T O P I C R E V I E W
Member # 13388
posted 03-11-2007 04:09 PM
So you're out minding your own business, living your own life, and then
someone makes a judgemental comment on your appearance. (About what you're wearing, your body, etc.) It can be a stranger or someone near and dear, but either way it can really get to you. Such comments are inappropriate but it happens time and time again. You don't owe them a response, but it can help to have a comeback prepared. Something simple like "I can't believe you said that!" to a response more situation specific. Unfortunately, this is something most everyone has experienced at one point. What have you said (or wish you had said)? Please share!
James the Dark
Member # 32379
posted 03-11-2007 07:22 PM
I once had a thirteen year old girl turn a corner, take one look at me, then run away screaming in genuine terror. High school was not kind to me.
What I wish I did was run after her with my arms out 'zombie-style' moaning like a vertical undead, justifying her reaction to my presense.
Member # 24611
posted 03-11-2007 08:08 PM
Once at a party, I was dancing by this guy I knew from class, and I said, "you're kind of cute." He was drunk, and he looked at me appraisingly and said: "You're really smart, but you're lacking physically." I didn't respond cleverly because I was very hurt, but the next day I told loads of my friends, who commiserated with their own horror stories and helped me re-affirm my body image (we also looked at his EXTREMELY unflattering facebook profile for context).
Member # 29737
posted 03-11-2007 09:01 PM
i find just ignoring them to be most effective, then they don't get any satisfaction
Member # 25983
posted 03-12-2007 12:49 AM
Stare penetratingly at them for a moment and reply softly, "What a genuinely unkind thing to say." Walk away.
I guarantee they'll be racked with guilt and shame, which will cut deeper than any smartassed reply.
Member # 3
posted 03-12-2007 01:50 AM
quote: Once at a party, I was dancing by this guy I knew from class, and I said, "you're kind of cute." He was drunk, and he looked at me appraisingly and said: "You're really smart, but you're lacking physically." One, of course, would hope to christ no one ever says this to you again, but should that same interchange happen again (or should you want to imagine having gotten a zinger in, for your own fantasy satisfaction)?
A nice one would have been, "Huh. Now I know you're drunk, but since I had thought you were cute, guess I must be pretty drunk myself."
Member # 17567
posted 03-12-2007 05:56 PM
The best number I pulled was with my ex-boyfriend. His grandmother spoke Gujarati so he taught me a little before we broke up. One of his favourite tricks was to swear at people in Gujarati (presumably so they didn't lamp him for it). When we broke up, he decided to call me something extremely unflattering (it translated roughly to "shameless mother****ing whore"), and I turned round and blasted the male equivalent back at him without missing a beat.
Watching him try to find a sufficient insult to respond with in his own language was quite hysterical - more so when he failed to do so and got all huffy about being made to look like a prat. *evil grin*
Member # 33032
posted 03-19-2007 03:15 AM
I think I will try Miss Lauren's tact next time, sounds good. But this one has never failed me " The next time I want the opinion of a Homo Erectus I will dig one up and have him cloned." Most of them spend the next ten minutes trying to find out what a homo erectus is and why I compared them to one, then they have to go home and wikipedia it.
Member # 30756
posted 03-19-2007 05:11 PM
Best thing I ever said...
My ex-boyfriend told me I'd look better if I lost weight. Sooooo, my response was "And you'd look better single." Other than that, when people are rude to me at work, I simply just tell them how uncalled for their comment was and that I do not bother helping people like that.
Member # 25983
posted 03-19-2007 06:27 PM
LOL. Sybil, I only reserve this for the best.. that owned. Seriously.
Member # 30364
posted 03-19-2007 08:19 PM
I was buying deli meat.
The slicer gave me a piece of cheese because I "look like I'm starving". I'm a skinny gal [112lbs, 5'2". So, I took the cheese, shoved it in my mouth like I hadn't eaten anything in 10 years, licked my fingers, and smiled. I didn't have to say one word! =]
Member # 19692
posted 03-19-2007 11:51 PM
I love telling drunk men who decide to bash me in one way or another (usually for BEING drunk) "I'll be sober in the morning, but you'll still be stupid."
Member # 30315
posted 03-20-2007 07:33 AM
(Hee hee. daria, that reminds me of that famous Winston Churchill quote:
Lady Astor: Mr. Churchill, you're drunk! Churchill: Yes, madame, but you're ugly, and tomorrow I shall be sober. )
Member # 32224
posted 03-20-2007 02:13 PM
I had a guy verbally sexually harass me and yank out my hair on the school bus. Finally got him kicked off about a year ago. Ran into him on the street a week or so ago and he sarcastically said "Still looking slim?"
