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Jon Snowman 09-29-2012 12:46 AM

Music type/preference generalization
 
Don't know if it's how I should put it, but you'll see where I'm getting at.




Warning: Alot of music videos are about to be displayed.










I hate the fact that are people who think that certain individuals must listen to a specific type of music.

Like for example, if a guy looks like this:

http://i47.tinypic.com/2m6lm2v.jpg


Must listen to this type of music:



Or a guy that looks like this:

http://i46.tinypic.com/2ewz0bo.jpg

Must listen to this type of music:




You get the point. This logic is downright stupid, and it annoys me when people think that way. But there's something that bothers me even more.

For example, today I got into an argument with a guy for a insanely stupid reason in his perspective. It went like this:

I was in a student's library on a computer making a Power Point schoolwork, and typed in and started listening to Bryan Adams - Heaven.

If you don't know what song I am talking about, here it is:






The guy passed by when the video started playing, and said "Dude, you listen to that? Wtf bro, real men don't listen to that kind of shit"

Really? What is so wrong about guys enjoying romantic-esque and slow melancolic songs? Does that make us less of a man? Does that make us gay?
In my view and opinion, I really don't think so.

Some of you know how I look and dress in real life (if you don't, you can see it in my profile pic), and I assure you I am far from listening to the music some people would assume I listen to.

I'm a really diverse guy when it comes to music, I enjoy stuff like:




This:



This:



This:



This:



This:



This:



Heck, I even enjoy stuff like this:





I'm sorry if the list is too big, but I just want to really make a point. And the list could go on and on

As you can see, I have a really big variety of music taste. Hell, I even have quite a handfull of Japanese music on my Mp3.








But somehow, there's people who think, and actually defend that if a guy listens to let's say, this:






Is 'gay', 'not a real man', or 'weird'.






Or if a girl listens to this:






Must be a tomboy, and doesn't act like a real female should.




Cutting it short, this way of thinking pisses me off. I see no reasoning or logic whatsoever in it.
What is your opinion in this?
And has anything similar to the little argument I had happened to you before? If so, share.

Elipses Corter 09-29-2012 12:57 AM

Re: Music type/preference generalization
 
Surprised me with the B2K video.


I will say this: I hate how people think when you listen to a certain artist or whatever, it's a reflection of your intelligence or sexual orientation. I've had people tell me that anybody that listens to Gucci Mane, Plies or the like, is dumb and if you so happen to like an R&B song by a female (for example: Keyshia Cole "Sent From Heaven") and sing the chorus of said song, it makes you homosexual. Like damn, is it really an unwritten rule that you must only listen to a certain type of music?

Warren Zevon 09-29-2012 12:59 AM

Re: Music type/preference generalization
 
I don't like that people assume musical taste has any bearing on what kind of person you are. I listen primarily to folk and roots rock, but I'm not a rancher nor do I carry around a confederate flag. I enjoy a good murder ballad, this doesn't mean that I condone murderers.

Green Light 09-29-2012 01:00 AM

Re: Music type/preference generalization
 
I often get a lot of dirty looks when I listen to my favourite song in public:


Headliner 09-29-2012 01:11 AM

Re: Music type/preference generalization
 
It's perception based culture. Or culture based on perception. The way people dress is associated with a certain genre of music. So if you dress in a certain way, the perception is that you listen to that specific music and is most likely influenced by that culture in the way you dress and behave. The only reason this exists is because this perception is actually true to the majority.
Quote:

Originally Posted by El Chapo (Post 12073730)
Surprised me with the B2K video.


I will say this: I hate how people think when you listen to a certain artist or whatever, it's a reflection of your intelligence or sexual orientation. I've had people tell me that anybody that listens to Gucci Mane, Plies or the like, is dumb and if you so happen to like an R&B song by a female (for example: Keyshia Cole "Sent From Heaven") and sing the chorus of said song, it makes you homosexual. Like damn, is it really an unwritten rule that you must only listen to a certain type of music?

Well, that's just the ignorant blacks that all need to be put in a spaceship and let them die in the middle of the solar system somewhere.

BULLY 09-29-2012 01:15 AM

Re: Music type/preference generalization
 
I think there are some individuals who succumb to stereotypes or long to be in a particular group. These individuals will listen to a certain type of music in order to be accepted.

Then there are others who are more "open minded" and listen to music and judge everything on it's own merits without succumbing to peer pressure or any kind of social norms.

I feel I fall under this category because I like quite a varied array of music because each genre brings something different to the table. I have my own set of standards that certain artists can't reach. For example artists that rape the autotune button. Hate that shit.

Evolution 09-29-2012 01:23 AM

Re: Music type/preference generalization
 
I am in no way ashamed to admit I fucking love this song:


#Mark 09-29-2012 01:40 AM

Re: Music type/preference generalization
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Warren Zevon (Post 12073734)
I don't like that people assume musical taste has any bearing on what kind of person you are. I listen primarily to folk and roots rock, but I'm not a rancher nor do I carry around a confederate flag. I enjoy a good murder ballad, this doesn't mean that I condone murderers.

Lol this guy is one of a kind.

Anyways, black culture specifically is guilty of generalizing based on the music one listens to. Though, I find it weird that when Frank Ocean came out of the closet majority of the out pour seemed to be supportive but back in the day when Raz B (guy from B2K) claimed that he was molested or raped they basically shunned him.

Warren Zevon 09-29-2012 01:50 AM

Re: Music type/preference generalization
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by #Mark (Post 12073829)
Lol this guy is one of a kind.

Anyways, black culture specifically is guilty of generalizing based the music one listens to. Though, I find it weird that when Frank Ocean came out of the closet majority of the out pour seemed to be supportive but back in the day when Raz B (guy from B2K) claimed that he was molested or raped they basically shunned him.







Maybe not your cup of tea, but murder ballads have their appeal. The last song is questionable as to whether it would qualify as a murder ballad, but the basic idea is the same. I'm not one to judge others' tastes in music, but I certainly don't think listening to murder ballads is any more outlandish than the 50 subtypes of metal that people listen to.

Elipses Corter 09-29-2012 01:54 AM

Re: Music type/preference generalization
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by #Mark (Post 12073829)
Lol this guy is one of a kind.

Anyways, black culture specifically is guilty of generalizing based on the music one listens to. Though, I find it weird that when Frank Ocean came out of the closet majority of the out pour seemed to be supportive but back in the day when Raz B (guy from B2K) claimed that he was molested or raped they basically shunned him.

Or like when Lil B named his album "I'm Gay", which led to rappers such as Game, DMX and a large majority of hip hop fans to pretty much ostracize him.

Sure, Lil B may not be the best rapper (I can't stand him) but it's like the fact that most people never liked him and he has a homosexual titled album was more than enough to hate him, eventhough Frank Ocean is widely accepted for "coming out".

Thats also a big reason why no male figure in the hip hop community has ever came out of the closet before. Weird how you label one as a f@ggot for being molested/raped by a man but fully support a man who chose to go that route. Personal lives aside, if they make good music, thats all that should matter.


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