The Anti-Cliché Cliché

Posted on November 23, 2010


Even something anti-cliché can become cliché if  the against part of that cliché statement, attitude, or opinion catches on enough to become stereotypical and overused.

It is the overused and stereotypical elements of the term cliché that I am referencing. I’m not referring to a phrase people use too often that has now lost it’s meaning via time.

We, the American people, have adopted a new norm: BE DIFFERENT.

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Being different has now become the cliché, hidden in a message begging it’s anti-clichéness (yes, I just made that word up!).

Am I not the only who’s noticed this trend?

Only gays can play the victims. Straights are the bullies and the enemies.

Christmas is no longer Christmas. It is a holiday that we place the word “happy” in front of when we wish people well in December.

Clothes are more unnecessary on magazine covers, in TV shows and movies, or whenever. After all–who isn’t willing to take off if they’re paying homage to art, showing off weight-loss results, or “just being themselves”?

Ya know what’s really different? Not going along with this trend. This form of different, however, is considered unacceptable. It’s not OK to be different by having straight pride, because the implication is that gay pride isn’t OK. It’s not OK to wish people “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays” because it’s not politically correct. It’s not OK to say no to taking clothes off when you have a great body because, well, I mean wouldn’t you want to if you had that great of a body?

Sorry to inform you, Hollywood, tabloids, world . . . but you’re more ordinary and cliché than you claim. It’s the honest difference you can’t accept.