That point in a piece of fanfiction where you can tell something embarrassing is about to happen so you start fucking around on tumblr because you’re a huge baby with a crippling overabudance of empathy.
I do this with every media I consume. I pause movies and have to walk around and prepare myself for second-hand embarrassment sometimes.
This is mE
Secondhand embarrassment. I’ve got it.
I sometimes mute movies or tv shows to avoid it. Especially if I know it’s coming.
I TOTALLY DO THIS.
I do this too. And I can’t do action films or romances where the plot advances because of embarrassing misunderstandings or bad decisions. Certain preventable fuckups make me viscerally angry and uncomfortable and ashamed.
Like, I’m sure “The Walking Dead” has some good points, and my husband wanted to watch it, so we borrowed it from completely the library and EVERYTHING, but I was unable to tolerate it. For some reason, the plot advanced mostly by the kind of fuckups that really bother me, and the characters kept doing uncomfortable things or having uncomfortable conversations. This isn’t to say there was anything wrong with the show. It was like I was personally allergic to it. I would have to get up and walk around the room, fiddling with stuff, or walk away entirely. But lots of people like the show, so it would be like
“Elodie, have you seen Walking Dead”
“Oh, it’s not for me”
“Whyyyy?? you’d like it”
“Um, it makes me physically uncomfortable”
“LOL are you afraid of zombies?”
“Absolutely. Yes. I don’t like them at all. But it’s more that I felt my face getting really hot with shame, and I had to have something to knit so I couldn’t watch the characters fucking up, BUT I COULD STILL HEAR THEM, FRIEND, I COULD STILL HEAR THEM FUCKING EVERYTHING UP”
I’m so glad other people have this too because SOMEBODY GETS IT
I literally watch through my fingers, with my hands in front of my face.
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