“What’s my guilty pleasure? The thing is, I never feel guilty about pleasures,” said Tom Hiddleston.
Everyone is secretly obsessed with something they are too ashamed to admit. For some people it might be gossip magazines or Justin Bieber, and for others it may be the Twilight Saga or Trivia Crack. I on the other hand, I am proud to admit that my guilty pleasure is the controversial reality TV show, “The Bachelor.”
Yes, every Monday I finish my homework super early so I can watch women fight over a man for two fantastic hours. But does that mean that I believe in women objectifying themselves and shedding all self respect just to impress a man who is cheating on all of them for the whole world to see? No, it doesn’t. It just means that I enjoy unwinding and watching a little garbage after a long stressful day. And do I feel bad about it? No, not at all.
It irritates me to no end when people try to scold others for liking things that can be construed as controversial. You are not defined by what you choose to indulge in.
I read the whole Twilight series. Twice. People constantly asked me, “Why do you read that stuff? It’s so dumb and corny.” Just because I read them doesn’t mean I want give up my soul and marry a vampire for all eternity. Maybe I just want to do a little outside reading for fun instead of reading another book from the 1800s for homework.
This is why I want to get rid of the term ‘guilty pleasure’ once and for all. People shouldn’t have to feel guilty for liking something that makes happy, so let’s stop judging. It would be so much easier if we could all just admit our guilty pleasures in some sort of reality TV sharing circle. I think everyone would be surprised to see how much we hide because we are afraid to admit that reality TV shows are the best thing since sliced bread.
So, the next time some ignoramus picks on you for liking something that makes you happy, just remember you have nothing to be ashamed of. Besides, that person is probably sitting at home watching reruns of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and wondering when it will be cool to like Nickelback again.