Tater Takes On Guilty Pleasures, Reviews and Anything Else That Pops Into His Weird Mind

Guilty Pleasures: I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I read, watch and listen to plenty of things people will make fun of. I recently had that happen with my love of the Hamilton soundtrack and musicals in general. Around this same time someone mentioned something being their “guilty pleasure.” I don’t understand the concept of a guilty pleasure. If you enjoy something why would it make you feel guilty. Unless, of course, that “pleasure” is illegal or immoral. If this is the case then, yes, you should feel guilty. I freely admit to things that others would call a guilty pleasure with no shame at all. I love musicals. I watch Grey’s Anatomy. I watched Gilmore Girls regularly when it was on TV. I read sparkly pink YA book meant for teenage girls. I got addicted to the Game Show Network while at my mom’s house and wish I was home in the afternoon to watch Chain Reaction. I watched the soap opera Santa Barbara from the first to the last episode. I’m currently watching Live with Kelly and think Fred Savage should become the permanent co-host. I’m addicted to Facebook and spend a lot of time on social media. Does any of this make me guilty or ashamed? Nope. Why would I be ashamed to send time watching or reading things that make me happy? I don’t feel the need to pretend to be something I’m not. I don’t care if book, movies or music(80’s and pop punk) get good reviews. I only care about how they make me feel.

Reviews: I recently read a review of a comedy movie. Inside the review, the reviewer says you will laugh hard several times. The reviewer then goes on to give the movie a bad overall review. So, a comedy film is funny but is considered a failure? If I go to a comedy, I am going because I want to laugh. If I laugh a lot and hard isn’t that a success? Does it matter if the overall story is great? Are people really going to Neighbors 2 because they wanted a deep, meaningful story? Do reviewers even understand why people go to the movies?  There are some movies in every genre that are dependent on a strong story, excellent acting, score, etc in order to achieve what they are attempting. Some movies, like Neighbors 2, are just meant to make you laugh. Did it make you laugh? Mission accomplished. Stop reading so deeply into things that aren’t meant to be deep. Same goes for TV shows. Also, once you no longer like the medium you should probably stop reviewing it.

Performing the Beatles, Prince, Queen, etc : I was already tired of hearing people opine that people should never attempt to cover the Beatles and was reaching that point with people saying the same about Queen. Now, I’ve already had someone on the Today Show(who makes sure to mention regularly that Prince was a friend) say the same thing in response to the Madonna and Stevie Wonder performance last night. There are a lot of bad cover out there. I agree on that point. My feelings, though, are if you are doing a tribute or making the song your own, then cover away. Most will never be as good as the original, but no one is un-coverable.

Rain: Hot take: I’m tired of it. Please stop.

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6 Comments

  1. I’m in total agreement about all of this. To use a hackneyed phrase that is on point here, it is what it is. Guilty pleasures are not really a reason to feel guilty unless you’re pretending to be something you’re not otherwise. Reviews of movies meant to be funny or escapist entertainment should be reviewed with that context in mind. Did it succeed in its purported purpose? Was it heavy, deep, and real? Neither of those types of entertainment are really intended to be that, so shut up already.

    On the rain front. Yeah. I’m done.

  2. I too agree with your post!

    I feel no guilt for spending hours upon hours binge-watching TV shows… yes, it is a waste of time to some people, but for me it’s a relaxing time and more often than not I keep my hands busy with knitting or cross stitching…so there! I AM PRODUCTIVE too hehe

    Movie critics get on my nerves sometimes I always wonder how they got to get that job and suck so much at it!

    I heard about the nonsense with Madonna and Stevie Wonder performance and people say it really sucked. I didn’t watch it, I just heard bits and pieces played on the radio…. they tried.

    Can’t help you with the rain either :S we didn’t have any for some time so I can’t even say I feel your pain. But is “stay dry!” good for encouragement? 🙂

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