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Why SpaceManAndy has no guilty pleasures, and you shouldn’t either.

I have no guilty pleasures. “But SpaceManAndy” you say, “I’ve seen you tweet about General Hospital. Soaps are the epitome of guilty pleasures, right?”

Wrong. I don’t feel guilty about watching soap operas. Not one bit. Soap Operas are just another medium for story telling, and a rather unique one at that. Soaps, like comic books are unique in that the story lines can go on for decades. I’m talking real time here. The actors, directors, and writers may change, but it is one continuous story, just like how the art style and writers change in comics. It really hit me a couple years ago when Sonny and Brenda were going to get married (again). She said something to him about how he left her at the altar 20 years ago. It literally happened 20 years ago! With those two characters, in the early 90s.

Yeah, she's the chick from Las Vegas

Anyway, my post today is not about soap operas. It’s about just liking what you like and not feeling guilty about it. Soaps are cheesy, soaps have some less than stellar acting, but I don’t watch for those reasons. Soaps can unfold a story like almost no other medium. It’s daily, which means they can tell A LOT of story. I just find value in different places.

I love Ke$ha. Is it because I think she’s hot? Nope. Is it because I think that she is the best singer? No. Is her music cutting edge and innovative and meaningful? Nope. I enjoy Ke$ha because she is skilled at capturing a feeling. I listen to her music, I can’t help but be pulled into that world. FUCK YES! Let’s go to that underground club with punch spiked with god knows what and throw glitter and get dirty and play strip games and be debaucherous until the sun comes up!

kesha

The other day I found someone on Reddit was talking about Magic. Someone thought they were talking about Magic the Gathering, and were disappointed to find out that they weren’t. The guy said he was sad because he couldn’t find anyone to play with. I said that I was surprised that he didn’t have ANY friends that either played or were willing to learn. Turns out he hadn’t even told any of his friends. He was so embarrassed about his guilty pleasure that he just resigned himself to being sad that no one would play with him, and never even bothered to ask. Why?

I favor Black and Red if you care.

We aren’t in high school anymore. Do you really think some one is not going to be your friend anymore because they find out you like Soaps, or Ke$ha, or Magic the Gathering? Hell no! Stop feeling guilty. Think about why you like those things, and if someone challenges you, simply tell them what you like about it. My fiance and I watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Yeah, I’m saying it out loud, and posting it on the internet. I won’t feel guilty about it. That show has a lore, and some serial plot. I honestly can’t wait for season 4. And to be honest, I think the world would be a better place if more people valued friendship a little more.

So, join me, friends!

Stand up, admit your pleasures and eschew guilt!

Stop ignoring things just because they’re mainstream. People who don’t WATCH television aren’t impressing anyone. You’re ignoring a medium of story telling. Yes, there’s some irredeemable garbage out there, but there’s also Mad Men and Downton Abbey.

SHOUT YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE TO THE ROOFTOP! (or in the comments)

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  • jspoke

    I’m with you on Ke$ha. Read the lyrics out loud like a poem – don’t sing them. That’s an experience.

    • SpaceManAndy

      And an excellent way to pre-game.

  • http://twitter.com/ACraftyGrk K. Gus Fotinos

    I can finally hold my head up high when watching reruns of The Facts of Life without being embarrassed. Oh happy day!

  • http://twitter.com/lizrawr Liz™

    Remember that time I made fun of you for watching My Little Pony and then you made me watch it and now I’m in love with it?

  • g

    Glee Season 1

    • SpaceManAndy

      Ain’t no shame in Season 1. Even Season 2. I haven’t watched any of this season though.

      • g

        Thank you! Via Netflix streaming, I am only now going through Season 1 (likely 3/4 of the way through) and I’m pretty astounded by how good it was(/is?) Pretty uncool among my pals and it’s useless to explain to them why I find it good – and I admit, when Season 1 was airing, I was pretty much like, there’s not going to be anything redeeming about this crappy TV show. I was tipped to it by an older sib with a tween daughter – they are also watching it now and love it and he’s a bit of a tough critic re: tv, movies, art, etc. I’m not a big fan of whatever songs they re-create/showcase (IMHO, the silliest and weakest part of every episode), I’m more amazed at the
        look of the show, the writing and the characters – just a neat and interesting new way of delivering yet another high school situation television show. And ok, during a few of the epis, this 42 year old, cynical adult cried. There, it’s all out. I feel better. Great article!

        • SpaceManAndy

          I agree (about Season 1). It was interesting. It was different. The characters had elaborate plots and schemes. Starting around Season 3, they just started making the characters dumb. No one had any real goals other than superficial “I want to be a star” goals. They also started doing this “hot button issue of the week” thing where they would address teen suicide or domestic abuse for one episode and have everyone be over it by the next week. Remember that time Finn totally outed Santana, then they sang a song about it and everything was cool?

  • http://twitter.com/TheBishopofCTB The Bishop of CTB

    I love watching super hero cartoons…like Young Justice or the new Spider Man one. I can get away with watching them with my kids, but when my wife catches me watching them alone she laughs at me.

    • SpaceManAndy

      Do not be ashamed, friend. When she laughs, hold your head high.