My boy Andreas Hale over at BET wrote this hilarious rant that some of you haters on Blackplanet need to check out. Next time you say, “This is not news,” or “Why did you write about this stuff?” – not realizing that this is an entertainment site, then this rant applies to YOU.
It is, hands down, the worst word ever invented. Maybe, just maybe, somebody doesn’t actually like the something. God forbid that an individual has his/her own opinion. I’m not a big fan of Salmon. Does that make me a Salmon hater? I prefer the blackberry over the iPhone. Am I a iPhone hater now? If I had to choose, I’d pick LeBron over Kobe. Oh no…now I’m hating on Kobe Bryant right?
This label really sucks. Really it does.
And it has single handedly ruined the quality of our music.
Because of the word hater, an individual isn’t allowed to disagree with anything anymore. Allow me to treat you to some examples.
“I don’t like that song.”
“You a hater!”
“I don’t think you can buy a $2 burger with $1.22 in your pocket…”
“You a hater!!”
“You can’t get a job as a pathologist if you don’t finish 10th grade.”
“You a hater!!!”
“Damn man! You stink because you haven’t showered in 8 ½ days!”
“You a hater!!!!”
Even the most logical thing can be described as hating. It’s actually sickening to see how hating can relate to everything from musical taste to downright ridiculous thing such as having champagne taste with MD 20/20 or 40oz. with Old English pockets.
Never has there been a word that effortlessly shifts the blame to the person asked of their honest opinion. I’ve seen several situations firsthand where the critic was actually made perfect sense but was ridiculed so bad, he all of a sudden became the bad guy.
The truth of the matter is that if everyone would quit being scared of being labeled as a hater and would just be honest, Hip Hop would be in a better place.
If people said how they honestly felt about songs and artists, they wouldn’t be able use this bailout terminology to replace the blame for making a craptastic song. Perhaps good music would prevail.
It’s okay to tell someone that something sucks – maybe not in those terms but you get the gist. It’s equally okay for someone to genuinely not like something. If I’m not mistaken, we are individuals with our own minds right?
Maybe MC Rappidy Rap would dig a little deeper to make better music. Maybe the junk that ends up being released would never see the light of day.
Our standards have truly sunk to depths beyond the naked eye.
And we only have ourselves to blame.
So what I’m telling you is to embrace the word hater just like corny white folks embraced Hip Hop terms like “Fa Shizzle” and “Da Bomb.” Soon enough, it won’t be cool to call someone a hater anymore. It may actually become vomit inducing.
The Hater Killed Hip Hop.
But what the hell do I know? I’m just a hater.
“If I don’t like it, I don’t like it. That don’t mean that I’m hating.” © Common.