Blogmas Day 4: Unpopular Opinions With Walt

Since I started this blog, I’ve found that people have become more and more interested in what I thought about certain topics, what my opinions are with current events, and/or my take on certain celebrities and their goings-on. On almost all occasions, I’ve found myself responding with something along the lines of “Oh, I don’t know,” or “I don’t have an opinion about that,” or “I shouldn’t have an opinion on that.” But I was thinking about this the other day, and I realized that I do have opinions (*gasp*), but I tend to just push them to the back of my mind. Why? Because as I find myself eavesdropping on conversations, I formulate my opinion on the topic at hand, but nine times out of ten, my opinion is the unpopular one, and so I just keep everything in my back pocket. Well now my back pocket is getting full, and it’s time to empty out some space and brain dump my unpopular opinions on you fine folk. (I apologize if any of these things offend anyone. But then again, #sorrynotsorry).

1. The Kardashians

It’s no secret that the Kardashians are the most famous family in the entire world. They run a business empire, they’re currently dominating the world of reality television, and they’re probably populating the earth faster than any other country. The Kardashians are also notorious for all of their family drama, overexposure in pop culture, and scandals that are almost always underscored as publicity stunts. Because of that, the mere mention of the Kardashian name brings a sour taste to everyone’s mouths. I, however, fall into the small percent of people who see nor have any issues with the Kardashians. It’s also become a common opinion among people that they have no talent and their mere presence on this earth is detrimental and offensive to everyone else’s existence. But what I’ve noticed is that everyone that has negative feelings about them have probably never watched an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, or watched any of their interviews without a preconceived image planted in their heads by the media. If you watch any of their daytime interviews, particularly those of Kim and Kris, you’ll find that they are extremely articulate in the way that they speak and always have something to say that is worth hearing. One major brownie point in my book is that they refuse address any rumors about any of the other members of their family. This, along with the ultimate foundation of their show, shows me that the most important thing to the Kardashians is their family dynamic.

2. Beyoncé

Hold your breath, folks. What I’m about to say is going to be obscenely controversial, but I’m going to try my best not to poke at the people’s beloved queen too harshly. Up until a few days ago, I’ve been going around saying that Beyoncé is overrated. I’ve come to realize, though, that my issue isn’t with Queen Bey herself, but with her fans. Beyoncé is extremely talented, and that is absolutely no secret at this point in her career. She’s a multi-platinum selling artist. She can sing in more ranges than all of the Mariah Careys in the universe. She can sell records without even promoting it in any sort of conventional way. My problem is with the height of her exposure in the media, and the people who contribute to it – yes, I’m talking about the famed Bey Hive. I don’t mind that people are dedicated and loyal fans of hers, to the most extreme degree. I don’t mind that people buy multiple copies of her albums and relentlessly flood my Twitter feed with all Beyoncé-related news. What I do have a problem with is the unnecessary and unwarranted tearing down of other artists in order to “prove” that Beyoncé is the reigning champion. When Lady Gaga was announced to be the halftime performance of the Super Bowl, people jumped down her throat saying that she wouldn’t be able to live up to Beyoncé’s performace 4 years prior. When a preview of a dance sequence from Taylor Swift’s music video for “Look What You Made Me Do” came out, people scrutinized her for stealing an idea from one of Beyoncé’s prior performances where she danced in a similar formation. When Adele won Album of the Year at this previous year’s Grammy Awards, people said that she was unworthy of the award, and that she falls miles short of the beloved Queen Beyoncé. I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get the pattern I’m getting at here. So to any Beyoncé superfans that are reading this (and are most likely fuming at this point), I would just like to say that not everyone who does something remotely similar to Beyoncé is trying to tear her down. By gaining inspiration from her performance style, artistry, or just as a mere person, nobody is trying to take away from her success. I assure you that no amount of bad publicity or industry competitors will keep Beyoncé and her career from existing. There aren’t enough Taylor Swifts, Lady Gagas, or Adeles in the world to make Beyoncé go away, because she’s not going anywhere.

3. The “God’s Not Dead” movies

It is common, especially among my church going friends, to have a sour response to the God’s Not Dead movies. I will acknowledge the fact that these films are extremely trite, cheesy, and possibly paint the Christian community an awkward shade. Though I do enjoy films of a certain niche category, and tend to err on the side of pretentious in my taste and opinion in film, I did genuinely enjoy the God’s Not Dead movies and found them to be very convicting. When I watched those movies, I was still very new to the stage of my faith that I was in at the time, and was still trying to navigate my way around what it truly meant to be a Christian. Practices and values in boldness and evangelism were still very new to me, and these films showed me at a basic level what a Christian on fire for the Lord should be. Even at this point in my life, I still don’t claim to be wise in my faith, and I acknowledge that I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn. But during the time when I was very new to being a Christian, these films meant a great deal to me, still do, and probably always will.

Because I feel like I’ve abundantly stated and elaborated on my own opinions in this blog post, I will end this post here. I apologize if anything I said may have offended people, particularly in the heated section about Beyoncé. But if you’ve read this far, thank you for being interested enough to sit through and read my opinions, whether or not you agree. But that’s the beauty of the world and what makes it go round – people disagreeing on some points, whether they’re as large as the state of our country or as minute as the overexposure of the Kardashians. It’s important to remember, though, that what contributes to a functioning society is not name calling or undercutting people personally, but healthy conversation, and I hope that I’ve accomplished that here.

 

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