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Hey, Don't Judge Me by "smart girls who love some bad things". Hey, Don't Judge Me exists for one reason only: to be a place where we don’t have to hide our love of schlock anymore. . . Media recaps and reviews. Television. Movies. Comics. Srsly Good Music. Redemption Corner. Mefi's own elizardbits is a contributor. Twitter @hey_dontjudgeme
posted by mlis (44 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
It seems somewhat slashdotted at the moment.
posted by grouse at 4:14 PM on August 2, 2011


Yeah I can't connect either. Are the bajillion TLC shows about baking cakes and buying wedding dresses and eating rocks and toilet paper on there? Cuz holy crap, does my wife love those and they are TERRIBLE.
posted by Hoopo at 4:16 PM on August 2, 2011


I can't connect, so I'll just say that while I like the title, people judge other people because they like to feel superior to others, and so, while "Don't Judge Me!" is lighthearted and fun, I'm now mentally translating it as a very angry and accusatory, "Don't think you're any better than I am!" which I imagine is way more discordant and amusing considering whatever this site probably discusses, should I ever get to read it.
posted by Navelgazer at 4:20 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


No TLC shows. Game of Thrones, True Blood, Glee, Breaking Bad, The Bachelorette, Jersey Shore, et cetera.
posted by mlis at 4:21 PM on August 2, 2011


Don't Tell Me What to Do.
posted by notyou at 4:22 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


a place where we don't have to hide our love of schlock anymore

Isn't that place called "the Internet"?
posted by neroli at 4:23 PM on August 2, 2011 [7 favorites]


Everyone likes to think of themselves as a "smart" person who likes some dumb things. Also, it's hilarious imagining those dummies who think the Weekly World News is real.
posted by straight at 4:28 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


This might be great, but neroli's quip above seems like a big truth to me. In fact, everyone seems to love schlock these days. A throaty embrace of the low today seems to me to be the opposite of courageous -- conventional.

I'd much rather read a website that dares to be snobby.
posted by grobstein at 4:30 PM on August 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


In fact, everyone seems to love schlock these days. A throaty embrace of the low today seems to me to be the opposite of courageous -- conventional.
This is very true, and yet, AND YET, there are still people who will look at you like you have three heads if you like the one thing is true and utter crap with no redeeming value*.

*in their estimation.

I also think this "LOOK AT ME I'M SO LOW-BROW AND YET SOPHISTICATED TO KNOW I'M ENJOYING SOMETHING LOW-BRO" is also kind of running from that demon in our own minds. It's okay because I'm self-aware. Right? Right?
posted by bleep at 4:36 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I really liked the recaps for the most recent episodes of True Blood and Breaking Bad.
posted by mlis at 4:39 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


So, to recap:

* There are lots of sites on the internet that embrace the low of brow;
* There are lots of sites on the internet that address the high of brow;
* There is no way the linked site is going to escape the MeFi derision it has apparently earned by virtue of its name.
* Which is funny, as it's called "Don't Judge Me".
posted by everichon at 4:40 PM on August 2, 2011


the best part was achieving my lifelong dream to be the #1 google hit for "gay gladiator buttsex," basically.
posted by elizardbits at 4:44 PM on August 2, 2011 [8 favorites]


That is likewise my lifelong dream and I'll have you know that this current state of affairs will not stand!
posted by Avenger at 4:52 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


DO NOT JUDGE ME FOR THE THING I AM PRESENTING PUBLICLY TO BE JUDGED!
posted by lumpenprole at 4:54 PM on August 2, 2011


What's shameful about GoT or Breaking Bad?
posted by jrossi4r at 4:58 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


This sounds like something right up my best friend's alley, but then I imagine her snarky derision and decide to not send the link.
posted by Kitteh at 5:04 PM on August 2, 2011


Well I haven't seen much of Breaking Bad, but GoT is a swords-and-sorcery fantasy action/melodrama with dragons and giants and icy zombies and boobies. That's often enough to get something dismissed outright as trashy nerd fare, deserving or not. I for one love that show.
posted by Hoopo at 5:07 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


What's shameful about GoT or Breaking Bad?

It's something you need a tv to understand.
posted by cnelson at 5:11 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Pleasure that harms no one is too rare a thing to feel guilty about.
posted by The Whelk at 5:15 PM on August 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


Since the links are broken, will all of you in this thread make a safe place for me to come to terms with my ongoing love/hate relationship with Gossip Girl?
posted by Dr. Zira at 5:27 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


A throaty embrace of the low today seems to me to be the opposite of courageous -- conventional.

Yes because whether or not I like something depends on whether or not it is popular.

Disliking something because it is popular is just as stupid as the reverse. Caring about whether it is "courageous" to like something is ridiculous.
posted by wildcrdj at 5:50 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


First 4 posts that I see are Spartacus, Breaking Bad, Hoarders, and True Blood.

Those are all pretty hip and trendy and entertaining shows. They aren't really going out on a limb. Who are they defending themselves against?
posted by ian1977 at 5:57 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Seriously. I love watching Hoarders. It makes me clean house like a champ.
posted by duvatney at 5:58 PM on August 2, 2011 [6 favorites]


Yes because whether or not I like something depends on whether or not it is popular.

