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Opinions are great. They allow people to share their thoughts on something, and contribute to a conversation that otherwise may have passed them by.

Opposing opinions are even better, as they stop us from becoming too ego-centric and full of our own bunkum. Opposing opinions can make us re-evaluate our viewpoints with fact and make us better people for learning new ideas.

Of course, the problem with having opposing opinions to something is that, often, the people you’re questioning don’t like it. So they get snarky. Or, if that person’s a blogger, their adoring fans respond to your comment with a “Haters gonna hate” reply.

Seriously, what the f*ck does that have to do with anything?

Because someone doesn’t have their nose up your demigod’s ass too, all of a sudden that makes them a hater? Get real.

You want hate? Try being gay in Jamaica. Or try being ethnic in some parts of Canada. Or try being a woman in Afghanistan. Or try expressing your civil rights in Equatorial Guinea.

That’s hate, right there. Where your life is about as valued as dog crap. The people living in these places and experiencing that hate every day would laugh in your face if you said an opinion on a blog post, or an online thought, meant you were a hater.

The sad thing is, it’s becoming more common to use the “haters gonna hate” excuse for countering a different opinion. I’ve seen social media leaders use it, or not do anything to discourage it in their readers, and I’ve seen people use it more when someone expresses a valid opinion or counter-point.

Here’s the thing though – the “haters gonna hate” exuse? It’s just a lame cop out by people that have usually been called out on crap, and have nothing valid to respond with. It means your ass has been handed to you, and all you can come up with is the person that just handed you your ass is obviously a hater.

Trouble is, others see that you’ve been called out too with a valid counterpoint. And coming back with a “haters gonna hate” soundbite just makes you look as lame as the term itself.

Especially when you put it into context alongside real hate in the world…

image: kenfagerdotcom

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106 Comments on "“Haters Gonna Hate” Or A Lame Assed Cop Out?"


Danny Brown
5 months 16 days ago

elDragonata I love your attitude of just laughing it away. For me, that’s the best response to them. They thrive on conflict and getting under peoples’ skin. Take that away from them, they have nothing.
Thanks for such a thoughtful comment. :)

elDragonata
5 months 16 days ago

In my view, being termed a ‘hater’ for expressing an opposing view falls in the same camp as being labelled ‘negative’, ‘judgemental’ or ‘jealous’ for the same things. Ultimately, these responses are not only misconstrued and misconceived but also potentially arrogant for they imply that the other person somehow knows you personally (i.e. about your character and temperament) to reach such a conclusion. This, evidently, is false, as usually that person doesn’t even know you. Also, it further hints at the discomfort that other person feels in the face of others who are (intellectually and behaviourally) assured, poised and honest.

In the early days of encountering such people, I used to be ‘bothered’ by it but nowadays, I simply laugh inwardly. It’s a very obtuse, weak and ultimately stupid way to handle a differing opinion. At the end of the day as well, I can be comfortable knowing that it’s not my knowledge or awareness of my world that’s stunted in that respect.

Danny Brown
7 months 3 days ago

avgjoegeek So true, mate. It’s an ever-present, sadly. One conflict recedes / ends, another one begins, and a new cycle of hate comes into play. The shit I’m seeing on Facebook about Obama is disgusting, and appals me. 
I guess that’s what happens when you give idiots the volume of social media and the anonymity of a keyboard….

avgjoegeek
7 months 3 days ago

I really do loathe when a person’s following starts bullying a person for having a difference of opinion. Have to love Mob Mentality I suppose… 
There is too much real hate going on in the world – You could add how women are treated in India to the list. Or the issues going on in the Ukraine, Or the seeming never ending issues with Israel and Palestine.. 
Why do people hate change? Or want to live in so much fear they hide it with hate? Look at Gay Marriage, Legalizing Marijuana, or President Obama. Those three things alone produce way more hate then they should. 

Haters Gonna Hate – Unfortunately if you look at it literally and not in the context it’s being used by people on the internet? Its truth wrapped up in three words. Humanity seems to thrive on having to hate something. Which is unfortunate. 

I wish I had an answer.

