The Meaning and Usage of "Haters Gonna Hate"

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In YouTube, Facebook, Reddit, and other online comment threads, you are bound to see the expression "'haters gonna hate."  You will also see the expression as a caption on photos of people and animals performing outlandish stunts and strutting moves. 

An Expression of Personal Pride and Individuality

The phrase means "I'm just going to ignore the cruel and hateful comments of other people." The haters-gonna-hate expression is commonly used when a person performs some kind of peacocking behavior that demonstrates individuality, and that person wants to shout "I don't care what other people think!"

Younger people use the expression as a part of their everyday language. Today's teenagers regularly say "haters gonna hate" as a vocal response to cruel and hateful judgments by others, although the term has gained broader cultural appeal. Former Congressman Aaron Schrock of Illinois, for example, said it to the press when he was confronted about the costs of his office renovation in the style of Downton Abbey.

Modern meme photos heavily use the haters expression. Expect to see photos and animated gifs similar to the one presented here: people expressing themselves with a disregard for the negative opinions of others.

The origin of the "haters gonna hate" expression is claimed to be a 3LW music video from the year 2000. A cartoon from artist Omar Noory drew a captioned version of the 'haters gonna hate phrase in 2008.

Example of Haters Expression Usage From an Online Game

Tha-tch:  wtf, that imperial is yelling at me because I pushed him over the side of the bridge.

Kandance: lol then he shouldn't be playing a combat game. tell him to try bejeweled instead

Tha-tch: hahaha

Tha-tch: haters gonna hate

From Reddit

obnotlupus: dude, seriously? you painted your car by wrapping it in duct tape?

tokomini: don't get butthurt obno. the guy is exercising his freedom to express his taste in cars

obnotlupus: taste? you mean "idiocy".  that guy is a f*cking derpus

gramathy:  haters gonna hate.  Obno: go take a chill pill or move to a country that doesn't have democracy. Leave the guy alone and let him paint his car the way he wants to.

From a Chat Channel

Mack:  so, I think we should put on a Comic Con theme for our next small rooms party. Girls from Delta Gamma are going to love it!

Alex: wtf, dude, girls won't get Comic Con.  Only guy nerds will get that.

Matty: ^ I disagree.  Lots of girls are gamers now, and I bet they'd be right into it.  We could dress up in Pokemon or Super Mario costumes.

Dorian: Alex is a hater, and haters gonna hate.  I say go for Comic Con theme! 

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