Look, I know this makes me a bad person, I just don't care.
I really, really hate it when dumb people like the same things I like.
It's like the phenomenon where hipsters only like a band until it goes mainstream and gets "too popular," only even more petty. And believe me, I don't like admitting that a hipster could be superior to me in any way.
Take It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I think it's hilarious. When I find out someone else I like watches it, we share a well-deserved (albeit smug) little moment of, "Yeah, we're awesome people, it's good to be us."
This principle applies to many TV shows, even more movies, and about a gazillion books. It's like a gateway to Insta-Friendship. We may not actually have a lot in common, but we both know who Rickety Cricket is.
But then sometimes it backfires, like when a person I otherwise know to be dumb and/or lame starts quoting Arrested Development. I have a little moment of nausea (ps - I have to look up the spelling of "nausea" literally every time I write it) and want to scream, "You are not nearly awesome enough to even KNOW about that show!"
Yeah, like I said. More petty than a hipster. Not proud of it.
The strange thing is, unlike the hipster phenomenon, I want awesome people to know about awesome things, which is why I blab so much about Modern Family and Cougartown and Mad Men (and see above where I threw out It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, which is totally not appropriate for children or the non-potty-minded, don't-say-I-didn't-warn-you?) I just don't want lame people to know about the awesome things.
Because I can't help but suspect that the lame people don't truly get it. That they are laughing at the wrong things, or misintrepreting the symbolism, or whatever. Or even if they do get it, but then they go too far, like some douche saying "Friday Night Lights is the best television show EVER MADE," and I just start squirming because (a) I love Friday Night Lights, (b) I'm not sure why this douche agrees with me and (c) I am now in the uncomfortable position of wanting to explain that while I love Friday Night Lights with all my heart, and would heartily recommend it to anyone, it is not the best television show EVER MADE, season 2 murder plot anyone? And honestly, who goes around saying, "The best EVER" about anything, other than sobbing thirteen-year-olds clutching a well-worn copy of Twilight? (I forgive you because you are so young.)
I imagine this is some small approximation of how someone who saw the original Star Wars as a kid felt, sitting in Episode One a few decades later, staring numbly up at Jar-Jar Binks, surrounded by screaming teenagers having joygasms over the special effects. That moment must have basically been the Platonic ideal of "WTF."
In the future, I will attempt to get over myself. In the meantime, please continue to suggest to me the awesome things that I don't yet know about, and I will try to do the same for you.