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MidnightMuse
07-07-2007, 01:09 AM
Many things said in threads over the past many months, and things I've come to realize about myself while talking to people here and in "real life" have me wondering . . .

Are you ever embarassed to admit liking something? Say a program on television, or a movie most people around you mock? If you sit down in front of the TV for an hour every week with a program that honestly entertains you, and gives you great enjoyment, but has no "redeeming qualities" or you've heard people make fun of it - does that embarass you?

And if so - Why?

I suppose it's basic human instinct to not want public association with something your peers don't agree with. But do you change YOUR perception of someone when you find out what they watch or enjoy?

I don't mean to turn this into True Confessions or anything - I'm just sitting here on the back deck with the laptop, after having just watched a British television show on DVD that I'd kill to discuss - but realized I'm too afraid to ask if anyone here knows it - in case it seems silly.

And that, in and of itself, is a bit silly.

No?

childeroland
07-07-2007, 01:27 AM
I have a secret weakness for some MTV and MTV-style (somewhat) programming, e.g. 'Laguna Beach', 'South of Nowhere'.

III
07-07-2007, 01:32 AM
<rips Color Me Badd poster from cubicle wall and stuffs it beneath desk>

No. Not embarassed at all. And I resent you asking.

zahra
07-07-2007, 01:37 AM
Oh, now, you know you have to tell us what the show was! 'Footballers' Wives?' 'Bad Girls'? 'Keeping up Appearances'? 'Torchwood'?:)

Not a fan of 'so-bad-it's-good' telly, myself, but once I was stuck in Holland for months and became a (temporary) fan of some old dross called ''Allo, 'allo'! The shame. In my defence, everything else on the TV was in Dutch and I dropped it like a radio-active brick when I got safely back to Blighty.

maestrowork
07-07-2007, 01:37 AM
I love Hello Kitty and porn -- is that so wrong?

sunna
07-07-2007, 01:38 AM
Not so much these days, but when I was in high school and college I would have ripped out every hair on my head rather than admit I was a trekkie. :D

And in college writing classes I learned pretty fast not to admit I enjoyed reading SF/F. Even now, admitting it to people I don't know well still gives me a bit a bit of a twinge, remembering the disgusted looks I got from professors and classmates.

Now I have no shame. Not even about liking the Thong Song.

Rolling Thunder
07-07-2007, 01:40 AM
Which British show are you watching, MM? That would be a good start for a conversation.

pepperlandgirl
07-07-2007, 01:40 AM
Nope. My taste in entertainment is above reproach.

zahra
07-07-2007, 01:42 AM
Come on, Muse-baby - what was it??:poke: Tellustellustellustellustellustellustellustelluste llustellustellus.

MidnightMuse
07-07-2007, 01:43 AM
Yes, well I'll just admit it then - it's Primeval.

Primeval.

Yep. Loved it. Went to all the trouble of ordering it from Amazon UK and had to watch it on the laptop so I could set that player to Region 2.

Primeval.

And I loved it. So there.

:D

Rolling Thunder
07-07-2007, 01:44 AM
I've never seen that one. Sorry. :(

sassandgroove
07-07-2007, 01:46 AM
Oh yeah. I like some reality shows, which is painful to admit. Surreal Life and Celebrity Fit Club. Iwathced that one on VH1 a few years back abouta sorority too. I even found myself morbidly curious who would win on Flavor of Love. (OH GOD.) I only watched the last episode though, I swear. I am even embarrassed around Mr. groove. The thing is I look at reality shows with disdain, so when I find myself wanting to watch one I feel dirty some how. I guess there is a certain amount of voyerism involved. I like Celebrity Fit Club becuase I struggle with fitness and I kinda feel like I can relate to them, that we're going thorugh it together. Sureal life? I watched the first season becuase of Vince Neil. I watched the 4th(?) Becucase of CC Deville, so I don't just watch those if I don't like the people on them. The thing that bugs me is the first seasons of those shows can be rather thoughtful. BUt I haven't watched any of this season of Celebrity Fit Club becuase they are doing that thing, where they just try to get people riled up for the sake of drama instead of just showing real people doing real things. Oh and hubby does rib me about it. ;) I also like some new pop music that gets some snickers from hubby. Like Pussy Cat Dolls.

yesandno
07-07-2007, 01:46 AM
I am dead to shame when it comes to culture, pop or not. I'm so happy when I enjoy something, that I'm willing to tell anybody about it. There's so much out there that I just don't enjoy for whatever reasons.

