March 21 14

So, remember recently when Seth Rogen was all over the news because he is awesome spoke before the Senate about Alzheimer’s?

Well, as a long-time fan of Seth (Jew power!) and of his laugh (one of my favorite things in the world…it might even hold a place on MY LIST, just above a man in a suit and just below Yes Jude Law Still Stop Judging), I had a conversation that was just a wee bit Hipster Ariel about how my long-time love of his was better than the hop-on-the-bandwagon fans of his.



And then I felt like an asshole.

Because who cares? It doesn’t make my love for him better because I knew about it first. It doesn’t really mean anything, other than the fact that I have seen This Is The End more than the average person should.

But we see this behavior all the time. In conversations. On Facebook. In comment sections of blog posts, mostly.

“OH THAT’S NOT NEW…I have been doing that for ages.”

“OH YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED SCANDAL…I watched that years ago. Before it was popular and mainstream.”

“OH YOU JUST STARTED EATING SUSHI…I have been eating it since Claire did on The Breakfast Club.”

“OH YOU LOVE A CHEVRON STRIPE…I have loved that since I was a toddler.”

Why do we feel the need to say that we liked something first? Or knew about something first?

A friend recently told me that she started watching Mad Men. Now, here’s a response I see all the time on social media: “You are just watching now? Have you been under a rock? It’s so amazing. I watched it from the beginning. I am an expert on everything Mad Men.” My response: “I’m actually so jealous that you get to watch it for the first time—I wish I could do that. Enjoy every minute.

We could all be a little less Hipster Ariel, don’t you think?

  1. Ahahahahaha! I wrote something like this last year! JUST KIDDING! I didn’t really! So true though, I am guilty of this too sometimes. It’s not with the intention of being all Hipster Ariel though, but I don’t really know why we do this… Human beings are weird.

    Comment by Sandy on March 21, 2014
  2. Yeah…clearly I do it sometimes too….I just wish we’d do it little less 🙂

    Comment by alimartell on March 21, 2014
  3. Yes! 🙂

    Comment by Sandy on March 21, 2014
  4. I do this too, sadly. But I don’t think I ever mean it in a one-upper kind of way. Like, for example, when one of my non-blog friends posted Heather’s “While You Were In Preschool” I want to be like “oh! I’ve been following this since the beginning! Because I know her!” But that is only more for the whole WORLDS COLLIDING thing more than anything.

    But I’m pretty sure it doesn’t come off like that!

    Comment by Kristabella on March 21, 2014
  5. I’ve never heard of hipster Ariel. So, there you go. I’ve also never seen one minute of Mad Men.

    Comment by Jodifur on March 21, 2014
  6. You should google Hipster Ariel. There are some really funny ones.

    Comment by ali on March 21, 2014
  7. My brother in law laughs like Seth Rogan, that’s actually one of the things that made me like him when my sister introduced us. Haha.

    I’ve never seen mad men but it is on my list of things to watch! 🙂 I’m always behind on the times..

    Comment by shannon on March 21, 2014
  8. This reminds me of the Cake song… And how much did you pay for your rock ‘n’ roll t-shirt that proves you were there, that you heard of them first?


    Comment by Alison on March 21, 2014

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