20 Things We Are Convinced You Pretend To Hate

So, there is something we all secretly know but hardly ever admit: there are things out there that people are convinced others pretend to hate. It’s like this unspoken agreement we have, where we all pretend to despise certain things, but deep down, we’re secretly in love with them.

One Redditor asked, “What are you convinced people pretend to hate?” Now, this thread has received thousands of comments, and we have listed the most interesting ones for you!

1. Gossip

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “Gossiping is both fun and bad manners. Truly, the best of both worlds.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “If Cheryl from downstairs wants to tell me about why our across-the-alley neighbor is banging on her neighbor’s door at 2:17 am with a baseball bat behind her back as the woman behind the door comes out with a taser pointed at baseball bat woman, I will happily listen.”

It’s a guilty pleasure that we indulge in, whispering scandalous stories to our friends while pretending we’re above such trivial matters.

2. Moist

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A Redditor shared, “The word “moist.””

Another added, “100%. I would challenge anyone to hit the thesaurus for Moist and tell me which word is better served to explain a deliciously moist piece of cake. Try it “God, this cake is delicious, it is so _______. ” Damp, Humid, Muggy, Soggy, Watery, Clammy, Damp, Drippy/Dripping. Yeah, tell me moist is not the right word there.”

Why does everyone act like this word is a crime against humanity? Seriously, it’s just a word! But oh no, people cringe, they shudder, and they swear they’d rather hear nails on a chalkboard. Yet, let’s be real here: deep down, they’re probably chuckling inside every time someone says it.

3. Fast Food

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Oh, the horror stories we hear about how unhealthy it is, how it’s ruining our health and the planet.

One said, “Fast food used to be convenient, satisfying, and cheap, now it’s just convenient. Now that it only ticks one of those boxes for me, I don’t eat it. I can find better/more satisfying food from independent restaurants for the same money.”

Another replied, “I don’t eat fast food because it’s unhealthy and way overpriced, but do I think it tastes great? yes.”

4. Domino’s

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Sure, it’s not gourmet, and it won’t win any culinary awards, but come on, who doesn’t secretly love the cheesy, greasy goodness of a Domino’s pizza?

Someone commented, “Mediocre pizza. I get there are way better options than dominoes, but are we really going to pretend it’s revolting cardboard? Odd that leftovers never make it more than a day.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “Yeah, I’m not going to Domino’s for a gourmet experience. I’m going there for a cheap pizza to fill me up because I just worked 14 hours and didn’t have time to cook dinner that night.”

5. McDonald’s

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “People go to McDonald’s and compare a McDonald’s Hamburger to restaurant and homemade hamburgers, which is where they mess up. Fast Food is a league of its own, a bottom tier, but separate from real food.”

Another added, “The sole McDonald’s items have tasted exactly the same for me for a long time. Disagree on that one thing. I don’t feel like any of them have drastically changed the taste of anything.”

Yet, when no one’s looking, we find ourselves sneaking into the nearest fast-food joint, savoring that guilty pleasure burger like it’s the last meal on Earth. We may pretend to hate it, but deep down, we’re lovin’ it!

6. Pumpkin Spice

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Ah, pumpkin spice – the flavor that seems to divide the world into lovers and haters. People put on this whole act of being too cool for pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin spice everything.

A Redditor shared, “Pumpkin Spice. People hate the over-advertising and the fact that everything gets a version of it, but the actual mixture is just really pleasant.” Pumpkin Spice. 

Another replied, “I honestly proved this at work. I brought in some pumpkin spice muffins… but called them cinnamon nutmeg muffins, and everyone loved them, including the people who “hate” pumpkin spice. All it is is cinnamon nutmeg, cloves, and ginger (allspice often as well)), all very good flavors that pair well with bread or chocolate.”

7. Pineapple Pizza

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Pineapple on pizza – the age-old debate that never seems to die down. There are those who vehemently claim it’s a crime against pizza, an abomination that should never exist. Yet, when the lights are dimmed, and the craving for something sweet and savory strikes, they order that pineapple pizza without a second thought.

Someone commented, “Pineapple on pizza. Like it matters. Go to Spain and learn what real hardship is when they serve you carrot and potato on pizza.”

Another added, “As someone who had immigrant parents, I think my dislike towards pineapple on pizza mostly stems from the fact that growing up, I never liked how there was so much added sugar in every American dish and condiment.”

8. Nickelback

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A Redditor shared, “Nickelback. The worst band ever is one you’ve never heard of. You don’t go 10x platinum without having something people like.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “The issue with Nickelback and their contemporary counterpart, Imagine Dragons, isn’t that they’re “the worst band ever,” as people like to say. It’s that they’re generic for the most part, and their actual good, standout songs get ridiculously overplayed.”

Admit it, you’ve sung along to “Photograph” or “How You Remind Me” when you thought no one was around. Nickelback might be the punchline of countless jokes, but secretly, we all have a soft spot for their guilty pleasure music.

9. Imagine Dragons

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Someone commented, “Imagine Dragons. . . NOBODY will admit to liking them, and yet someone is buying all those albums and concert tickets by the 10’s of thousands.”

Another replied, “I LOVE imagine dragons and didn’t know that it was cool to hate them lol.”

