I can proudly say I’ve been part of fandoms throughout most of my teenage and adolescent years. I have seen many good things happen. I’ve formed friendships and been to places I would never go to otherwise. I’ve boosted my creativity and I’ve witnessed the same happening to other people. It doesn’t matter whether you are a fan of a singer or a book series or movies. Fandom can be a beautiful thing. It is mostly when we talk about fans of artists that we encounter a problem; lack of respect for said artist. The majority of fans are perfectly decent, but there are always some who ruin it for everybody. It’s time they learn to stop.
The reason I am writing this is because I came across a picture of Justin Bieber having lunch in Australia. This might not seem a big deal, were it not for the dozens of fans awkwardly looking on.
Now I’m not a big Justin Bieber fan. He makes good music, but I always thought of him as a bit of a dick. However, having witnessed Beliebers first hand (they tried to tear my M&G bracelet from my wrist as I was making my way through the door) and seeing a picture like this, I sympathise with him. He is living his life in a cage, and yes that happens when you’re famous, but no, it doesn’t have to.
A while ago he decided he did not want to take pictures with fans anymore. While I thought it was rude to revoke the already sold Meet&Greet packages without offering fans to keep the ticket if they cancelled, I understand this. It must be incredibly frustrating if people only want to take a picture with you as a trophy. It’s all about the likes after all. Below are videos of another incident in Australia. A fan takes a picture of JB without asking for permission, to which he replied “You make me sick.” A drama followed. Justin was rude to a fan once again! How very dare he! The fan was hurt and the world had to know. However, if you watch the last video, you notice that the man is just eating his chicken, being chill enough and the girl just starts taking a picture because well, she bought his album. She must have a right to it!
Honestly, they are just like us
The thing is, celebrities do not owe you a picture. They do not exist simply so you can acquire more likes on Instagram. Perhaps it would help if all those fans, no matter how young they are, realise that they are talking to a person. Instead of doing everything to get a picture, why not have a conversation? If this person has influenced your life so much, why not tell them? They might invite you over to have a conversation. If not, you’ve said what you had to say and you move on. And if you are lucky, they will suggest taking a picture with you. It all depends how much respect you show for them as another human being. It’s so simple.
Some might argue that if celebrities did not want this kind of attention, they shouldn’t have become famous. What these people do not realise is that for most fame is a side-effect. These artists wanted to make music or act. They became successful which resulted in fame. I doubt any of them want to be seen as a zoo animal. Would you?
So what can we do to fix this?
I get it, you are excited to meet your favourite artist. But please do not scream when you see them. Do not push a camera in their faces. Ask politely if they want to take a picture. If they say no, then it’s no. Ask them how they are doing. Tell them you enjoy their music/latest movie. Talk about the weather, for all I care. But do not cross the line. Do not stalk them to their hotels or restaurants or god forbid, their homes. Wait after a show or performance or go to the set of a film if you have the chance. Patience will be rewarded. Being an ass won’t. Always remember that.