A New Year’s Suggestion

It’s a new year and a metric shit ton of people are making resolutions. The “New year, new me”, bandwagon is chugging along at full speed right now and while I’m pretty cynical about the whole thing, I think that it can be used as a catalyst to make some small changes in everyday life. Little changes can lead to big results if you keep at it, so let’s take a minute to look at one small change we could make, as a community, to make a big difference. Bear with me, alright?

How about we all make a conscious effort to not be massive cunts? That’s a pretty reasonable change, right? I’m saying this because I’ve seen so much of it lately. Over the past year, I’ve been really looking at the community at large and there is so much to love. I really feel at home around other horror fans about ninety percent of the time whether online or in person. I general, I think we’re a pretty decent bunch of humans but that isn’t what this is about.

There are multitudes of us and damn near as many movies that fall under the horror umbrella. Horror is the only thing I have seen that rivals metal in sheer number of subgenres and they all have their fans. We’re not a hive mind nor do we all have the same tastes. We are legion, we are many, and so are our interests. I’m not breaking new ground here I know; these are pretty obvious points. So why is it that every time someone says something negative about a movie a bunch of fanboys have to get their panties in a bunch and start attacking? I mean, a civil discussion is one thing but when you feel the need to insult someone for not liking the same films you do, you’re being a cunt and you should probably stop.

While we’re on that topic, let’s stop using films that people like as insults. Do you realize how much of a cunt you look like when you say, “oh, you don’t like X? I bet you’re a fan of The Conjuring”? So fucking what? Now not only are people not allowed to dislike things you like they aren’t allowed to like things you don’t? What kind of elitist bullshit is this? Seriously, most of us are adults and it’s time to fucking act like it. Like what you like, hate what you hate, and don’t be a shithead about it. I’m pretty open and blunt about my opinions but I’m not going to sit here and insult someone for liking IT or singing the praises of Rob Zombie.

This includes remakes! I get it, a bunch of remakes suck and reboots are played out. It gets old seeing the same old shit. Trust me, I get it. But can we, as a group, agree that it does no good to shame people for liking them or, gods forbid, liking them more than the original? I get that shitting on someone for enjoying a remake or a reboot makes you feel like the better horror fan but in reality it’s just endlessly fucking annoying. Don’t be that dude. By all means, cry around about remakes and shit all you want. That’s your prerogative. Just stop being a cunt to your fellow horror fan, or worse someone who is just getting into the genre, while you’re crying around.

While we’re at it, leave your political bullshit at the door. Sure, horror has long been a lens through which we look at several social issues. There are probably millions of words written on the social commentary in popular horror films. That’s not what I’m talking about. All I’m saying is that maybe people should stop throwing around words like misogynist, racist, soy boy, and cuck over film preference. It’s fucking stupid.  By all means, call out people who are actually being sexist and racist; make fun of soy boys. I don’t give a fuck.  Just accept that people like different shit than you, stop projecting your insecurities, and enjoy your fucking horror of preference. Jesus Christ on a unicycle, it’s not that fucking hard, y’all.

Well, that’s my rant. If you’re super mad at this point, maybe it’s because you’ve been being a cunt to people for super dumb reasons. Maybe you should look into that. Look man, I’m probably not your dad and I can’t tell you what to do; it’s just a suggestion. Stay spooky, friends, and try not to be an asshole.

Yeti

Hey guys! I'm Yeti, the head writer of TN Horror News and co-host of The Horror Basement Podcast. I'm a tattooed weirdo who has been a huge horror fan for as long as I remember. I'm not super picky when it comes to movies; I dig it all. I'm a lover of the extreme, offbeat, retro, sleazy, and the down right awful. If you want to connect, you can hit my Instagram @the.yeti.616

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