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We Want To Know: What Is The Pop Culture Skeleton In Your Closet?

I have a secret. It’s a big one. Like so big that I rarely tell people. I mean, I used to tell people. But then I got tired of the stares and the glares and straight-up accusations that I’m not what I portray myself to be on this site. So I stopped talking about my secret. I just put in a box in the back of my closet and let it sit there.

But that all ends today. I’m sick of pretending to be someone I’m not. I’m tired of acting like I like something that I don’t. So I’m sharing the pop culture skeleton in my closet and I’m asking you to do it too. What do you secretly love? Or even more scandalously, secretly hate? Is there a movie that you’ve never seen that you have to pretend to have seen so that you don’t look like an idiot? How about a crush on a terrible no-good d-list celeb? Or a genuine obsession with a show that everyone else makes fun of the internet? No secret is too shameful for this post!

For example, here’s (one of) mine …. I’ve never watched Seinfeld. Despite the fact that I love smart and funny TV and that I came of age in a time when reruns were on every day after school, I never even tried to watch it. Over the years I’ve learned enough that I “get” the references to the show, but I’m constantly forced to lie to people I love about having watched it. Someone’s always like, “remember that episode of Seinfeld where Kramer did that thing?” and I have to be like, “ohh yeahhhh, I loooooooove that episode so much.” Then I have to steer the conversation in a different direction and be like, “soooo how about healthcare in America?”

There I did it. I told you my deepest and darkest secret. And now it’s your turn! To make it a little easier for you to start sharing, I’ve asked our Crushable team as well as our sister sites’ editors and writers to start talking too. And man oh man, they did. Prepare to be shocked and floored and…and maybe relieved. You might not be as alone as you think.

 

Scarface Say Hello To My Little Friend

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“Every time people talk about or reference Scarface, I laugh along and recite the same lines to keep up with the conversation. Truth is, I don’t see the hype, I think it’s one of the most overrated movies of all time and have never fully sat through it because I get bored by it every time”. – Carling

James Franco Hand Explosion

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“I have never seen Dirty Dancing and I am in love with James Franco even though everyone says he’s a douche.” – Jessica

Zach Galifianakis Usher Is Justin Bieber's Dad

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“For a large part of my childhood I used to sleep with the CD insert to Usher’s first CD under my pillow because I was so obsessed. I still don’t think my parents know what a creep their very small daughter was.” – Olivia

Jack Rose Titanic You Jump I Jump

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“I have never seen Titanic. Until college, I didn’t even know that Jack dies and Rose lives. And I even claim to love Leonardo DiCaprio!” – Meredith

Toy Story Woody Dog

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“My pop culture skeleton is that I really dislike animated stuff. South Park, The Simpsons, even Toy Story! I know, I know…it’s like saying I hate puppies, so I try to keep it a secret in fear that people with think I’m a heartless serial killer.” – Alyssa

Meat Loaf Whatever Happened To Saturday Night

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“I’ve seen Meat Loaf in concert. At least 5 times.” – Julie

Gwyneth Paltrow The Royal Tenenbaums Smoking Cigarette

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“I’ve never seen a Wes Anderson movie in its entirety. I’ve seen bits and pieces of Gwyneth Paltrow being grumpy and smoking a cigarette, but nothing has ever convinced me to delve deeper into that catalog. It’s like…a lot of jokey chase scenes and the same people in every movie, right? I think I’m okay.”  - Alexis

Breaking Bad Jesse Walt

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“My pop culture skeleton is definitely that I hate Breaking Bad. I watched three episodes and was so annoyed by all of the characters that I couldn’t care about them. I honestly don’t understand what the fuss was about.” – Rachel

Backstreet Boys Scream

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“Back in the golden days of the Backstreet Boys, I hated them (*NSYNC for life, yo). Now I somehow know the words to all of their songs and listen to them when I’m feeling nostalgic.”  - Garnet

One Direction Dancing Onstage

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“I’m 23-years-old, and I’m a recently converted Directioner. After watching This Is Us in August, I own both CDs, follow all the members on Twitter, and a few Tumblrs dedicated to specific members (cough Liam, cough Harry). I’ve also probably seen every YouTube interview they’ve ever given, because everything sounds better in a British accent. Now I’m eagerly anticipating the Ultimate Fan DVD release on December 19th.”  - Ruby

