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The sad thing is that this is relevant to so many fandoms, but the people who most need to understand this are also the ones most likely to think it doesn’t apply to them.
I’m not a 1D fan either but this is important for everyone (important to me personally given all the shit in the Sherlock fandom recently). We talk a lot on here about how artists, actors, producers, and writers (TPTB) should be respectful to fans and fandom, but I don’t think we acknowledge quite enough how this is a two-way street. Being a fan does mean contributing to others’ fame, and that should be recognized. But contribution to a person’s fame and success does NOT make fans or fandom entitled to control aspects of actors’ or artists’/ producers’ personal lives. And the fact that some fans think it does… I don’t understand how people get to that point. It’s really disturbing.
I agree, a whole lot, with mymomoness here.
I don’t like the article, because I think it conflates all of fandom with what I think, statistically speaking, are a relatively few number of fans,** and I’d hazard to guess that this is the case across fandoms. Including fan art in a discussion of what’s clearly made out to be deviant psychology is journalistically unjustifiable, to my mind; the existence of pairings (even RPF, which is emphatically not my thing) =/= deviance. Invasion of privacy is the problem, and it’s one that anyone could potentially face, one that’s exacerbated by fame, and where the attention should be directed. Social media, in particular, enables an illusion of closeness with famous people that could conceivably have this kind of effect on fan/star interactions, and it’s here where mymomoness’s reminder of this all being a two-way street is so critical.
But, then (and I’m speaking to the writer of the article), let’s talk about that - the dissolution of walls between audience and performer. The sense of entitlement that seems to come with access for some fans. Let’s not say “they ship X,” ergo they have retreated into a dangerous fantasy world from whence never to return. This kind of article is why I think it’s so, so hard for those of us who research and teach fandom studies to talk about its negative aspects - and god knows there are negative aspects to it. But when you have to try so hard to just convince people that we’re not all deranged nut jobs, you can’t have the more nuanced discussions that might ultimately contribute something back to fandom itself.
**although I’d hasten to add that I bet it only takes one scary person or encounter to make a lasting impression on a celebrity
That bolded bit? That almost kicked me right out of the Tumblr Sherlock fandom last night. After fighting for two hours to convince skeptical, dead-eyed undergrads that fandom can be a wonderful, positive thing, and then find out that one of my favorite queer theorists had died with work unfinished, then see the STUPID fights going on here—well, something kind of wore out in me. Thanks for getting it into words, acafanmom.