The Art of Hating

JANUARY 23, 2007

What’s up ya’ll,

My good friend Marcus asked to write a little bit about haters, so here goes nothing:

Haters are people that “hate”, because they don’t have, aren’t as good, or don’t have and aren’t as good as someone else. A good hater always knows how to spoil a good moment for someone else at the perfect time: take for instance, this example: a successful neighbor with a good-lookin wife and cool car holds a summertime bar-b-q for his other neighbors. This guy may be likeable and he may not be, but everyone on the block shows up. Its a cookout: thats food and beer, which usually equals a good time. Now despite what people may think of him, they put on their happy faces, because he’s opened up his house to them, and they have to live in pretty close proximity. But there might be one guy, over in the corner, who simply has to “hate.” Now, before we go any further, we need to define the usage of the word “hate” as it is being used here. The man in the corner of the backyard by himself does not hate this successful man: he may envy, but also deeply admire him; therefore he does not hate the man himself, which would be the proper thing to do. A “real man” would hate this more successful man’s guts, tell him this, and pretty much make his life a living hell until violence came about. But the “hater”, as the term is being used here, does not do that. Instead, he hates the man’s “success.” Everything successful about him: his car, his wife, his house, his smart, honor roll kids, his dog who won the local dog show, even his parents who visit him every two weeks with a fresh cooked ham. This man usually does not come out in the open and admit his hate: he talks behind his back, spreads rumors to the other neighbors: in other words, he does everything to minimize the success of his enemy.

The term hater is actually the shortened version of “player hater”, which arose from the hip-hop world in the mid-1990s. Puff Daddy and the Notorius B.I.G. were well known for talking about “player haters,” implying that they were the “players”, and everyone envious of them were the “haters”. The term “player”, incidentally, comes from the 1970s, when the first “Player’s Ball” was held in Chicago. In this case, the term “player” referred to pimps. This was a large, organized, and national event, in which the same pimp (Bishop Don Magic Juan) won 13 straight crowns as “Pimp of the Year”. This event, in turn, was brought into the mainstream in 2001 with the HBO documentary, “Pimps Up, Hoes Down.” A couple years later, comedian Dave Chappelle spoofed this documentary on his Comedy Central show “Chappelle’s Show.” The spoof was called the “Player Hater’s Ball,” conveying pimp-like figures competing to be the biggest “hater,” bringing this conversation full circle.

In New England, the terms “Patriot Haters” and “Red Sox Nation Haters” have risen in recent years due to these teams respective success, but I will in no way, whatsoever, go any further on this particular part of the discussion.

So if you were not accustomed to the term, now you are. The next time you are in a situation with your friends, and you feel like someone is “hating on you”, as the phrase goes, let them know “you don’t get down like that”, meaning, “I don’t appreciate that you are hating on my success without letting me know about it.” And that, everyone, is a brief discussion about haters. Peace out.

Greg

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