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Saturday, February 22, 2020

February 22-23, 2020: Crowd-sourced Non-Favorites

[I try to keep this blog pretty positive, as befitting a critical optimist perspective, but once a year it’s time to air some grievances. Leading up to this, one of my favorite crowd-sourced posts of the year—add yours in comments!]
Following up Monday’s post, here’s my friend and colleague Matthew Teutsch on the problems with To Kill a Mockingbird.
Following up Thursday’s post, Spencer Dodd Tweets “For many years, I misheard the lyrics of "Africa" and thought the song was a lot more overtly messed up.” Bob Blaskiewicz adds, “Oh god. The video is so wrong.”
Apropos of Friday’s post, Joanne Baranofsky nominates a couple historical figures of her own: “Very big disappointment in James Buchanan as a president. He’s a huge precursor to the Civil War and didn’t really do much with his presidency. I saw a statue of him when I visited my friend at Dickinson and told the statue it was a waste of space.” She adds, “Also sad that Calico Jack Rackham existed. Mary Read and Anne Bonny would have been much more successful without him holding them back. They both were caught and hanged because of him.”
Ellak Roach goes with “Henry. Kissinger. Possibly one of the most evil people to ever live, and who I am convinced only continues to do so based on the souls of the innocent he collects from each bloodbath he helps instigate.” He adds, “For the #twitterstorians crowd, check out Kissinger’s Shadow, it’s a gripping and terrifying read into the history of the “Frankenstein of Foreign Affairs,” according to author Greg Grandin.”
Kathryn Tomasek nominates “Stanton and Anthony for their racism.”
Other non-favorites:
Summer Lopez writes, “Ad Astra was a terrible movie. I have possibly never been so bored.” She adds, “Back to my movie grievances, recently watched Raging Bull for the first time and it’s horrible. It’s a portrait of an uninteresting serial abuser who undergoes no personal growth whatsoever. I have no idea why we’re supposed to like it. Also Cathy Moriarty was actually a child (17) when filming its sex and abuse scenes. Gross on all levels.”
Anne Holub nominates, “Um…This guy.”
Sabrina Marie writes, “Cliché things like marriage proposals on holidays, anniversaries, birthdays etc. That's the biggest for me.”
Troy Brownfield admits, “Fine. I can’t stand Imagine Dragons.”
Andrew DaSilva goes with “Anything and everything Harry Potter, there I said it. I know it's not the most popular thing to say let alone post for all to see on the online interwebs but if there's one thing that makes my body quiver with a deep repulsive cringe it's all things Harry Potter...”
Lara Schwartz writes, “Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill is cloying, shallow, and over-rated.” She adds, “And I like Taco Bell bean burritos, okay? No, it's not Mexican food. It's a different food group” (which breaks the non-favorites spirit a bit, but I will never not share pro-TB content).
AnneMarie Donahue shares a bushel of “Unpopular Opinions: I hated Johnny Depp in the 80s and 90s, everyone finally caught up. Courtney shot Kurt, but really who cares? Dickens ain't shit. Romeo and Juliet is the worst comedy ever. Avenue 5 is creepy in all the right ways. I'm proud of the people who cheated on the McDonald’s monopoly thing. People should stop pretending we have a functioning government and just have purge nights. Tarot cards are a great way to live your life. Boats suck never get on those.”
Derek Tang writes, “With few exceptions (e.g. U2), bands with numbers in their name are terrible. Worst culprits? Maroon 5, Matchbox 20, 98 Degrees. He adds, “Seven Mary Three, UB40, Blink 182, Level 42, 10cc, Three Doors Down.”
And finally, Olivia Lucier shares a grievance I imagine a great many of us have: with a fundraising letter from the President Donald J. Trump Annual Fund Drive.
And finally finally, I’d add one more non-favorite of my own for the benefit of our white supremacist in chief: Gone with the Wind.
Next series starts Monday,
PS. What do you think? Other non-favorites you’d share?

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