I love people with weird hobbies.
On Twitter, one Reddit post from the AITA forum about an odd hobby is so delightfully weird that it’s getting tons of attention.
The OP, who sounds rich from her description, is really into commissioning portraits of herself in all different artistic styles. Her new roommate is not really excited about one image in particular—the very Dowager Countess-style portrait over the mantle. To be honest, a portrait of oneself over a mantle is very fun, but should she move it so her roommate is more comfortable?
— Am I the Asshole? (@AITA_reddit) February 2, 2021
“Something I’ve started doing is commissioning portraits of myself in different styles. I don’t really have any expensive hobbies, so they’re kind of my thing.”
“My friend (22M) moved in last month. We were talking in my room this morning, and he told me the nude painting of me in there makes him uncomfortable. The thing, I’m a huge prude. It’s supposed to be like La Maja Desnuda and it’s completely nonsexual. Honestly thought I realized that even if I saw a nonsexual painting of somebody naked in their house, it would make me uncomfortable too, so I took it down and put it in my closet,” the OP writes.
“Now, he told me the way the fully clothed portrait of me over the mantle is placed (looking down on everyone) makes him also feel uncomfortable…I honestly put it there to be a bit funny, like I’m an 1800s matriarch, but I also unironically love it.”
The roommate told her it was a stupid hill to die on, but she really wants to keep it up while also making the house comfortable for him. I am seriously delighted by this whole eccentric tale.
It’s your house OP, have all the fun portraits of yourself that you want! pic.twitter.com/CNCaNSnlgc
— Jen (@such_hockey_wow) February 2, 2021
My sister and her wife have decorated their home in an “art history boobs” theme so I really need to know where I can commission a Desnuda of one of them. I’m thinking anniversary present.
— many bells down (@many_bells_down) February 2, 2021
if it’s a weird hill for OP to die on, how is it not a weird hill for the roommate???
and roommate was totally out of line asking OP to change the way they decorate their own room. if the nude painting makes you uncomfortable, do not go in!
simple as that
— ~anxious vibes ONLY~ (@kaitlynb322) February 2, 2021
So, I strongly object to “my house, my rules” when it’s something OBNOXIOUS like “don’t use the washing machine to wash underwear” but when it comes to “hanging up whimsical portraits of myself in different styles,” come ON. Her house, her rules! This guy should get a grip!
— Naomi Kritzer (@NaomiKritzer) February 2, 2021
Wait wait wait… the nude was in her ???? Fuck this dude. It’s the bedroom.
If you want your version of in your bedroom, more power to you, honey. Really, what a powerful self-esteem boost and an awesome idea! pic.twitter.com/fBRJM1HxZu
— (@JustKorppi) February 2, 2021
OP’s next commission should be this, but with her as everyone. Full size. Put it directly across from the door to his room. pic.twitter.com/NPJYpGBCdM
— Natasharghhhh (@thestripeysloth) February 3, 2021
Anyone else kind of inspired to get a portrait commissioned after reading this?
Lead image: Wikipedia