ShahKhadem
1 year 9 months ago

The guy who posted this actually makes some very valid and good points.

Danny Brown
3 years 7 months ago

Chris – fair point. Though when it’s the sole retort, you can’t really look for the intend of the speaker. Besides, there are better phrases to use than “hate” which has far different connotations, regardless of the intent. ;-)

Chris Dennis
3 years 7 months ago

true…I amend my statement…also look to the intelligence of the speaker… =]

Chris Dennis
3 years 7 months ago

I have never heard it used to defend a position but, rather to comment on someone being stupid…an alternate phrase to mean …’assholes will be assholes’….I’ve learned that I need to look for the intend of the speaker and not focus so hard on the dictionary version of words…keeps me off the soap boxes….

Donna Lehman
3 years 7 months ago

Rates up there with ‘It is what it is’, when someone wants to shrug off an unpleasant situation or choice. It’s non-active. Dialogue and options are always possible – popular or not. I don’t feel we should ever sound complacent or accepting of ‘hate’ speech/actions. Agree with Mike though that it’s over used hyperbole in many cases. ‘Aggravated by’, ‘annoyed’, ‘irritated’ are more often expressed as ‘I hate this or that’. Glad you raised the question Danny.

Danny Brown
3 years 7 months ago

Haha, awesome comment, Mike :)

I just think it’s a lazy way out of trying to defend a position – you know you’ve either been caught out, or someone’s said a really valid point, and to save face, you automatically call someone a “hater”. Meh.

Mike Ashworth
3 years 7 months ago

It is lazy. ppl are unable to reason and 140 characters makes that nigh on impossible. It’s like watching a teenager who hasn’t developed the vocabulary to have a reasoned discussion swear at the other person or lash out physically.

Laura M Bailey
3 years 7 months ago

lol we’ll see. Buxom use to mean obediant and now means full-figured or large breasted… so we’ll see about hate. Maybe we can start a change hate movement?

Mike Ashworth
3 years 7 months ago

I wonder if the boundaries shifted? Things that used to merely tick ppl off now become hate. Maybe because saying ‘so and so really ticks me off’ sounds a bit lame and of course its so easy to join the baying “hate this fail that” of the keyboard warriors. Just one problem though. when you say you hate something that actually isn’t that dire where does this leave someone to go for things that are really terrible? HATE in caps maybe? Loads of !!!!!!!!!! Or perhaps it actually increases their inner rage and like a pressure cooker, the anger increases until one day it explodes, in road rage, or they assault someone over some seemingly innocuous event, I’ve seen it happen. Or maybe they just end up hating themselves.

Laura M Bailey
3 years 7 months ago

The english language is constantly changing and evolving. There are words with definitions in the 2010 dictionary that didnt exist before, as well as words who’s definition and meaning have changed over generations and editions. The original definition of “decimate” was “to kill one in ten.” People use it now to say “destroy,” which contradicts the latin prefix of “dec” meaning 10. i.e. “The tornado decimated the area” so, the tornado killed one in ten, hit one in ten houses? How about “that phrase is awful” well, awful use to mean deserving of awe

Danny Brown
3 years 7 months ago

True, Laura – though I’m not sure there will ever be a change in the perception of what “hate” means ;-)

Clay Morgan
3 years 7 months ago

Danny, I don’t like the phrase myself, and you illustrated why in your post. Meriam Webster defines hate as: intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury b : extreme dislike or antipathy : loathing. Given that definition, is it fair to call me a “hater” because I’m not a fan of Lady Gaga? Or in the context of hate crimes, is it fair to call me a “hater” because I dislike lima beans? Of course it is a silly comparison, but “hate” is another word that has been commandeered, likely because it sounds “cool.” However, I doubt those that throw it around so casually give any thought to the actual meaning of the word or implications of real-life hate. My point? Words still matter to some of us and as I explained to my youngest niece once, hate and dislike are not synonymous.

Danny Brown
3 years 7 months ago

Amen, Clay, amen.