I heart Battlestar Galactica. I heart Nabokov too. I heart Prince, and I heart Satie. My heart is roomy.

sassandgroove
07-07-2007, 01:47 AM
Yes, well I'll just admit it then - it's Primeval.

Primeval.

Yep. Loved it. Went to all the trouble of ordering it from Amazon UK and had to watch it on the laptop so I could set that player to Region 2.

Primeval.

And I loved it. So there.

:D
You can do that? Oh that opens the door to so many things!

MidnightMuse
07-07-2007, 01:47 AM
Very few here in the US even know it exists. Only 6 eps in series 1, aired in February, I believe. I can't even figure out how I found out about it, but I was hooked instantly.

benbradley
07-07-2007, 01:47 AM
I love Hello Kitty and porn -- is that so wrong?
Hello Kitty is DAMAGING! This is a fact.

ChunkyC
07-07-2007, 01:47 AM
I used to be self conscious about stuff like that, but I've reached an age where it really doesn't matter to me if someone thinks I'm a dolt for watching So You Think You Can Dance or Hell's Kitchen or whatever.

MidnightMuse
07-07-2007, 01:49 AM
You can do that? Oh that opens the door to so many things!

You see, that's how obsessed I became after only just realizing this show existed - I went so far as to learn MOST laptop DVD players can be set to whatever region you want - and you can change them back - but you only get 5 changes - after that it's set to whatever you were using.

I have two laptops, and really don't watch DVD's on either, but figured I'd set one to 2 and leave the other at 1.

Then I ordered from Amazon UK - after figuring out the exchange rate wasn't gonna kill me - and there you go.

Inky
07-07-2007, 01:50 AM
*hangs head, shoulders slump*
BeeGees soundtrack Saturday Night Fever
I get stupid-happy when it's on the radio.
I know all the words.
I freaked when my cd got scratched.

*sigh*

I wish Beatle Mania would be ressurected--live version.

Britain's CNN, News, MorningWatch vs our crap FoxNews. There. It's out.

*peeks up at Muse*
Can I have my arm back now?

scarletpeaches
07-07-2007, 01:50 AM
Nothing wrong with Torchwood. Nothing wrong at all. I love it. And Doctor Who.

But what am I actually embarrassed to admit I like? Hmm...I really can't think of anything. Although, given the choice between some trashy chicklit and a Kazuo Ishiguro novel, I know which I'd read in public. Which is strange, considering what I write...and it's nothing like Ishiguro's work, put it that way.

Inky
07-07-2007, 01:52 AM
So glad I'm not alone in the Amazon UK ordering. I'm purchasing first season ROME so I can be ready for when season II comes out--next summer?

MidnightMuse
07-07-2007, 01:54 AM
Of course, the thing is, there's absolutely no reason for anyone to be embarassed about anything - we all have different tastes and see things other people don't see.

I hate reality shows - but that's not completely true because I love Top Chef and Project Runway. Soccer Mom and I talk about those two every week. I can't say WHAT I like about those two, but they're the only two I watch. And watching them gives me pleasure.

Maybe it's not Hello Kitty porn, but pleasure nonetheless :D

sassandgroove
07-07-2007, 01:55 AM
I like that one about the tough guy who makes cakes on foodnetwork, but I am not emabarrassed about that one.

ChunkyC
07-07-2007, 01:59 AM
I should be embarassed about watching The Partridge Family every week when it first aired. :D

MidnightMuse
07-07-2007, 02:06 AM
Nah, you should only be embarassed if you watch it now. On DVD.

Every week :D

dclary
07-07-2007, 02:11 AM
When I realized the neighbors could see whatever porn I watch on my big screen tv from across the street, I started closing the blinds.

zahra
07-07-2007, 02:13 AM
Haven't seen 'Primeval', but yes, I have heard it's shameworthy...:)

And sorry, Torchwood, can't stand it. Puerile and silly and miscast. It has the feel of a bunch of kids trying to be grown-up. It's the televisual equivalent of smoking behind the bike-sheds!

Shadow_Ferret
07-07-2007, 07:01 AM
No, why would I be embarrassed by anything I like? I have excellent taste.

In fact, I've always been embarrassed by the likes and dislikes of others.

ChaosTitan
07-07-2007, 07:19 AM
Interesting question, Muse.

