I’ve always had “unusual” interests. I find myself drawn to bad TV shows, different videos games and cringe-worthy movies. I’ve never been embarrassed of these unusual interested of mine, but I also never boasted them.

It was not until I was berated for my interests that I found the true pleasure in claiming my quirks as my own.

The bottom line is that everyone is into some pretty weird stuff – whether that be anime, RomCom’s or the Sims 2. However, somewhere along the line, some of these interests became cooler, or hipper, than the rest.

As a result, people in my friend group started to trivialize the things I liked that weren’t niche enough for them.

It sounds really silly to recount this brief story for all the world to see. Honestly, when I type it out like this, it does not seem like such a big deal.

However, I also think that it is absolutely rude to make someone feel bad for an innocent guilty pleasure – as long as it is truly innocent (if you’re into something actually destructive, that’s a different story).

Enjoying Desperate Housewives does not make me uncultured or less intelligent. Not liking anime does not make me uninteresting or less quirky.

We all have these guilty pleasures for a variety of reasons. Sometimes certain shows remind us of a simpler time, different games curb different game-cravings or our quirky books take us to a different place we desperately need to be.

Regardless of what eccentric interest you have, you should be able to take pride in it. Above all, you definitely should not fear having your own friends berate you for it.

If you ever do find yourself in a situation where someone is criticizing your quirk, remind them that it is never ok to trivialize one’s interests.