Laura M Bailey
3 years 7 months ago

Well Danny, haters gonna hate…. no matter how the phrase is used :P

Kenny Rose
3 years 7 months ago

Danny

Okay. What I dislike about you is you post too bloody much blog posts within a short space of time.I can’t get my timing down yet to make sure I don’t forget to visit this blog on a daily basis.

You kicked it in the teeth again no violently with your feather slippers. Lame excuse for real. Haters Gonna Hate. Reminds me of the OG Symbol you get on Klout if you were an early adopter. I am not of course cough, cough :)

Feedback is absolutely uncomfortable if you don’t know yourself.

Clearly important for that feedback to be given/received in an appropriate and respectful manner. But it is the most underrated aspect of improving. Too many people tell us what we want to hear. And we can’t grow as people, businesses or in a world that is closed to valid, challenge.

As an ex – government economic adviser/employee this was a constant reasons why politicians and senior managers got so much wrong. In that environment people were just blinded by the overarching fact they just wanted to keep their jobs. And to a point I understood it. I never had a problem telling them my views and challenging behavior. I got burned a few times because I was out of order. But I won a few too. Most important was the feedback I received from the people who were on point. That helped me grow and become better and for that I am truly grateful.

Haters Gonna Hate. Your are right. Overused cliche that has no relevance to our reality. We live in prosperous, fabulous places and become too complacent.

Kudos Triple Hat Tip for bringing the word. Danny

3 years 7 months ago

Haha, you would have detested me a couple of months ago, mate, when I was posting daily – pared it back to about 3-4 a week now. :)

You know, that’s an interesting point you make about keeping jobs. I see that as very similar where more people want to speak out on social networks, but fear a backlash from the people they speak out about (because of their popularity), or the sheep that blindly follow these folks.

Yet when was questioning something we have issues with wrong? I dunno, mate – some people. ;-)

MadMike
3 years 7 months ago

By the way Danny, many haters don’t have any argues to become a “good” hater, and, without a good reason that i insult you, you’re nod called an hater, maybe an idiot.

Ana | Traffic Generation
3 years 7 months ago

There’s nothing wrong with healthy debate – it can be a lot of fun. The problem is when people start calling the other names, just because they have a different point of view.That’s just stupid!

Nice post, Danny. Love the spirit in the comments. :-)

3 years 7 months ago

And the worst offenders? The blogger’s that allow their readers to come out with this crap. Ah well. ;-)

Bruce Aristeo
3 years 7 months ago

Danny,

I love it Brother! in studying human behavior, there is always one things that rings true. If a person recognizes something about another person, then the recognizer has that thing which was recognized. For those who don’t get what I’m saying… If you see that someone is a liar, then you are also a liar. You can not know that which you don’t understand.

To use the example given: If you say “Well, I don’t lie!”, then know this… Choosing not to act out a behavior is knowing that behavior well enough not to act on it. Have fun with that!
Bruce

3 years 7 months ago

“You can not know that which you don’t understand.”

Damn, Bruce, when you put it like that, mate, you wonder why so many miss that one simple point. Ignorance is truly bliss, I guess. ;-)

Cheers, mate!

John
3 years 7 months ago

That’s right. It’s ok to have opinions about things, but haters are just haters. Their opinions are not very objective (yeah i know opinions are subjective but still…), they just find arguments to hate something because…they are haters.
The drawing illustrates that very well.

3 years 7 months ago

Thing is, you can be subjective while raising actual objections and still be classed a hater. Fun times. ;-)

Rick Rice
3 years 7 months ago

Lame Ass Cop Out! I spent an hour today discussing this with a client who wants to either block comments that don’t agree or just ignore them. I finally said, if you just want to make a speech with no open Q&A get out of social media. If you’re not going to have the entire conversation why be in a conversational media? Publish a book or something.

Isn’t the conversation one of the biggest advantages social media has opened up?

3 years 7 months ago

Here’s the funny thing about that example, Rick.

Say you’re on a round of golf with two big players in the local business market. You chat, you think your jokes, criticism, bad-mouthing, etc, is part of a private conversation.

Then your golfing partners start talking to their friends about what you said – in supposed private and now your business name is mud and you’re screwed locally.