I used to be embarrassed about liking certain things (comic books, for instance). Mostly during high school and college, when I was an awkward thing, not quite comfortable being me. Now that I'm firmly set in my weird ways, I don't care if people think I'm nutty for liking things. I freely admit to having watched marathons of "America's Next Top Model." I enjoy a good "Iron Chef: America" episode. I still like comic books, science fiction, hot paranormal romance novels, really bad slasher films, and playing Jewel Quest.

Mock me, I dare you. :D

My-Immortal
07-07-2007, 07:30 AM
When I realized the neighbors could see whatever porn I watch on my big screen tv from across the street, I started closing the blinds.


Why?

ChaosTitan
07-07-2007, 07:39 AM
Why?

Do you miss the view, M-I? ;)

WriterInChains
07-07-2007, 07:42 AM
I outgrew being embarrassed about my own brand of weirdness. It happened when I realized that even when I was trying to be normal (at work, or somewhere like that) everyone still thought I was odd -- I'd rather be thought odd for who I really am. :D


Now I freely admit to being a Trekkie AND a Trekker, loathing factory customs & all the "Trek" series after Gene died (don't get me started on "ST":X; there's a special level of hell waiting for Brent Spiner for that one), loving Zoolander and slasher films & B Horror, reading novels that almost steam themselves right out of my hands & onto the floor, not changing the radio dial if some disco comes on . . . there's more, but I'll spare you all. :ROFL:

My-Immortal
07-07-2007, 07:53 AM
Do you miss the view, M-I? ;)

Wouldn't you? ;)

pepperlandgirl
07-07-2007, 08:22 AM
Though I still believe my tastes are above reproach, I feel I have something to contribute to this thread.

In the past 4 weeks I have:
--paid to see Hot Fuzz in the movie theater six times
--bought the special-edition DVDs from amazon uk and paid out the ass to do so
--Gone to see Hot Fuzzin the theater AFTER I paid out the ass to own the dvds (and after they arrived)
--Downloaded it to my laptop so I can watch it whenever I like.
--I have officially seen Hot Fuzz twelve times. I have watched Shaun of the Dead four times, and all 14 episodes of Spaced in the past 3 weeks.
--I am in love with Simon Pegg. If that's wrong, I don't want to be right.

Sean D. Schaffer
07-07-2007, 11:00 AM
Many things said in threads over the past many months, and things I've come to realize about myself while talking to people here and in "real life" have me wondering . . .

Are you ever embarassed to admit liking something? Say a program on television, or a movie most people around you mock? If you sit down in front of the TV for an hour every week with a program that honestly entertains you, and gives you great enjoyment, but has no "redeeming qualities" or you've heard people make fun of it - does that embarass you?

And if so - Why?

I suppose it's basic human instinct to not want public association with something your peers don't agree with. But do you change YOUR perception of someone when you find out what they watch or enjoy?

I don't mean to turn this into True Confessions or anything - I'm just sitting here on the back deck with the laptop, after having just watched a British television show on DVD that I'd kill to discuss - but realized I'm too afraid to ask if anyone here knows it - in case it seems silly.

And that, in and of itself, is a bit silly.

No?



Believe it or not, I used to watch, when I had a television, some kids shows (I'm almost 36) including Pokemon, Digimon, and other shows that really were not made for my generation.

The other thing I used to do was watch a DVD of The Ten Commandments (the 1956 version with Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner) except I would only watch certain scenes ... again and again and again ... for the sake of the soundtrack. I hardly ever actually watched the whole movie.

Kadea
07-07-2007, 12:10 PM
I'm totally addicted to Jericho. Believe it or not, I actually went on to the CBS site when I heard on the news that it was cancelled. Did anyone know that the fans staged a campaign and sent in (literally) tons of peanuts to the corporation in protest? It worked and now the show is being put back on again. How funny. But I am still rather embarassed to share that I have seen every single episode (thanx DVR!).

Evaine
07-07-2007, 02:27 PM
My secret vice is old swashbuckling films - Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power as Zorro, pirate films done in the back lot at Paramount, Ronald Coleman in the Prisoner of Zenda.... and films like The Vikings with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis.

They make me happy, so why not?

