Certain things exist in society that are universally loved: The Beatles, McDonald’s, U2. If you dislike any of these items, there’s something wrong with you. People look at you like, “Oh, my God, you don’t like chocolate?”
I’m not sure what it is about sharing that dislike that so puts people off. It’s like you’re not participating in a universal adoration, so you must be off. It seems to offend people, when they find out about this simple preference. I’ve never been of the opinion that one should have to apologize for her opinions. It’s personal preference — that’s why it’s called “personal.”
Some things I dislike that everyone around me adores?
- U2. Don’t get it. Bono’s humanitarianism aside, I don’t get the Bono love. The instruments, writing and vocal talents all seem merely good — nothing more than that.
- Parades. They’re boring. (Click on that link. It’s a great back-and-forth from “How I Met Your Mother” with some other stellar examples of great things that actually suck. And “Coat check girl”? Totally Jayma Mays, aka, Emma Pillsbury on “Glee.”)
- Cheeseburgers. I like my burgers sans cheese. The flavors don’t appeal to me. Unless we’re talking blue cheese. Blue cheese crumbles on a hamburger is one of life’s simple pleasures.
- Oprah. Again, humanitarianism aside, the woman was a god-awful interviewer. Yes, it’s her show, but that doesn’t give her a right to interrupt people as they’re answering her question. And if I’m ever able to launch a magazine called J, I will not be putting myself on the cover of every. Single. Issue.
- The look of an elastic headband worn across your forehead. Unless it’s for a hippie Halloween costume, just say no.
- Red and green peppers. You would not believe how much I get, “You don’t like peppers???” when I share this preference. No, I don’t. That is what evil tastes like. Move on.
Your turn. What do you loath that gets you the most raised eyebrows?