There are some fan behaviours which I think are really ridiculous.
First there’s the female fans who hate on the girlfriends/wives of their favourite rock stars. Like poor Lyn-Z who’s married to Gerard Way, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, who appears to be every emo teenage girls crush. When they got married there was so much hating on her going on online. Teenage girls who called her a nasty bad person, proclaiming she was all wrong for Gerard and that the relationship wouldn’t last. Jealous much? And who are they to say she’s a bad person? They don’t know her. Their reaction to their marriage shouldn’t be a stream of hate. If they truly look up to Gerard they should be happy for him! Not to mention trust his judgement. He obviously loves her so who are they to say she’s wrong for him? Do they honestly think they are better fit to decide that than he is?
The other fan behaviour I find ridiculous is when the fans of alternative underground bands become upset over the success of their favourite band. You’ve all seen the discussions. A band make it big and all the sudden some of their hardcore fans consider them sell-outs. This is another situation where the fans should be happy for the band rather than trash talk them. Do they really think the band doesn’t want to reach out to even more people with their music? Do they think the band doesn’t want to be able to live on their music? These people often also proclaim that the “new fans” doesn’t get the bands music like they do. Oh no, discovering a band when it’s already famous or through popular media automatically means you’re a lesser being who’s just jumping the bandwagon and doesn’t really get it.
It also appears to be wrong to like a bands most popular songs. Like I am much more fond of HIM’s earlier CDs which just happens to be the most popular ones. I once told someone that and got the reply “Oh, so you like their most famous stuff” in a condescending tone. Yeah, so? Is there something wrong with that? Maybe, just maybe, that material is more popular than the newer stuff because it just happens to be better? No matter the reason for popularity apparently it’s all wrong liking well-known songs.
I’ve got the same reaction by telling someone Temple of Love was my favourite song by The Sisters of Mercy. “The one everyone knows” was what the person called it, in a condescending tone. So? Just because that was my favourite song by them (it isn’t any more) it doesn’t mean that’s the only one of their songs I’ve heard. At the time I had actually been a Sisters fan for years and heard pretty much all of their songs. And once again, perhaps it’s the most popular song because it’s a really good song? But of course, liking a bands most well-known material is not alternative at all and made me a lesser Sisters fan.
Anyone wanna exchange Christmas cards with me by the way?