Sohia Rose
07-07-2007, 04:25 PM
My circle of friends would frown upon me if they knew I watched sci-fi movies and programs. But mind you, I asked one of my friends if she knew about the laws of physics, and she said, "What is physics?" :crazy:

swvaughn
07-07-2007, 04:47 PM
(don't get me started on "ST":X; there's a special level of hell waiting for Brent Spiner for that one)

I am SO glad that I've never heard of this. There's something to be said for not having TV any more, soon after the demise of TNG. :D

WriterInChains
07-07-2007, 07:19 PM
swvaughn - I meant the movie (X = #10). I won't even type that title, it hurts to think it. :tongue You're smart to toss the tube, except for music DVDs & the occasional show/movie, mine's a silent box staring into space in my living room. Very attractive.

benbradley
07-07-2007, 09:23 PM
As a white teen in the city I was embarrassed to let others know I watched both "Hee Haw" and "Soul Train" but I always enjoyed the music. Sometimes I even enjoyed the Hee Haw comedy: "The price of duck feathers has increased. Yes, even the price of down is up." Fortunately for you, that's the only one I remember.


My circle of friends would frown upon me if they knew I watched sci-fi movies and programs. But mind you, I asked one of my friends if she knew about the laws of physics, and she said, "What is physics?" :crazy:
Sometimes I'm tempted to give a dynamic, personal, visceral demonstration of Newton's laws of motion...

"Use the product of mass and acceleration, Luke."

Siddow
07-07-2007, 10:02 PM
I am too old to care what people think about the things I enjoy.

Yes, I watch Dr. Phil.

scarletpeaches
07-07-2007, 10:10 PM
He tells it like it is. :D

Stacia Kane
07-07-2007, 10:21 PM
--I am in love with Simon Pegg. If that's wrong, I don't want to be right.

Agreed. Totally want Pegg. It's an obsession.

(I LOVE Spaced!)

scarletpeaches
07-07-2007, 10:25 PM
He gets his nipples abused in Guest House Paradiso, if you're interested...?

Danger Jane
07-07-2007, 10:55 PM
Of course, the thing is, there's absolutely no reason for anyone to be embarassed about anything - we all have different tastes and see things other people don't see.

I hate reality shows - but that's not completely true because I love Top Chef and Project Runway. Soccer Mom and I talk about those two every week. I can't say WHAT I like about those two, but they're the only two I watch. And watching them gives me pleasure.

Maybe it's not Hello Kitty porn, but pleasure nonetheless :D

But...but...those are GOOD reality shows!

I don't get embarrassed but a couple of my friends mock me for atching Kyle XY.

Yes I know it's kind of lame but come on, isn't everyone allowed to venture to ABC Family like...ONCE in a while?

Shwebb
07-08-2007, 01:28 AM
*deep breath*

Okay. I was addicted to that show on the SciFi channel "Stan Lee's 'Who Wants to be a Superhero?'" I don't know why, but I really liked it. Made my best friend watch it with me.

Sometimes I like watching the "Big Joe Polka Show" on RFD. I like to make up stories and comments about the dancers. It has such a "local fair" feel to it that's so familiar to me.

When I find "Hee-Haw," "Lawrence Welk," or "Porter Waggoner Show" on, I make whoever is with me watch it for at least five minutes or until blood starts coming out their eyes and ears; whichever is first. Or when the screams and moans grow louder than the volume of my television at its highest setting.

pepperlandgirl
07-08-2007, 01:36 AM
He gets his nipples abused in Guest House Paradiso, if you're interested...?

Simon Pegg? Yes, yes, I am interested.


Agreed. Totally want Pegg. It's an obsession.

(I LOVE Spaced!)

I tell you what, December, I find more and more reasons to think you're the bee's knees every day.

I just remembered I got some fucking Jaffa Cakes in my pocket!

scarletpeaches
07-08-2007, 01:47 AM
An explanation of Guest House Paradiso (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guest_House_Paradiso) for people who want to Pegg it.

US Amazon link (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004YVDN/imdb-button/) for Peggites across the pond.

Stacia Kane
07-08-2007, 03:27 AM
Simon Pegg? Yes, yes, I am interested.



I tell you what, December, I find more and more reasons to think you're the bee's knees every day.


Vice effing versa, pepper!

Alexandra Little
07-08-2007, 07:53 AM
Well, now that the Spice Girls are reuniting...

Kadea
07-08-2007, 10:43 AM
Well, now that the Spice Girls are reuniting...


That's hilarious! :ROFL:

tjwriter
07-08-2007, 05:08 PM
Oh, jeez. Shall I thoroughly embarass myself then? I've got tastes all over the board, so it's a wide spread.

I'm completely addicted to Eureka and Psych. (Not so bad, you say.)

I love Laurie Berkner music. It's silly and makes no sense, but it's fun and happy. Byproduct of having a little one.