Yeah, they might get a lot of flak for being everywhere, but come on, every time “Radioactive” comes on, you’re secretly tapping your foot and belting out the lyrics, right?

10. Pop Music

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Pop music – the guilty pleasure of the masses. Sure, people act all high and mighty, claiming to be into obscure indie bands or revolutionary rap, but when a pop anthem drops, you bet everyone’s secretly grooving to the beat.

A discerning Reddit user commented, “Pop music. Everyone has their guilty pleasure in pop songs.”

Another added, “40-year-old aging punk/indie rocker and Call Me Maybe is unironically one of my favorite songs of the 21st century.”

11. Ginger-haired

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A Redditor shared, “Gingers. I’m just saying I get a lot of love on my red hair for gingers being so hated on!”

Another replied, “I got teased all the time when I was in elementary school. But, the older I got, the less teasing & more compliments. Definitely a curse & a blessing in a weird way.”

For some bizarre reason, redheads have been the punchline of jokes for centuries. But deep down, who doesn’t secretly envy their unique hair color?


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Ah, NSYNC – the epitome of boy bands from the late ’90s and early 2000s.

One said, “For guys my age (37), NSYNC. We always pretended not to like them, but we’re attending weddings now and just magically remember the lyrics to their songs and intricate choreography. I f’in love me some NSYNC. Team JC.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “Yeah.. I married an NSYNC fanatic and have learned quickly that it’s actually decent to listen to. I won’t choose it on my own accord, but I also won’t hate it if it’s just playing.”

13. Taco Bell

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A Redditor shared, “People always talk about Taco Bell like even smelling it will cause your colon to collapse in on itself like a dying star, but I’ve never met anyone who actually had a toddler-style blowout from eating it.”

Another added, “Taco Bell is really just a fire sauce delivery method in my experience. I think they make it with the sauces in mind so that the customer has more control over the spice levels.”

They say it’s not real Mexican food, but who cares when those crunchy tacos and cheesy burritos taste like heaven, especially at 2 AM after a night out?

14. Taylor Swift

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Someone commented, “Taylor Swift. I know not everyone likes her, but I also think it’s a trend to HATE her.”

Another replied, “I wouldn’t say hate, but I strongly dislike her for her hypocrisy around ticket master and her out-of-touch response to the pollution her private jet puts out.”

People act like they’re too mature for her love-struck lyrics, but they’re also the first ones to memorize every word of “Love Story.”

15. Androids

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “Androids. You can tell people are pretending to hate something when they can’t come up with a reason that makes any sense. “The camera is bad.” mf, you realize Android is an OS, right?”

Someone else responded, “I love my Samsung and hate iPhone. I have an iPhone through work, and it’s awful; my Samsung is much easier to use, better, and half the price.”

Sure, they might be stealing our jobs in some dystopian future, but haven’t you ever secretly wanted a robot buddy with you?

16. Celine Dion

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One said, “Celine Dion. It’s popular to hate her, but she’s got pipes. Her vocal control is incredible.”

Another added, “Her music isn’t for me, but I’ve got ears and went through some basic singing training in high school and college, so it’s obvious to me that she’s IMMENSELY talented. Seriously, one of the most technically gifted and best-trained singers in the history of pop music.”

People pretend they don’t cry their eyes out every time “My Heart Will Go On” comes on, but who are we kidding? We’ve all belted out Titanic anthems in the shower, pretending to be Rose on the bow of the ship.

17. American Cheese

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American Cheese – that gooey, melty goodness that somehow gets a bad rap. Yeah, it’s not the fanciest cheese out there, but slap it between two slices of bread, grill it, and you’ve got the ultimate comfort food: the grilled cheese sandwich.

A Redditor shared, “American cheese. It’s perfectly melted on so many sandwiches and burgers, and it’s a lie if you say otherwise.”

Another person agreed to it and said, “It was my great desire as a child was grilled cheese on white bread, and my mom didn’t let me have it; then I went to college and tried it from the grille and never looked back. It is just a gooey bit of weirdness that I will never turn my back on.”

18. Small Dogs

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Someone commented, “Little dogs. I may prefer to be seen walking a stately Great Pyrenees, but small dogs are also cute.”

Another replied, “People hate yappy/barky dogs, and there’s a bit of a correlation there, but do folks hate a quiet, well-behaved dog just because it’s small? I prefer a medium to large dog, but I certainly like small ones too.”

Who doesn’t secretly love the adorableness of a small dog dressed in a ridiculous sweater? We might roll our eyes, but deep down, we can’t resist their charm.

19. Candy Corn

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A Redditor shared, “Candy corn. “It’s like eating a candle, but in a good way.””

Another added, “I don’t hate candy corn; I just don’t enjoy it in the slightest. It tastes like nothing.”

People love to hate on its waxy texture and overly sweet taste, but let October come, and you bet those kernels will mysteriously vanish from the candy bowl!

20. Crocs

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “Crocs. They fugly, but are good replacements for flip flops.”

Another replied, “Cross have their place. As someone who had plantar fasciitis in both feet at the same time, they were/are a Godsend. I have summer Crocs, lined winter Crocs, and travel trailer Crocs. Thanks to them, I can wear regular shoes in public pain-free.”

Crocs might not win any fashion awards, but my oh my, are they comfortable!

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