Hey if you haven’t cried yet today here’s your chance.
what the fuck is this
Ahhhh yes the sweet smell of respect
Ahh, the sour stench of cultural elitism.
If you feel compelled to say that you’re #notashamed (or “confused and conflicted” or “quite embarrassed”) to like marketable music made by the most popular band in the world and chosen to be released because of its similarity to everything else on the radio, then congratulations, you are literally exactly like the millions of people you’ve been condescending to for three years. (And you were condescending because of who the fans were stereotyped to be, not for what the music itself was. 1D’s music has always had the harmonies and the driving bassline and whatever else it is you loved so much tonight. The only new addition is the banjo.)
"oh i guess they’re good now"
oh i guess you can go FUCK YOURSELF
#i’m so sick of people thinking they’re cool for not liking 1d like what is wrong with you #stop #because you’re not cool #you’re just pissing me off #they’re five talented guys #and sorry you do not like things that bring others jOY
one direction has been talented and dedicated this whole time but you add a banjo and suddenly the music elitists think they’re deserving of their respect well newsflash they’re too good for you
"Don’t talk to me like that, I’m an adult."
Paul Rudd is actually me during a One Direction concert.
A university AU in pictures, art by lepomière — and zarah5 tried to come up with a summary kind of thing. Here we go…
Liam did not sign up for this.
imagine a game show where contestants had to spend a few months living in a house with louis tomlinson and literally the only objective was not to fall completely, head-over-heels in love with him. (hint: everyone would lose)
No, I don’t. The Twilight fandom, for example, was a shithole, and the worst fans of the lot were women in their upper thirties and higher. Being young does not automatically make someone mean, or unquestioning, anymore than being older makes someone automatically not stubborn or not judgmental.
Like I said, I think it might have something to do with “relative fandom age,” since being in a fandom setting is like being in any other social subculture and there’s an adjustment period to learning the etiquette, but no, I don’t think that being a teenage fandom makes 1D fans any more or less [insert adjective here] than anyone else. I also know, from doing those surveys for the Fic! book essay, that the participates-in-fandom-in-terms-of-fanworks-and-tumblr-and-twitter fandom for 1D has an average age of 18, which isn’t really any younger than most fandoms that congregate on Tumblr and Twitter. While 1D’s merch is definitely aimed at younger fans and they may be buying a lot of the tickets and stuff, they aren’t the group who are CAUSING the stupid fights and trending topics, even if they perpetuate them once they blow up. Blaming negatives on teenage girls who love pop music and popstars isn’t something I’m ever going to do, unless it is quantifiable and unquestionable, like a stampede at a concert or something.
I do not think that letting a group of teenage girls talk to each other about whatever they want, which is really all a “teenage fandom” is, is any more likely to be inane/inappropriate/problematic/banal/whatever than ANY OTHER group of ANY OTHER demographic. Similarly, it is just as likely TO produce cogent arguments, rational thought, and interesting ideas. Those just get, in 1D fandom’s case, IMO, drowned out by the desperate need — need — not to look like Those Other Fans, The Bad Ones Who The Media Shits On All The Time. Because frankly, teenage girls get shit on enough in their real lives to want to invite getting shit on in their free time and fandom safespace. They do. And they shouldn’t. And that’s what, as far as I can tell, creates a lot of the Shit First And Ask Later drama that happens with 1D fandom on Tumblr and Twitter. (If you’ve ever braved clicking on one of the incredibly stupid 1D-related trending topics on a bad day, 80% of what’s there are tweets by people going “Goddammit, why is #[whatever] trending?! This is why people think we’re LIKE this!!!!”)
So I guess, yes, in essence, part of the problem is that the perceived age of the fandom is younger (whether that’s actually true is debatable — I’m not a teenage girl, and I like them; almost everyone I follow on my personal twitter is older than I am, too). But not because being (or being seen as) teenage girls makes the fandom act badly. Because it makes other people act badly about the fandom and force them to choose whether to spew the worst in the crowd or be the ones waiting underneath the pot without an umbrella.
mindy + danny watch this is us