enthusiastic over what they reject. Kind of like how, if you play any casual games, then you can’t be a “real gamer,” even if you play FPSs and RPGs all the time.
I don’t understand it, and while I’m vaguely curious as to why it all works the way it does, I really can’t care that much. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you want to be cool and classy, it has very little to do with what trends you follow and a lot to do with you thinking for yourself and treating others with respect.