Dumb and Dumber Condiments

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“I’ve never seen Dumb and Dumber and I never will. As a grown woman, I’m pretty sure I missed the boat on even maybe enjoying it.” – Joanna

Harry Potter But I Am The Chosen One

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“I don’t like Harry PotterI stopped reading and watching anything related to Harry Potter after The Goblet of Fire, and I don’t have much of a desire to catch myself up, no matter how many marathons ABC Family airs. Since a Hogwarts obsession is practically mandatory for people of my generation, revealing my ignorance and/or disinterest to my fellow ‘90s kids is pretty scary. For what it’s worth, I would hang out with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in a heartbeat. I just can’t talk to them about horcruxes.” – Jill

Les Miserables Stage Production

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“The pop culture skeleton in my closet is that I didn’t actually listen to Les Misérables until Lea Michele sang “On My Own” in the pilot of Glee, despite the fact that I am a theater person. Even worse, I didn’t really get into the cast recording (aka love and memorize every song) until the movie came out.” – Madeline

Full House You Got It Dude

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“My pop culture skeleton is that I really don’t like most classic ’90s TV shows. From Family Matters to Full House to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air to Saved By the Bell, none of those shows really do it for me. But don’t worry, I still love Friends. Only people who kick puppies don’t like Friends.” – Anna

Harry Potter Ron Harry Hermione

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“The summer before I went to college was when the final Harry Potter book came out, so I was pretty excited. Still, I wanted to seem like I had other life interests during this coming-of-age summer (I didn’t really). In an effort to play down my own HP obsession, I would tease my brother for always being on the computer reading HP theories on MuggleNet in preparation for the book release. In reality, I was downloading podcasts from the same site and taking them on 90 minute runs by myself so I could listen to the whole things in peace. It was probably the best shape of my life.” – Meg

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  • CaitlinCorsetti

    I hate The Sound Of Music. Like really, really hate it. I love pretty much every other musical, but The Sound Of Music is the bane of my existence.

    Also, Jenni in honor of you never watching Seinfeld, I grew up watching it. My ideal man is the men of Seinfeld combined. And I don’t even care how embarrassing that is.

    • Jenni

      Prepare for the live musical this winter!

    • CaitlinCorsetti

      Literally my worst nightmare.

    • Nancy

      Have you watched any Curb Your Enthusiasm? It’s pretty great, though sometimes it gets so awkward I have to peek at the screen through my fingers.

    • Jenni

      I have! And like Seinfeld, I’ve enjoyed the little I’ve seen. But there’s no desire to sit down and binge watch it.

  • CMJ

    I pretty much exclusively read young adult fiction. I’m 32. I love it.

    ETA: Oh, and I refuse to watch The Wire and I don’t even really know why….my husband is not pleased.

    • Jenni

      Any recommendations?

    • CMJ

      So many. Mostly YA Dystopian fiction with some other stuff thrown in there…

      The Princess Diaries are actually really good books.
      The Jessica Darling Series (starting with Sloppy Firsts) by Megan McCafferty is amazing.
      Divergent Series
      The Uglies Series
      Legend by Marie Lu (it’s a series too)

      Oh god, I could probably write a book about YA books.

    • Jenni

      We were just talking about the Jessica Darling series in the office the other day, that’s a good one!

    • AnonyMouse

      I read a ton of YA fiction as well. Some of my recent favorites are:
      Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber
      Ruined by Paul Morris
      Unbroken (sequel to Ruined)
      Dark Souls by Paula Morris
      The Dust Lands series by Moira Young
      The Forest of Hands & Teeth series by Carrie Ryan
      Entwined by Heather Dixon
      Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
      Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
      Sister’s Red by Jackson Pearce
      Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
      The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
      The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
      The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

    • CMJ

      Oh! I love Dust Lands!

