I Like You Unironically

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When I was in high school, I had this one teacher who played this ice breaker game the first day of class. He had the whole class stand up, he would announce a fact, then you would sit down if you didn’t agree with it and remain standing if you did agree with it. It was a fun way to find out the little things you had in common with your fellow classmates. One of the facts he said was “I love Britney Spears’ music.” I looked around and noticed that everyone started sitting down. I waited a beat before sitting down myself. If I hadn’t sat down, I would have been the only one standing. The thing is, I loved Britney then. I still do! However, I did not want to be the only one standing. I was too embarrassed to be the only one standing.

That was back in high school when a person’s insecurities are at an all-time high. Like most teenagers all I really craved was to fit in. However, I have noticed that a lot of people still do this now. We may admit the things that we like but we tend to always have an excuse. We call them our guilty pleasures, openly admitting that we are somewhat embarrassed to like a certain TV show or a book.

My favorite is people who say they like something ironically. I have no idea what that even means. I’m being serious about this. If someone knows what it means to like something ironically or to wear something ironically, please fill me. I for one am finally done liking things with an excuse. Here are some of the things I like unironically and with no guilt involved.

  • Taylor Swift – There is never not a good time to listen to some Taylor Swift. The only complaint I have is that I went to her concert a few years back and I was the oldest person there who wasn’t taking their child.
  • Superhero Movies – Hot guys and action scenes. What’s not to like?
  • Twilight – I’ve read all the books and I’ve seen all the movies. I actually don’t think any of them are that great but I genuinely really like the first movie. I think people just brush it off because it’s Twilight but it’s actually pretty good.
  • Nicholas Sparks – I don’t really read romance novels, they are not my thing. But I have read pretty much all of Nicholas Sparks’ books and I always have to go see his movies. The big part of the allure of his movies is definitely the casting. Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel, Channing Tatum. Need I say more?
  • Doctor Who – You should feel guilty if you don’t like Doctor Who. This show is awesome!
  • Flip Flops – The second the weather goes over 75 consistently I live in flip flops. On the train, in the park, at work. Everywhere. I do not care!
  • Tumblr – I’m about 8-10 years older than the average user but it doesn’t stop me. That site is highly addictive.
  • Gossip Girl – I know this show isn’t on anymore and the last season was crap but this was hands down my favorite show for the longest time. It was by far one of the most visually appealing shows I’ve ever watched. It showed the pretty side of New York. (I live here. Trust me, it’s not that nice.) Everyone was so good looking. And the clothes were amazing!
  • Diet Soda – OK, this is something I actually should feel bad about since it’s so bad for you. But whatever. I figure as far as vices go, I could do a lot worse.
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18 comments

  1. I love Taylor Swift… ❤ I like Twilight( the novel), Nicholas Sparks, Flip flops and diet soda. Sorry not much into TV series…. 😦
    And from now on I like your writing too… 🙂

  2. I love the gossip girl even if the last few seasons were not so good…… And the fashion and the clothes were awesome and trend setters (couldn’t afford them…. lol) … loved the Who when Tennent was the Doctor and Twilight 1 was a better novel that devolved in awful sequels but still good enough….. 😛

      1. Oh I like him just fine…… But the later storylines are weaker as compared to those during Tennent’s times….. The sense of that impending doom and the hilarious sass… I miss it and Donna and Rose…..

      2. I like Donna the best (wit and sarcasm just oozed with her awesome weirdness) and Rose was well luscious and brave….. and tragic…..I could relate to them
        Matt Smith showcased stories where I did not care that much….. they were nicer and tamer versions……
        As they say once you have been to Paris, it’s kind of hard to go back to your village/ town

      3. Donna definitely was the best. I loved her relationship with the doctor out of every other companion. I actually enjoyed Amy more than rose but only when Rory was traveling too.

      4. I guess with the departure of Tennant and RJD, the main writer, the flavor of the show changed too much for me…. I still watched, but mostly because I wanted to finish the story…. till the bitter end.

  3. This is so hilarious, it’s absolutely true. If you openly admit to liking something that’s shunned by society, you can practically feel the ‘judging’ piercing you with their eyes. It’s unfortunate but that’s the truth.

  4. Boy bands! I have no problem admitting I like them. I also tend to like mainstream pop in general. I know it’s not as ‘cool’ as liking some obscure indie band or classic rock, but it seems like too many people care a lot more about my taste in music than I care about theirs.

    On the other hand, I feel like I’m the only person who does NOT like Nicholas Sparks, Gossip Girl, or Twilight. I didn’t get why the Notebook was a big deal and was bored to tears watching it, while everyone raved about it. Maybe I’m just hanging with the wrong crowd!

  5. This is such a great post. Loving it unironically.

    I’m a huge fan of Taylor Swift. And not because I’m a fifteen year old girl. Honestly, my general music taste couldn’t be much further. I like rock and punk. Nirvana, You Me At Six and Blink-182. But I also have a loving for country and Swift and Garth Brooks.

    What’s wrong with Superhero movies?!

    Tumblr is pretty awesome. The photography is beautiful.

    To wear something ironically is to poke fun at mainstream products. To wear something because you DON’T like it. The logic is twisted. Entirely. I guess it’s just an easy way out when you get given that shirt you don’t like for Christmas (but feel rude not to wear it), or to hide your guilty pleasures.

    1. Good definition of wearing something ironically. However, I still can’t get behind it. If I don’t like something, I’m not wearing it. Maybe if it’s a gift. But then I’m only ever wearing it around the gift giver.

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