Disliking something because it is popular is just as stupid as the reverse. Caring about whether it is "courageous" to like something is ridiculous.


The whole premise of this website is wrapped around the public response to what you like. Judge, don't judge, etc. It's set up as a rebellion against a public hierarchy of taste. You might not care about that -- or you might protest too much -- but I wasn't talking about you, I was talking about the FPP.
posted by grobstein at 6:01 PM on August 2, 2011



Seriously. I love watching Hoarders. It makes me clean house like a champ.


Sigh. I wish. It just makes me think 'meh, at least it isn't as bad as all that'
posted by ian1977 at 6:02 PM on August 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


Disliking something because it is popular is just as stupid as the reverse. Caring about whether it is "courageous" to like something is ridiculous.

Yeah? Well, then explain all these extra cool points I have laying around for being courageous enough to love Evening Shade unironically! Scads!
posted by ian1977 at 6:05 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


but I wasn't talking about you, I was talking about the FPP

I guess I was too, come to think about it (in that I was reacting to the same sentiment as you).
posted by wildcrdj at 6:06 PM on August 2, 2011


Haha, sorry, I just kinda assumed I was getting into a fight there
posted by grobstein at 6:07 PM on August 2, 2011


Worth it for having a "gay gladiator buttsex" tag alone. And "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" is exactly the sort of thing you shold be ashamed for liking, but like anyway.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 6:15 PM on August 2, 2011


exactly the sort of thing you shold be ashamed for liking, but like anyway.

What? Ashamed? Never! That show is balls out awesome. Or can be anyhow. It's not supposed to be Shakespeare. Then again, Shakespeare wasn't supposed to be Shakespeare either was it?
posted by ian1977 at 6:22 PM on August 2, 2011


Then again, Shakespeare wasn't supposed to be Shakespeare either was it?

Shakespeare was able to be both high and low.

But you knew that.
posted by IndigoJones at 6:30 PM on August 2, 2011


dismissed outright as trashy nerd fare

True. I guess I just thought that its general popularity and critical success might outweigh that. But you're right. My sisters rib me mercilessly about my nerdtastic love of GoT.
posted by jrossi4r at 7:03 PM on August 2, 2011



Pleasure that harms no one is too rare a thing to feel guilty about.


Your ideas intrigue me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.
posted by sweetkid at 9:44 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Cool, it's Smart Bitches, Trashy Television!
posted by jenfullmoon at 11:06 PM on August 2, 2011


Metafilter: I'd much rather read a website that dares to be snobby.
posted by formless at 11:20 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Agree with mlis - The Breaking Bad reviews are well worth reading if you love the show. Among the best I have read.
posted by communicator at 3:57 AM on August 3, 2011


neat. i'll put this next to my TWOP bookmark. i say to the husband all the time "don't judge me!"

my love is competition shows - clothes, cooking, interior design, robot wars, i'm a celebrity get me out of here, etc (as an aside, just how guilty should i feel for liking ant&dec? as an american i lack the context, but i get the sense i shouldn't laugh, but laugh i do).
posted by nadawi at 6:05 AM on August 3, 2011


people judge other people because they like to feel superior to others, and so, while "Don't Judge Me!" is lighthearted and fun, I'm now mentally translating it as a very angry and accusatory, "Don't think you're any better than I am!"

....A tangent, but this is actually a good point. The whole "don't judge me" has recently struck me as unnecessarily defensive, like you're apologizing for liking something. And that's started rubbing me the wrong way when I do that -- look, if you like something, why apologize for it?

I've started embracing that kind of thing instead. On some talk show, David Tennant came to the defense of one of his own guilty pleasures, but instead of "Hey, I like Coldplay, don't judge me" -- he said "hey, I like Coldplay, deal with it." And I've tried adopting that instead when I think of it.

Because, Law and Order SVU is a fine show. Deal with it.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:52 AM on August 3, 2011


Don't Fucking Tell Me What To Do
posted by pupdog at 3:04 PM on August 3, 2011


Don't Fucking Tell Me What To Do

Robyn is a beautiful example of a bad thing I love. Don't judge me.
posted by formless at 4:42 PM on August 3, 2011


I thought I would check this out again. I can see the front page now but any of the categories are 500 Internal Server Error.
posted by grouse at 9:56 PM on August 3, 2011


i say "don't judge me" all the time. it's a nod towards joy from "my name is earl." she always said "don't judge me, earl!" she's pretty much my don't give a shit, be as trashy as you wanna be role model, so when i'm watching things others would find shameful (i watch so much make the dress, the meal, the house shows that i have to watch foreign editions to satiate my need), i channel joy and get on liking what i like.
posted by nadawi at 5:37 AM on August 4, 2011


I judge everything and everyone, including myself. I don't understand why so many people seem to resist using their powers of judgement. It really is most peculiar.
posted by Decani at 11:33 AM on August 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


I thought I would check this out again. I can see the front page now but any of the categories are 500 Internal Server Error.

We finally fixed our hosting issues, yay. So it should all be up and running now.
posted by elizardbits at 1:12 PM on August 4, 2011


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