    • violet

      okay 1) never, ever recommend the uglies to anyone. its the worst type of a curse you could place one anyone :/

  • Mel

    I got obsessed with Twilight a few months before the last installment came out. I really hated the first two movies and the I watched the music video to one of the songs of the soundtrack. I read all 4 books in about 2 weeks and watched every movie about 5 times. My husband was ashamed and wouldn’t let me put the book in a book shelf whee you could see them.

    • Jessieface

      I feel you. I read all 4 books in about the same amount of time.

  • Vanessa Vieira

    I never really got into Backstreet Boys or NSYNC. I would pretend to be all about them at school, but when I got home I would pop in my Hanson CD and dream about living in Oklahoma and being best friends with them and their family.

  • Nancy

    I love the Hannah Montana movie so much. I’ve seen it at least 10 times and I’m 25 years old. And despite loving fantasy novels above everything in the world, I’ve never made it through the second or third Lord of the Rings movies without falling asleep.

    • http://glee-soundtrack.com/ Tanya Marcy

      Hahaha. I’m 25 too and secretly loved Hannah Montana back when my younger sister watched it (I’m a huge Wizards of Waverly Place fan too). And…I couldn’t even make it through the first Lord of the Rings BOOK without falling asleep. xD (Love The Hobbit, though).

    • Nancy

      The Hobbit is amazing!

  • Stephanie Stevens

    A lot of my secrets involove more people of pop culture that are adored but I’m simply indifferent. I’m not a fan of Angelina and Brad Pitt together as a couple. Oh I also liked Nickel Back’s and Creeds’s music(sorrry). Ryan Gosling is okay I don’t see the big fuss. I also never seen Scarface or Harry Potter either. I adore redheads! I would love to snuggle with Zach Galifinakis over Bradley Cooper. I wasn’t totally annoyed with Mariah Carey’s “Glitter” or J.LO’S “Gigli” (please don’t judge, I’ve seen worse)

  • Alison

    As a 26-year-old Directioner, I feel you Ruby.

    • Jenni

      I get ready to go out on the weekends exclusively to their music.

    • Alison

      Whenever I’m having a bad day, I put on “Take Me Home.” Never fails to cheer me up.

    • Ruby L

      I’m glad to know I’m not alone, Alison. I too listen to 1D before I go out at night and converted about 10 people to their music when I was at my college homecoming.

    • Alison

      …I may or may not be in a FB group made up of 20-something Directioners in which we celebrate our love for 1D.

    • Kate McGarry

      Tell me more about this group and can I please join??

    • Alison

      It’s made up of a bunch of awesome girls (and one guy!) that I met via another internet site. We post a lot of gifs/pictures/etc., and stuff gets mildly inappropriate at times.

    • Kate Schroeder

      I support this.

    • Kate McGarry

      I seriously can’t wait!!

    • Alison

      I just added you on FB like a creeper and then I will welcome you into our Directioner fold!

    • Kate McGarry

      In repayment for your efforts, I’ll leave this right here for you

  • Jessieface

    I have never seen Dirty Dancing or Star Wars, and I don’t plan to. I feel like at this point, I’ve gone 30 years without it and am doing pretty well for myself – they would never live up to the hype anyway..so meh. Also I HAAAAATTTTEEEEEEEE Friends. I have tried and tried and tried. I can’t.

    • Jenni

      …I’ve never seen Star Wars either and I really don’t want to ever sit down and watch them.

  • anonmom

    I’m a married mom in my mid-20s and instead of spending my time researching BPA-free sippy cups and where the best organic kale comes from like the majority of the crunchy parents in my neighborhood, I’m on tumblr looking for The Hunger Game gifs and searching new Everlark fanfics on ff.net. My best friend and my husband are the only two people who know that I even like The Hunger Games, but don’t have any clue how much time and energy I actually spend thinking about it…

  • Alexis Rhiannon

    Joanna — totally agreed.

  • Chris C

    OK, I’m probably going to get a *LOT* of flack for this…. BUT… I hate, hate, H.A.T.E. “Forest Gump”. I do not understand the cultural circle-j*rk associated with that movie! “Tom Hanks Actin’ Stupid”, is what it should be called. It can’t decide if it wants to be a tear-jerker or satire and falls squarely in the moralizing middle. Also, I don’t get Forest’s obsession with Jenny, who was a COMPLETE user. UGH!!! What kind of lessons is this supposed family movie teaching?!? (OK, breathing…. going to the happy place….) Oh, and I’ve never watched Seinfeld, either. And does EVERYBODY love Raymond?!? REALLY?!?

