Haters gonna hate is an informal way to express consolation, voice encouragement, or dismiss criticism. The phrase implies that criticism says more about the critic, or “hater,” than the person being criticized, i.e., that they are making judgements out of jealousy or their own negativity.
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The term haters started showing up in hip-hop lyrics in the early 1990s. The Right Rhymes, a hip-hop usagroup.vn, traces the term baông xã lớn the 1991 song “Psycobetabuckdown” by Cypress Hill. Throughout the early ‘90s, haters appears in a number of other songs by various artists including Too $hort, 2Pac, và Sir Mix-A-Lot.
The haters in haters gonmãng cầu hate were sometimes known as player haters or playa haters. Marcus Reeves, who wrote a history of hip-hop, says that the term player hater emerged in the late 1990s và was popularized by Notorious B.I.G. On Notorious B.I.G.’s 1997 tuy nhiên “Playa Hater,” Puff Daddy speaks in an interlude:
You see, there are two kind of people in the world today
We have, the playaz, and we have, the playa haters
Please don’t hate me because I’m beautiful baby.
Then, in Ice-T’s 1999 tuy nhiên “Don’t Hate the Player,” the rapper describes haters as “Actin’ lượt thích a brother done did somethin’ wrong / cause he got his game tight.” As these lyrics suggest, haters are fueled by jealousy và so their criticisms can be brushed off.
The 2000 song “Playas gon’ Play” by the R&B group 3LW appears khổng lồ be the first use of the specific phrase haters gonna hate, at least in tuy vậy lyrics.
The phrase took off online in the late 2000s. Graphic designer Omar Noory used an animated GIF of a chubby child strutting, with a thought bubble that reads haters gonna hate, as a forums avatar in 2009. That year, a trover emerged of applying the phrase as a caption on pictures of people or characters walking proudly, displaying a cavalier attitude, or shamelessly acting strange. One notable instance featured a very fit man rollerblading in nothing but a Batman mask, cape, và speedo. In a humorous riff on the meme, rhymes like gators gonna gate & potatoes gonmãng cầu potate popped up, accompanied by images.
The phrase haters gonna hate peaked on Google Trends in February 2012, with BuzzFeed notably publishing a listicle of some of the more outrageous memes. By this point, the phrase had spread beyond its hip-hop origins. It also prominently appeared in the chorus of Taylor Swift’s 2014 pop mega-hit “Shake it Off.” R&B singer Jesse Brasi mê, who used haters gonna hate as well as players gonmãng cầu play in a tuy vậy of his own a year earlier, sued Swift over her use of the tuy vậy. The court dismissed the case because Bramê man “hadn’t provided enough factual evidence” to prove plagiarism. The earlier and widespread use of the term didn’t help Braham’s case either.