I’ve been casually dating Stupid Guy for about six months. He’s sweet, not very bright but enjoys worshiping me when our schedules hook up, so it worked for us. Sometimes conversation would become awkward, he lives in the land of hyperbolic exaggeration and ignorance, but would readily agree with whatever logic I laid on his argument which made it tolerable.
Until last night.
I’d noticed previously that he’s got a bit of anti-celebrity jealousy going on, I once made a passing comment about a Ben Affleck movie and he ranted and raved about what a total tool the guy is for like ten minutes. Another time he went off similarly about Timberlake. I’m not real invested in either of these guys or their work, I just chalked it up to some demented ‘I coulda been a contenduh!’ guy thing and didn’t pursue it. Rather out of character for Stupid Guy, he’s more of the wouldn’t-hurt-a-fly, see the other guy’s side, progressive liberal type concerning everyone else, but if he wants to have issues with male bohunkish celebs getting their fifteen minutes, so be it.
We’re discussing Tommy Lee’s new reality show title “Mr.Lee goes to Uni” or something, and he said something disparaging about Pamela going back to the obscurity she deserved. I’m confused and silly me, asked him to explain. He then proceeded to go into rant mode about how Pamela has no talent or celeb status on her own, her fame and fortune is totally due to having hooked up with Tommy. Ummm, well there was Playboy and that beach show first, but yeah, alright, she is an artless bimbo so I couldn’t get to motivated to argue.
He continued by bashing Jennifer Lopez, who was a big fat nothing until she did P-Diddy apparently. Well, c’mon wait a second, she already had an established career, the Puffed one benefited more from that pairing than she did. No, I’m incorrect, she’s an untalented sleaze who’s total celebosity is based on choosing who to sleep with. Ok, her work might not be your cup of tea, but she was out there doing the bit movie part, choreography, demo-recording, sitcom auditioning thing for years, broke out with Selena and was an established artist on her own merit, it wasn’t hooking up with Puffy that made her famous.
Pam was a face in the crowd spotted at a football game, a scout saw her and got her the playboy gig, but Jennifer at least spent years on the craft man. Like either of them or don’t, but acknowledge the differences, y’know?
Nope, they’re professional star****ers, and that’s it.
It was the most irrational argument I’ve ever had. Very odd to argue a point I didn’t actually care much about but the venomous hatred with the misogynistic overtones was too icky not to rebut. The sheer passion he had for this topic was astounding, I IMDBed J-Lo just to show performance credits in her bio long before Puffy and naturally that too was utterly discounted.
The argument ended when we started getting a bit too heated, I said something like ‘I just can’t discuss this with you’ and he agreed and immediately was all sweet mushy talk to you tomorrow punkinhead and that squicked me out even more.
I can’t understand the vehement hatred, I can’t understand how easily he slipped into this Jerry Springer mode of arguing where in facts are meaningless and points are made by simply repeating the same stupidity louder and louder. It was just the craziest thing, and when I thought about it this morning I realized it totally altered the way I view him. So when he called to whisper sweet nothings to me at work, I brought it up and voiced how disturbing I found it, he immediately went into bashing J-Lo again so I dumped him. That’s just not rational stuff, and if he’s that deluded about this who knows how deluded he’ll be about that and I just don’t feel curious enough to stay around to find out.
I need a smiley that indicates a good nonplussed expression.