Are you a Hathahater?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Sunday was my birthday, and yeah, yeah, yeah, it was awesome.

I mentioned at the end of my most recent blog entry how I don’t like talking too much about my own personal life. Sure, everything I blog about is directly influenced by my own life experiences, mostly personal, but I turn them into greater societal generalizations. After all, this is the Weinblog, not a freaking Live Journal.

But I will say that it is always extremely humbling when you invite a lot of people out for a birthday party, and most of them actually show up. If you’re not famous, which most people aren’t, then you don’t really have that many humbling moments in life. I wi’ll never win a major award during some internationally watched ceremony, nor will I ever get the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth in the World Series. I’ll never have a moment like that where I can take breath, take it all in, and say, “Wow.”

So when you’re not famous, you have to appreciate little moments, and think of them on a relative scale. So when you’re out with some 30 friends, and every single one of them is there for you, it truly is a wonderful, humbling experience that makes you think that you’re obviously doing something right in life if all these people truly want to celebrate with you.

Alright, now let’s shake the femininity of this entry and move onto better things.

Yesterday I came across a rather fascinating article written by the New York Times.

The article is titled “Do We Really Hate Anne Hathaway?” and it is a 22-paragraph, 1,121-word article devoted towards the culture phenomena that is “Hathahating,” which is a sudden worldwide hatred of Anne Hathaway by the general public.

I find this amusing for several reasons. Firstly, it’s the New York Times that wrote it, and not TMZ or the New York Post. I’m not saying that to disparage New York Times, I’m just pointing out the humor that such a prestigious publication found this topic pertinent enough to conduct an entire exposé about it.

Secondly, until I read this article, I had never heard the term Hathahating. Sometimes, by claiming a phrase is popular, the media will actually be the ones popularizing it. I’m not narcissistic enough to think that I’m the authority of all things social media, but I think I’m savvy enough to know that if there is a new trend out there, I’d know if it.

But as I was saying, a publication as popular and credible as the New York Times has the ability to say that something is popular, and by doing so, making it popular. Indeed, I now am aware of Hathahating because of this article, and I was led to believe that I should have known about it before this. It’s a smart and effective mechanism that few publications can execute.

But anyway, I also find this article intriguing because of the topic. They actually sought the opinion of university psychologists to analyze Anne Hathaway’s public perception.

And I don’t think there’s any doubt that Anne Hathaway has become a negative target recently. It really hit its peak during film awards season towards the end of 2012, when she was winning award after award for her role as Fantine in Les Misérables, and thus, was put in front of a podium again and again for us to listen to. And it just seems like she tries too hard. Every word she says feels overly contrived, too dramatic, like she’s still acting. Her buoyant nature and her perkiness bugs people.

I used to adore Anne Hathaway. If you plug her name into the search bar in the top right, you’ll find dozens of posts where I discuss her in an extremely positive light. For one, I have long been extremely attracted to her.

Don’t ask me why, but I have a strong physical attraction to celebrities who aren’t “obvious hot.” Anne Hathaway doesn’t have the stereotypical sex appeal that a Jessica Alba or a Megan Fox might have, but in her own way, she’s extremely alluring, and I like that. hathaway catwomanAnd to top it off, I realized how talented she was after I saw her in the 2008 film Rachel Getting Married. So I knew that she was hot and talented way before anyone else. Call me a hipster.

But then she was overly perky as the Oscars host in 2011, and then wore skin-tight leather in The Dark Knight Rises and caught the attention of every warm-blooded male across the world. Then she cut her hair, won an Oscar, gave several annoying speeches, and now everyone hates this version of Anne Hathaway.

I’m not saying that I’m among them, and I am most certainly not a Hathahater, but my affection has definitely waned a tiny bit. But if I am anything, I am loyal. In fact, I recently had a similar post about Taylor Swift’s perceived public image, and stood by her.

Like Taylor, Anne has never been directly involved in any scandal, has never caused controversy, and by all accounts is an extremely humble and generous girl. She even occupied Wall Street a couple of years ago.

I agree with the New York Times article that Hathahating is just socially popular, mob-mentality trend where people like to jump on the bandwagon. It became trendy to hate her. Give it six months, and people will stop talking about her negatively. Not because she’ll have become irrelevant — she’s not going anywhere — but because the novelty of the trend will inevitably pass, like all trends do.

And just to cap off this issue, I was extremely amused by the line in the article that says that Hathaway’s publicist declined to comment. Can you just imagine that phone call? “Hey, this is the New York Times calling. I’m writing an article about how much the world hates your client. Care to comment?”

But hey, at least they let her know.

Before I go, I want to point out that last night was the Academy of Country Music Awards. I’ve mentioned before how country music is certainly nowhere near my go-to genre by any stretch of the imagination, but, I love country music awards shows.

You will never see a more tight-knit, conjoined community in any genre of music than country. It really seems like everybody gets along with each other. Can you imagine such a dichotomy in the hip-hop scene, with all these rappers hugging each other and poking fun at one another on stage? Can you picture 50 Cent and Lil’ Wayne bro-hugging in the center of the stage during a national ceremony?

And that’s why I like country shows. It’s refreshing. I also learned that Kacey Musgraves exists, and my life is a little better now for it. Though I have to listen to her a little more to see if I’ll develop a Taylor Swift-like ardor for her.

Also, speaking of Taylor Swift, she was part of an absolutely mesmerizing performance during the show. Tim McGraw sang his new single, “Highway Don’t Care,” which features Taylor Swift on background vocals and Keith Urban on guitar, and holy hell, the three of them just tore up the house.

I don’t know too much about Keith Urban, but seeing him absolutely manhandle the guitar the way he did last night absolutely won him my respect. Here’s a clip of the performance, which I advise you all to watch.

That video will probably be taken down for copyright purposes within a few hours, so watch it now.

How can anyone hate Taylor Swift? Seriously. Actually, between my steadfast defense of Taylor Swift and Anne Hathaway, I think I’m subconsciously trying to misdirect all of the Hathahaters and Taylor haters towards me, effectively sacrificing my public image to save theirs.

I’m just that nice of a guy.

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