So today in my social psychology class, we did an activity. The activity was to answer the question “what would you do if you could do anything you wanted and not be identified?” we wrote our answers on a note card and then they were shuffled and re-distributed so that we could categorize them as antisocial, non-normative but not antisocial, neutral and prosocial.
I was a little put off by the one I got. It read:
Take a car and run over Justin Beiber and all musicians like him! then put the car in reverse and do it again!
Now, normally I would take that as popular hate. I understand that people aren’t big fans of his, or many teeny-boppers. It’s become popular to talk about how much you hate songs–how badly Rebecca Black sucked because of Friday, how you want to throw a brick at the radio when you hear Call Me Maybe, how Baby makes you want to gouge your eyes out. It’s popular, but the fact that someone had this so high on their priority list that when nobody else would know who did it, that’s what they put.
I have a huge problem with this. I don’t have a problem with people disliking the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Beiber, One Direction, Selena Gomez, etc AS MUSICIANS. But when you start talking about harming yourself or others because you don’t like their music, I have a problem with that. Now, I don’t take it too seriously because I don’t think that many people will get a chance to harm these people. But they’re just doing what they do to make a living. If you work at a restaurant and someone doesn’t like your food, would you want them threatening you or your well-being because they didn’t like what they ate? If someone doesn’t like the service they got at a department store that you worked for, would you want them to threaten you or hate you as a person for?
It’s ridiculous. I personally enjoy teeny-bopper music, I think it’s fun and it’s something I can enjoy and have fun with with my little siblings, and I understand why people don’t like the music.
But I think it’s silly for people to speak out hatefully because they don’t like music. Words are heavy. Use them well and use them for something far more important than expressing your opinion of someone because you don’t like their music.