Now, is that any different from offering a viewpoint on a blog comment section or via Twitter? ;-)

Shit’s going to happen, and you just need to man up and deal with it if you want to put your thoughts out there in the first place…

Kirsten Weiss
3 years 7 months ago

Speaking as a woman who spent a year in Afghanistan… You nailed it.

3 years 7 months ago

Thanks, Kirsten – I’d be interested in hearing of your experience (if that’s okay?).

Kirsten Weiss
3 years 7 months ago

I was there working in microcredit, doing product development and industry marketing. Everyone in Afghanistan was a survivor – those who didn’t were dead – and everyone had a story. I worked mainly with Afghan women. One, I remember, had seen twenty some family members executed outside her home by the Taliban. She and her husband was spared because he was an invalid. She packed up her family and fled to Pakistan, where they lived as a refugee for roughly ten years. After the Americans came, they returned to Kabul. She got a $100 loan and started sewing, and eventually parlayed it into a company that employed 25 Afghan women making bedding, and a tailor shop for her sons in law. With all she’d gone through (and continued to go through – it’s dangerous for women go about on the streets much less run a business) she kept going. The property laws in Afghanistan were a mess when I was there and I presume still are – women couldn’t own property so I’m not certain how she accomplished it. If you can’t own property, and you can be killed with impunity for stepping out of line (e.g. honor killings), what are you but property? Sometimes I felt the cattle got more respect.

Niall Harbison
3 years 7 months ago

Very good point well made. It is all too easy of a cop out and you see it all the time on the big blogs. Worse still is the stories where the bloggers start making themselves more of the story and am seeing that a lot these days. Disagree in any way and you are a hater!

3 years 7 months ago

“The bloggers start making themselves more of the story…”

Ba-zing, mate! ;-)

Davina K. Brewer
3 years 7 months ago

It’s a copout, an excuse to not even try to consider the other side. Hate is something else, as John said that word gets misused. A healthy, productive online debate is not hate. Chris, Margie, Gini, Bruce all have it right that there will be opposing views, that’s part of the Internets.. and one of the good things about being part of an online community IMO, you actually learn different things. That is if you’re about the conversation like Ann Marie, talking with others rather than just yelling at them. Maybe you will end up ‘agreeing to disagree’ but hopefully everyone will benefit from the discussion. John Paul nailed it with his ‘fantasy world’ comment. I’ve seen a lot of that in forums and news comments; your Apple cartoon a perfect example. This is what happens when I comment late, I just end up reading the comments.. have nothing new to add. FWIW.

3 years 7 months ago

I hereby sentence you to a week of jumping on here first, else you wish to sample the wrath of Sheep Dip Dunking… ;-)

Davina K. Brewer
3 years 7 months ago

LOL

Jayme Soulati
3 years 7 months ago

Kinda like being Persian during the hostage crisis, too, as I can attest to first hand. A-list brings on haters? Is that true? Does envy turn to a toppling mentality? Thankfully, I’ve not experienced this aspect of blogging; hope I don’t. Ever.

3 years 7 months ago

And there you have it, miss – perspective.

Not sure if A-list bring on haters any more than someone that offers a viewpoint in public – but they sure do seem to snap a lot more… ;-)

Al Pittampalli
3 years 7 months ago

This is an important post. Haters gonnna hate was a reaction to trolls who don’t engage in civil reasonable debate. But the majority of us good guys do. It’s so important not to mix the too, otherwise we create a culture of groupthink…which is a terrible terrible fate.

3 years 7 months ago

And you know, you can always just ignore the trolls, Al. Using haters gonna hate just sees you join the Troll Club, as far as I can see… ;-)

Frank Dickiinson
3 years 7 months ago

Well hell – you are always good for a slap in the face first thing in the mornin’ Mr. brown!

I’ve used the term. Honestly, I felt weird using it. I’m thinking it because it was really a cop out.

There is truth in the fact that if I use it – I teach the people around me (especially on my blog)that it is okay to simply sling it around in response to criticism.

Monkey balls.

3 years 7 months ago

Next time you use it, I’m sending you to Blogger Purgatory… ;-)