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Media professionals and other busybodies are having a field day making fun of a puffed-up buffoon who wrote to advice columnist Annie Lane asking if he should dump his girlfriend over her "terrible taste." The man, who writes for a music magazine (duh), is concerned that he and the woman patient enough to date him won't ever bridge the gaping chasm between the high-minded fare he enjoys, and her brainless crap.

After his letter and Annie's response were published in newspapers across the country, it was picked up by Washington Post writer Alexandra Petri. She tweeted an image of the column, along with a simple warning for the woman in question: "Run as fast as you can from this man."

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Here's the man's letter:

Dear Annie: I've been seeing this woman, "Becky," for six months or so. We met through a mentorship program for underprivileged teens. She's a lawyer and smart. I write for a music magazine. We have a great time together.
But — and I know this is going to make me sound like a jerk — I can't get over her terrible taste in movies, music and TV shows. I don't own a television, and I only dedicate precious free time to critically acclaimed shows. She watches, you guessed it, reality TV.
We have tried taking turns picking movies to watch, but I'm miserable watching rom-coms, and she's miserable watching the heavy films I pick.
I collect vinyl and enjoy discovering new music from independent artists. She listens to pop stuff.
Annie, what do you think? Can we ever make this work?
— Dinner and Definitely Not a Movie

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Yikes. Here's Annie's response:

Dear Not a Movie: Opposites attract for good reason. Sure, you might drive each other a little nuts — but would you really want to date someone exactly like you? Taste is fleeting. The important thing is that you hold similar values. It sounds as if you two share common ground there, where it counts.
Keep an open mind , and encourage her to do the same. Who knows? You might find something profoundly liberating about shaking it off to some Taylor Swift, and your girlfriend might love crying her heart out to a Sundance selection. You can learn from each other. And a bonus: You'll never have to worry about her stealing your records.

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That is a very reasonable and even-handed response. No wonder she's so popular. But people on Twitter were much less forgiving. After Petri tweeted the article, people started piling on this guy faster than vinyl collectors on an estate sale.

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Then legendary relationship advice columnist Dan Savage got involved.

Which just got the hate cycle started all over again.

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Now that the story has gone viral, we can just wait and see if it ever gets back to the couple in question. Even if their relationship could survive the Man Men/Kardashians divide, it probably couldn't survive this public flogging.