Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Things that used to be cool to hate

My friends and I were having a conversation last night about an upcoming Dave Matthews Band concert and I made the comment that "It's no longer cool to hate Dave Matthews." Your feelings about DMB aside, most can agree that it used to be cool to hate DMB. In many music circles, stating your dislike of Dave was your ticket in. However, in today's world, Dave Matthews is completely irrelevant, outside of the people who flock to venues like Alpine Valley, WI every summer to tailgate and see a similar show to the one they saw last summer. I'll be the first to admit that I am one of those people, but I digress.

We had a conversation about other things that used to be cool to hate, but we didn't get very far. Not to be discouraged, I put some more thought into it today and I think we may be onto something. The tough thing is you have to work with a sliding time frame. For instance, it may have been cool to hate something because of your life stage (e.g. high school, college, etc.) Or it may have been cool to hate someone/a group of people because of the actions they undertook years ago. Right now the list is short, but I am interested to hear what other people have to say.

I want your input! Use the comments to post our ideas about things that used to be cool to hate. Here are the short list of examples I have come up with through conversations with people:
  • It used to be cool to hate Greek life in college.
  • It used to be cool to hate Michigan football, but then they stopped winning.
  • It used to be cool to hate sushi, when you were a kid.
  • It used to be cool to hate the New York Yankees, but they haven't won a world series in 9 years.
Let's hear some others!


4 comments:

  1. It used to be cool to hate my little brother, but now I think he might be cooler than I am.

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  2. It used to be cool - for the black community - to hate skateboarding. That all changed about 3-4 years back and Lupe Fiasco has largely propagated the cultural shift.

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  3. It used to be cool to hate drugs ("Just say no"). But then I tried some and figured out they aren't ALL bad.

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  4. It used to be cool for black people to hate white people for oppressing them...enter Obama.

    It used to be cool to hate Michael Jackson, calling him a pedophile and an all-around weirdo...then he died.

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