one man’s shame is another man’s glory

Ah, guilty pleasures. If you don’t have one, shame on you.

guilty pleasureFor me, it’s currently the TV show “Jane the Virgin.” I know, I know. That’s why it’s a guilty pleasure. To those of who you feel a need to start talking about PBS when I mention it, phooey. There’s a reason I like it. It’s fun. It’s good. It’s pure escapism.

There are a few songs I’ll blast when need be…well, actually, my apartment has thin walls and bitchy neighbors (including me on occasion), so I don’t really blast the music. It’s just played a wee bit louder than usual.

“Money for Nothing.” Hmmm…maybe not so much to feel guilty about there.

“Sugar Sugar.” A little closer. (Completely irrelevant to this piece, my friend Tom uses this as the ring tone for his wife.)

“It’s Raining Men.”

That’s what I’m talking about. I think that’s as bad as I get, but I’ll stop just in case.


Now there are other things I like that confuse some people as well, but I don’t think of them as guilty pleasures, anything I’m going to hide from the public. I have all seven seasons of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” on DVD. When the cable guy came out (on time – what do you know!) he looked at them, looked at me, and said, “well, I used to watch cartoons.”

Again, phooey! Frankly, I don’t get the comparison.

Now some of you have guilty pleasures I don’t want to know about, and thank you for keeping that information to yourself. Others of you are just plain boring. Ice cream is not a guilty pleasure. You may feel guilty about eating it, but that’s not the same thing. There has to be something a little shameful, a little “what the what?” about it.

In some circles, “Jane the Virgin” isn’t going to be a guilty pleasure. In my friends’ elitist little world, it is, so I keep quiet. Yet those snoots have their favorite less-than-esoteric television shows I never give them grief about.

Oh, I’m not going to list them because one man’s shame is another man’s glory. (I just made that up.) Like Jane. The more I think about it, the less guilty I feel. It’s funny. It’s campy. It’s a telenovela.

Wait, I just watched last night’s re-run. It IS a guilty pleasure…but a really good one.

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6 Comments on “one man’s shame is another man’s glory

  1. Isn’t it just great when you’re in that kind of mood to blast “It’s Raining Men” and unapologetically belt it out?! That song and all of the Lonely Island’s. Love it hahaha. I’ve never seen the Mary Tyler Moore show, but my aunt got me into The Golden Girls. We love them!!!

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  2. Love The Golden Girls and It’s Raining Men but I suppose my guilty pleasure has to be Doris Day in Calamity Jane…it’s not cool, definitely slightly sexist but I love it!!

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    • So many of those films of that era (50s and 60s) are “slightly sexist,” which is surprising given how progressive women like Doris Day were in real life! I suppose it was what producers thought audiences wanted. Anyway, Doris Day is a GREAT guilty pleasure. Just about anything I’ve seen of hers is wonderful fun and a great escape. Thank you for visiting my blog!!!!

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