She Called Her Stepsister Something Cruel Because Of Her Family Nickname. Did She Go Too Far?
by Matthew Gilligan
That doesn’t sound good, does it…?
Calling someone the “ugly stepsister”…when they’re actually your STEPSISTER?
It’s about to get ugly!
But did this woman act like an a**hole for what she did?
Read on to see what happened.
AITA for calling my stepsister the “ugly stepsister” because she freaked out over a nickname?
“My (F29) family jokingly refers to me as “Princess/The Princess”, because I have a reputation for being opinionated and sensitive.
This is mostly because of sensory issues, so certain noises or textures grate on me to an extent that I will leave the room or avoid touching things. I’m also just a picky person and I like things how I like them. So my stepdad started referring to me as the Princess, like “don’t open the car window, the Princess will get upset”.
My stepbrothers and mum use it as well. It’s a running family joke, well meant, I’ve never been offended by it in the 15 years it’s been a thing. My stepsister, Georgia (F30) h**es it. She used to snap whenever anyone said it but over the years she just started making the odd passive aggressive comment about it.
Everyone ignores it, because Georgia has a habit of thinking everything is about her, and if it’s not about her, the reason it’s not about her is because we all h**e her, which then is still about her.
So, our whole family is visiting my parents in the countryside for a couple of weeks. Georgia has brought her boyfriend Jason along. I’ve met Jason a couple of times before at dinners and he’s a nice guy, and he’s fit in well.
This morning, me and my mum were making breakfast and Jason came down and to help out. We normally have breakfast in the kitchen/diner so eventually everyone started gathering at the table.
We always make the tea and coffee last so it’s hot when we eat and we had all the mugs out and Jason offered to make the drinks. I told him not to do mine because I liked it made a very particular way, and he said “okay Princess I will just watch how you do it so I know for next time” and we laughed. It. Was. A. Joke.
The next thing we know, Georgia shouts she’s sick of everyone calling me. She then swore at Jason for being “just like them (us)”. She said since everyone thinks I’m so special what does that make her, and I replied “the ugly stepsister, obviously”.
No one said anything, but Georgia burst into tears, pushed her plate onto the floor (broke it) and went upstairs, and Jason ran after her. He’s since come down to apologise for her, she hasn’t come out of her room.
My stepbrothers are on my side, the parents say I should have just not said anything and she would have calmed down, and that I went too far picking at an insecurity.
That might be true, but I’m sick of her making everything about her. The joke doesn’t have anything to do with her, and I am (as are my stepbrothers) sick of her acting out to force everyone to behave how she wants them to.
Am I the AH for taking the argument there?”
Here’s what folks had to say about this.
This person really laid it all out!
Another individual said it sounds like she was raised by “snowplow parents.”
And this Redditor wonders how she acts when she doesn’t get her way…
Just please don’t ever joke like this.