When its easier to lie

It dawned on me many years ago that a simple lie would stop tedious conversations I didn’t care to have.
This sounds much worse than intended. It does. Let me give you some context.

A former advisor, co-worker, mentor & friend was obsessed with the movie Dirty Dancing. Instead of telling her I have never seen it, I always replied with a simple line I knew was in the movie:

I don’t understand the context but truth be told, it was just easier to lie.
I don’t want to watch the movie. I don’t want to understand. I want nothing to do with it… so when this topic comes up, I always reply with “Ahhhahahahahaa! Nobody puts baby in a corner!” and that shuts them right up.

But truth be told, I lie about this stuff all of the time. You see, I don’t really like people, and I don’t want them to try to convince to me to watch something I don’t want to watch.

This includes (but is not limited to) the following:

  • The Devil Wears Prada (oh, Meryl is so incredible!)
  • Actually, any movie with Meryl Streep (she’s unbelievable!)
  • Pitch Perfect (Oh, that adorable Anna Kendrick! I love Cups!)
  • The Godfather (Part II is a classic, but III is a waste of time!)
  • Citizen Kane (Rosebud is his sled!)
  • Gone With the Wind (I don’t know nothing about birthin’ no babies!)
  • The Golden Girls (Oh, Sophia!)
  • The Sopranos (it’s so smart!)
  • Sex & The City (hahahaha! I’m the perfect gay for loving this show!)

I let a current co-worker read this before I published, just to make sure it made sense. Aliya got through the first few lines and screamed:
“What do you mean you’ve never seen Dirty Dancing?”

My point stands. Publish. Drop the mic, walk away.

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When its easier to lie

5 thoughts on “When its easier to lie

  1. Leslie says:

    It reminds me of one of my former supervisors/mentors/friends telling everyone he is allergic to mustard because it’s easier than answering everyone’s questions when he says he doesn’t like it.

    And thanks for making me feel okay about not having seen any of the Godfather movies either.

    1. I don’t really watch most movies so I completely appreciate you don’t want to watch something. However, I personally watch Gone with the wind at least once a year. So your line could change to include,” Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn”,

      1. Brilliant. That’s a little less obscure. Don’t want people to think I want to talk about fine details of movies I don’t care about.

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