In Reply to: Don't you judge me. posted by Smokey Stover on May 20, 2009 at 02:58:
: : : : Don't you judge me. Catchphrase from "My Name Is Earl," White Lie Christmas . Connie, a compulsive gambler who pretends she can't walk: "I sprained my ankle a few months ago and I got used to being pushed around. Don't you judge me."
: : : : Also a line in Tropic Thunder
: : : : I'm wondering if this phrase had a life before Earl.
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: : : I'm pretty sure it did. "Don't judge me (her, him) until you've walked a mile in my (his, her) shoes." I imagine that much of the population is aware of the phrase, "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone" (I may not have got the wording quite right), and its corollary, "Judge not, that ye be not judged." Consequently, many people have surely given vent to some such sentiment as, "If I must be judged, it won't be by you!" otherwise phrased as "Don't you judge me!" I cannot put a date on the phrase, however.
: : : SS
: : I wish I had an audio clip. There's a way of saying it that moves it from being just a sentence to the catchphrase level.
: I haven't visited "Myname is Earl," but I've heard "Don't you judge me!" with a variety of inflections and accentuations. It's the kind of phrase one could use as an example of how many ways one may speak a phrase.
Earl was a good show. But it seems to have jumped the shark here recently. Or getting ready to.