I used to make my husband watch Digimon with me every Saturday morning after we got home from work. In fact, I made him watch all the cartoons on Fox, as it was the only channel we had at the time. I really enjoyed the first few episodes of the Winx Club, too.

I like several of those cheesy SciFi Channel movies.

Is that enough for now?

ChaosTitan
07-08-2007, 06:11 PM
I'm completely addicted to Eureka and Psych. (Not so bad, you say.)


Psych is awesome!! :hooray:


And it's new season starts this Friday on USA. Characters welcome. :D

ALLWritety
07-08-2007, 06:16 PM
I am too busy playing "catch up" to be embarassed. That means Taiwan doesn't get many TV shows from the rest of the world and when they do they are seasons behind. SO I don't get to see any thing current.

Everyone say - aaaarrr Poor boy!
Kev.

tjwriter
07-08-2007, 06:55 PM
Psych is awesome!! :hooray:


And it's new season starts this Friday on USA. Characters welcome. :D

Dude totally reminds me of one of my brother's friends. I set DVR to record both shows seasons in case I miss an episode.

MidnightMuse
07-09-2007, 12:46 AM
Oh, jeez. Shall I thoroughly embarass myself then? I've got tastes all over the board, so it's a wide spread.

I'm completely addicted to Eureka and Psych. (Not so bad, you say.)


I've already got my DVR season pass scheduled for Eureka, just in case something comes up and I miss anything - and don't you just love those little "informercials" for Eureka they have scattered about?

It's good to know we all have such diverse and unique tastes. We're writers, after all - if we can't be odd, who can?

Kadea
07-09-2007, 11:22 AM
watching Gene Simmons Family Jewels (as I surf the net right this minute). Should I be embarassed? Just curious...

poetinahat
07-09-2007, 11:33 AM
*hangs head, shoulders slump*
BeeGees soundtrack Saturday Night Fever
I get stupid-happy when it's on the radio.
I know all the words.
I freaked when my cd got scratched.

That, my friend, is only natural. It's a great album. "Open Sesame" is a forgotten masterpiece.


I love Hello Kitty and porn -- is that so wrong?
Yes, Ray. Yes, it is.

Oh -- you didn't mean together. Well, then.

(What? You did?! Yikes.)

sassandgroove
07-09-2007, 06:55 PM
watching Gene Simmons Family Jewels (as I surf the net right this minute). Should I be embarassed? Just curious...Oh I would probably watch that too. What channel is it on?

Kadea
07-09-2007, 09:59 PM
Oh I would probably watch that too. What channel is it on?

It's on A&E on sunday nights. I've never been a huge KISS fan (my husband is though), but it's really fascinating to see how he has this stage persona and how completely different Gene is in his home life. Really reminds you that so many of these famous personalities are only an act and not really who they are.

zahra
07-09-2007, 11:19 PM
Someone of my acqaintance intimated I should be ashamed of my deep affection for 'City Confidential' ('Crime Central' in UK). Can't think why.

Soccer Mom
07-09-2007, 11:29 PM
I watch all sorts of freaky things that I'd never admit to you people. So there.

MidnightMuse
07-09-2007, 11:30 PM
:D

TrainofThought
07-11-2007, 04:05 AM
There are a few past shows that I loved watching, but was embarrassed to admit it.

Dawson’s Creek - Because I think Joshua Jackson is sexy. (young :D)
Everwood - Because I’ve loved Treat Williams since I saw him in Hair. (experienced :D)

*sigh* I love men.

Bertha Babette
07-11-2007, 04:11 PM
Let's not even talk about the fact that I was listening to and singing along with the New Kids on the Block when I came across this thread.


BUT I HAVE AN EXCUSE!!!!!

I'm lying... I don't :(

Southern_girl29
07-12-2007, 08:20 PM
We love Gene Simmons Family Jewels in our house, too, and I also love Laurie Berkner's music. She's wonderful, and her music doesn't get on my nerves at all.

I DVR Little House on the Prairie episodes. My husband kids me about this one. I also like America's Next Top Model. I'm ashamed to admit that but not ashamed to admit that I like other reality shows, like Survivor and American Idol.

ccarver30
07-12-2007, 08:49 PM
I absolutely love *Nsync. Still do. Had them blaring yesterday and watched a DVD last night. I get made fun of a lot for it, but what can I do? Lie to myself and say I don't like it? That seems much worse than the ridicule I endure...

(not tv/movies, I know, but still)