I've been actually wanting to run into him and have him say that again so I can say "Why yes, your mother asked me for some diet tips." Bringing their mothers into it is probably playing dirty, but after what he did to me for months, I don't care. [ 03-20-2007, 02:14 PM: Message edited by: mizchastain ]
Member # 29762
posted 03-21-2007 02:01 AM
i was friends with a group of guys for two years and started dating one of them for 8 months, he broke up with me online and refused to talk to me about it. a week later i was hanging out with some friends and he was there. i decided to take advantage of it and said, "i need to talk to you." and the self-involved ******* that he is he said, "but i don't need to talk to you." which was great because i didn't want him to respond to any of the stuff i had to say, so i just started yelling at him about how self-centered he is and how everything always has to be about him or else he calls the person "selfish," i told him he was just like his dad who he hates. i then said, "you are a shitty boyfriend" he said, "no, honey, ex-boyfriend." and this is where i want to give myself a gold medal in kicking ex-bf's asses, i said, "no, you WERE a shitty boyfriend, you ARE a shitty ex-boyfriend." and he was speachless so i slammed the door as hard as i could and was on my way.
he later called me a "stupid crazy bitch" because i wanted to apoligize to his parents because they found a i bought him, when it turns out his parents didn't really find it, he just wanted to make me feel bad. then he threatened me because i still had a sweater of his and i forgot to give it to him because one of our friends was put into a mental hospital, i told you he was selfish. and then he got offended when he found out that i blocked him on AIM. but whatever, he's still a pothead and will be for the rest of his life. (Just a quick edit to comply with our guidelines on discussion of illegal activity. - Lauren) [ 03-21-2007, 02:35 AM: Message edited by: Miss Lauren ]
Member # 29534
posted 03-21-2007 08:28 AM
quote: Originally posted by James the Dark: I once had a thirteen year old girl turn a corner, take one look at me, then run away screaming in genuine terror. High school was not kind to me. What I wish I did was run after her with my arms out 'zombie-style' moaning like a vertical undead, justifying her reaction to my presense. Lol. I think we'd get on well. I've had the same reaction when someone saw my toes... I have slightly webbed toes, my friend saw them jumped up screamed and ran away. It was actually kinda funny, and it succeded in making my other friend feel better after they'd laughed at his toes. (his little toe is curled on top of his other toe, making his footprints only have four toes)
Some of my classmates have a habit of calling me "Satan", "The Devil", "Samara", and various other things. I just tell them I'm reserving a special hell for them. Kudos if you get the reference. They also call me "Snowy" cuz I'm ridiculously pale. I just adopted the name. It's the tactic I use - I've been known to be the one who when someone calls someone else a b*tch to tell them not to use my name in vain. People call me a sl*t and I just go "Yes?" The best was still when one night one of my guy friends & I went to a gig. Him: "Could you possily be wearing any less?" Me: "Yes" [ 03-21-2007, 08:42 AM: Message edited by: SnowLhite ]
Member # 33078
posted 03-21-2007 10:14 AM
LLL, I Love doing that, when someone asks could you possibly... or are you sure... I always go yes/no (depending on the situation) and prombptly do it.. it's halarious.
Once recived a nickname at school, I hated it to hell until I adopted it, then suddenly it felt so good AND they stopped calling me it.. ^.^
Member # 32224
posted 03-21-2007 03:37 PM
Oh, here's a not-especially-snappy but rather entertaining comeback;
http://www.ozyandmillie.org/d/20030502.html Ozy is just the cutest little thing ^_^
Member # 568
posted 03-21-2007 11:01 PM
A long, long time ago, when I was in first grade, this kid used to pester me because I'm Asian. He'd pull back on the corners of his eyes and do that stupid mock Chinese talk ("ching chong ching chong" puh-LEEZE! I don't even know Chinese!).
This went on for a few weeks, and it'd always piss me off. Then one day, I drew back in a kung-fu stance and pretended to do a karate chop at him. Kid took off running and never gave me grief ever again. I wish that could've been the last of it, but alas, I have run into a fair number of morons in my life.
Member # 32224
posted 03-22-2007 02:05 AM
Gumdrop Girl; I remember a comic kinda like that. Some woman was pestering an Asian girl's friend;
"That's it! Prepare to learn ... THE ANCIENT CHINESE SECRET OF THE BOWEL-EMPTYING DRAGON DEATH GRIP NOOGIE!" "NOOOOOOOO!" *runs away* "... It amazes me what they'll believe, so long as you're Asian and precede what you're saying with 'Ancient Chinese Secret'."
Member # 29534
posted 03-22-2007 04:28 AM
quote: Originally posted by Selkie: Once recived a nickname at school, I hated it to hell until I adopted it, then suddenly it felt so good AND they stopped calling me it.. ^.^ No, they still call me them, but I dunt mind. Some my other classmates (the ones I dunt mind) have now taken to going "Satan?" when they see me - it's become like a private joke. One of my other classmates still calls me Snowy, but she can call me anything she likes...
And anyway, if they hadn't started that I wouldn't have my awesome screenname.
James the Dark
Member # 32379
posted 03-22-2007 08:46 AM
quote: Originally posted by SnowLhite: I just tell them I'm reserving a special hell for them. Kudos if you get the reference. Shepherd Book to Malcolm Reynolds: If you take sexual advantage of that girl, you are going to a special hell. One they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theatre.
