You know? There are some people you just can’t disagree with, let alone like something different from what they like. Either they will try to argue you down with reasons and facts so that you eventually “understand where they are coming” or they’ll label you a hater.
You know the type, the people that think they are an authority on a particular subject that they are passionate about and will go to great lengths to make other people feel the same way. This is particularly prevalent in the African American community. You don’t like Beyonce? You are a hater that is going to feel the wrath of her Bey-hive (usually in 140 characters.) You don’t think Future’s emotional crying ass is the truth? You are hating because he makes more money than you. Or, if you are a hetero-sexual male that doesn’t like Scandal, you are hating on a powerful, independent black woman that’s running things (never mind Olivia Pope is a high powered jump off).
You see where I’m going? You can’t go against what someone finds popular without being labeled as a pariah. Whatever happened to agreeing to disagree? Or you being able to like whatever you want as long as it doesn’t conflict with others? Common (sense) said it best, “if I don’t like it, I don’t like it, it doesn’t make me a hater”
Within the last couple of weeks I’ve seen Beyonce’s
mindless followers fans go off on tangents and attack TLC’s Chili (and her baby hair), and her son over what they thought was a diss. They also attacked Miley Cyrus for basically saying Beyonce’s time is almost up and that she’s got next. Whether or not the two of them were actually dissing Queen Bey, they were voicing their opinions, something they are allowed to do. But, clearly Queen Bey’s fans weren’t having it, proving you cannot not like Beyonce without some type of repercussion.
So how do you deal with people like this? They are on your job, at your church, in your family, at the strip club. They are impossible to get away from. Well one way is to keep doing you, this will piss them off even more than if you disagree with them. Another way is to ignore them, they’re probably miserable and just want someone to be miserable with, not to mention this is probably the only way they can exert their control.
What do you think? How do you deal with people that if you like something that’s different from them, they’ll go through great lengths to make you see things their way?