Cool Shit, Rants, WTF

Why I hate the phrase “guilty pleasures.”

I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it. That’s what’s wrong with our generation: that residual punk rock guilt, like, “You’re not supposed to like that. That’s not fucking cool.” Don’t fucking think it’s not cool to like Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” It is cool to like Britney Spears’ “Toxic”! Why the fuck not? Fuck you! That’s who I am, goddamn it! That whole guilty pleasure thing is full of fucking shit.

-David Grohl

So, guilty pleasures. It’s a phrase that a lot of people tend to throw around. It’s something that’s based around the idea that there are just certain things we aren’t supposed to like, or at least like seriously.

In case you couldn’t tell, I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Grohl: Guilty pleasures are bullshit.

If you like something, why the fuck would you feel guilty about it? Example time! I still listen to the Spice Girls.

Yes, those Spice Girls

Why? It’s partly nostalgia because they were popular when I was a young teenager, partly because I think (despite their manufactured girl group status) that they were espousing a message that young girls at the time needed to hear (and still do), but mostly because their music is fun.

It’s also one of the main reasons I enjoy watching B-movies and playing video games with terrible voice acting (the original Silent Hill and Resident Evil have a special place in my heart).

So you know what? Fuck that hipster bullshit about liking stuff ironically. If you like something, then just fucking like it. Besides, most of the things that people refer to as “guilty pleasures” are shit that’s popular anyway.

In short, like whatever you like, and fuck anyone that tries to make you feel bad about it.

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