Show: Firefly. Episode: Our Mrs. Reynolds. [/derailment]
Member # 19692
posted 05-18-2007 10:20 AM
quote: Originally posted by Gumdrop Girl: A long, long time ago, when I was in first grade, this kid used to pester me because I'm Asian. He'd pull back on the corners of his eyes and do that stupid mock Chinese talk ("ching chong ching chong" puh-LEEZE! I don't even know Chinese!). This went on for a few weeks, and it'd always piss me off. Then one day, I drew back in a kung-fu stance and pretended to do a karate chop at him. Kid took off running and never gave me grief ever again. I wish that could've been the last of it, but alas, I have run into a fair number of morons in my life. There were some local teens who used hang around the mall and harass Asian shop-owners like that. What gets me is that the kids who do things like this are usually anime fans or know SOMETHING about Japanese culture. One day, I watched the owner of a small weaponry shop I frequent(I nicknamed this lady "indestructible obasan") who walked up to one girl who was mocking her, straightened up, looked her dead in the face and said (in flawless English) "If you do that one more time, I'll kancho your [butt] so hard your Grandma will feel it!" and got into 'kancho stance' (hands folded together, index fingers pointed out). The girl ran.
I cracked up. First of all, I've NEVER heard this woman speak English before. Second, I knew what kancho was to start with, and was thoroughly shocked the kid did too. Indestructible Obasan apparently got a good laugh out of it too -- she invited me to join in! Now, whenever I'm at the mall, I hang out on the bench in front of her shop and waggle my 'kancho fingers' at the local teenagers. Talk about a snappy (and odd) comeback!
Member # 94802
posted 02-16-2012 04:36 PM
These are great. I can never remember what to say when I need a snappy reply.
This was a great comeback: My ex-boyfriend told me I'd look better if I lost weight. Sooooo, my response was "And you'd look better single." I am going to try and remember that one. I get remarks about my weight. I tell people: Be careful, I ate the last person who commented on my weight! I didn't make it up. I got that one from a site I should have said. They have some funny comebacks. http://www.ishouldhavesaid.net/vote/
Member # 61437
posted 02-16-2012 05:05 PM
At a sluts'n'studs themed party.
"Could you -be- wearing any less clothing?" "I could... but not for a bastard like you. *sweet smile*"
Member # 94747
posted 02-16-2012 11:21 PM
once i over heard a couple of girls talking about all the people in the school who have had sex and who are sluts, well they noticed me by the way at that time im pregnant, and asked me
" and how many people have you slept with" me being me stood there and made myself look like i was thinking really hard after a lil bit i looked at them and said " well now that you ask im not sure i can remember or could even count high enough anyways but if i remember correctly i believe one of them was your older broth you know Sam." ( just so everyone knows the name was made up and the girl who asked use to be an old friend which is how i knew her older brother who i still kept contact with, i also got a hold of him that night and told him what happened he thought it was hilarious and even though i didnt ask him to said he would go along just to see the look on her face) i love how having sex with one person and getting pregnant by them makes you a slut and im glad that me and him are together to this day and are happy now that i think of this i think i should get a hold of Sam and see if we can meet up.
Member # 48854
posted 02-18-2012 05:30 AM
It wasn't a comment, but i was at a camp out/sleep over that a parent threw for the end of eighth grade. Everyone had their big fancy tents set up and was sitting around the campfire playing truth or dare. I was much cooler than them. I was hanging out with the younger sister of the student whose house we were camping out at, stealing the streamers that were everywhere and decorating my one person child-size tent. In my tiny little white skirt and frilly white tank top, plus knee-high zip up black boots with great big heels. It was an eighties themed party, of course. On the bright side, I totally won the costume contest.
So i'm doing this and someone runs over and slaps me on the butt. I turn around and see who it was, excused myself from tent decorating, and went over to ask them to leave me out of it. In retrospect, seventy five percent of the kids there wouldn't go near me if their life depended on it. They giggled like small children and blushed during sex ed. I had been masturbating for about three years at this point, hadn't started my period, had no boyfriend, had no shame...I was invincible, as far as truth or dare went. I wish I'd thought to ask if i could play. They would have been a lot more awkward than I was!
moonlight bouncing off water
Member # 44338
posted 02-18-2012 12:59 PM
This thread is awesome, I love the way that all of you have responded to people who were being jerks!
I myself usually just ignore stupid comments. Recently however, I was in the computer lab at school and I was talking to a friend. She had asked me what LGBTQ stands for and so I told her. Someone sitting next to me said something like: "wow, you just said every word that has 'sexual'in it". I responded with: "no I didn't: asexual, pansexual, sexuality, sexual orientation, ... okay there, now that should be about all of them", smiled and turned back to my friend and continued the conversation.
Member # 41657
posted 02-19-2012 04:56 PM
But moonlight bouncing off water, did you remember to mention heteroSEXUALS? Cause that would really drive the point home "hah you see, gay queer homosexual gayness is all about the SEXXX! It says it in the name!" "You do realise hetero and het are shortened words right? You know, like how Bob is short for Robert? And also like, hellooo, there's one X, not 3."
moonlight bouncing off water
Member # 44338
posted 02-19-2012 10:07 PM
Hmm, I think that I might have although I'm not sure. Certainly if the situation came up again (which seems unlikely) I will!