I suggested getting rid of them if they weren't joking around. My friends and I joke around all the time with each other about things we each do/like, but it's all in fun and we all know it. The OP made it seem like his friends were actually serious about it bothering them, to which I say, yeah, if they can't deal then find better friends. Good friends, real friends, aren't going to try and change you/convince you to stop doing something you love because they don't "get it" or it "embarrasses them" (oh, please). I wouldn't waste my time on friends like that if they keep it up.