    • Jenni

      I hate it because every time it’s on, people start pronouncing my name Jenn-ayyy…as if I haven’t heard that four million times.

    • Alyssa

      I’ve never watched Forest Gump in it’s entirety. I know what happens in the movie but I’ve only ever watched about 1/3 of the movie. I don’t really feel like I’m missing out on anything, but I’ve upset quite a few people by expressing that.

    • Nancy

      No flack! But I think some of the lessons are that you should stick up for and protect your friends; you can overcome disadvantages; you don’t know what’s going on in someone else’s life; and sometimes good things come out of bad situations. Also, “You just ran through a pile of dog shit!” “It happens.” “What, shit?” “Sometimes.”

  • Ruby L

    Thank you, Jenni, for selecting the perfect GIF to describe my feelings for One Direction.

    • Jenni

      That was alll Olivia, she’s a GIF master.

  • Violet

    I think Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are overrated =O sorry I’m not sorry I think they’re really funny people but I hear about how great they are all the time I just feel like shouting “ok I get it, Shut Up”. That’s a big secret of mine whenever one of my friends happens to bring them up. I still enjoy 30 Rock and Parks and Rec. but as people outside of that I’m just like meh …..

  • Alyssa

    I think the original Star Wars movie is really stupid, and bad. I’m sorry but I really do. I was made to watch it by a friend after I told them I had never seen it and wasn’t too interested. I really did not like it. But on a related note, I think Mark Hamill is a brilliant voice actor!

  • AnonyMouse

    Ok here are mine,
    1. I’ve never actually heard a One Direction song, ever. Being overseas has contributed to that, and that I listen to my iPod in the car, but also the fact that I don’t want to because all of the stuff on Pinterest about them has totally turned me off.
    2. I’ve never been able to sit through any of the Star Wars movies. Everything I know about it is due to pop culture references and listening to other people.
    3. I didn’t see the appeal in any of the Marvel superhero movies whatsoever until Tom Hiddleston was cast as Loki, and even then it took me seeing him in uniform in War Horse to really notice him. Now, I’m going back and re-watching everything with way more enthusiasm.
    4. I pretended to like Hanson when I was in elementary school and middle shcool because all of my friends did, but I never really liked them at all. I hated MMMbop (what does that even mean?), and I thought they all looked like girls, but I got the poster and put it on my wall so my friends would see it when they came over.

  • Ann Stewart

    I may be the only person in the world who can’t stand Rebel Wilson. I’m sure that in person she may be really cool, but I refuse to watch any movies with her in it. I really want to watch Pitch Perfect, but once I found out she was in it I couldn’t bring myself to do it. It’s not that she is heavy, I love Melissa McCarthy. But the constant self deprecation and acting like an idiot just annoys me to death.

    Also I can get completely obsessed with a TV show. I love Psych and anything related to Psych. I have met the cast multiple times, follow all the cast members, producers, and writers on twitter and I have everything that the Psych store has to offer. But I recently found a fairly old show on Netflix, Alias. I watched the entire series twice in two weeks and then started a blog that goes into depth of why I believe that Sydney and Vaughn are the best TV couple of all time. It’s incredibly embarrassing, I haven’t even been able to tell my friends about it. But he word document that I start each blog post in, has gotten to be over 300 pages and I only started it in July.

  • Kate McGarry

    I absolutely adore Fifth Harmony. Like full-on obsessive Harmonizer with Internet Harmonizer friends. It’s really embarrassing but addicting. I just love them and their music so much ugh I feel like they’re my friends even though I totally could have babysat all of them.

  • StephC12

    Oh goodness. I hate The Notebook, I don’t get the appeal of Breaking Bad either, and I never got into Harry Potter.

  • FauxRealFaux

    I have only watched maybe 20 minutes of one episode of Friends (I hate that show) and I was bored to tears while watching one episode of Sex In the City. So I never got the hype in reference to any of the above shows…