Fan Tard Psychology: Case Study #1
I would like to add something. I think people of whatever age can damn well listen to whatever kind of music they wish. It is not my intention to say that some people are too old to be fans. It’s not about AGE. It’s about the behavior of rabid fans. Many of these women just tend to be older, but that is not a rule. And when adult women start acting ridiculous, like thirteen-year-olds do over the Jonas Brothers, well…it’s a bit strange.
But you can be 15, 25, 35 or 75 and listen to whatever you choose. PLEASE do what makes you happy, regardless of age. Just don’t be act like a whack job. With the majority of Idol fandoms, it’s NEVER about the music. It’s about the selfish and scary need to get closer than anyone else to someone they watched on TV.
With so many of these fan groups, it seems there is no line between being a fan and being an obsessive, borderline stalker. I have news for you. Being the most obsessed does not make you the biggest fan. It makes you a lunatic with a tenuous grasp on reality.
David Cook is not your boyfriend. He does not owe you anything. If you want to support the guy, buy his goddamn music. If he comes to your town, go to his shows. But please stop throwing crusty undies at him on stage. Did he look like he appreciated skid-marked tokens of your affection?
Stop demanding he give a reason why he chose to do a college tour. You want this guy to have a long, successful career? Or would you rather ruin it because you want to keep “boyfriend” and his “fan base” all to yourselves.
Think about it. Please continue reading…
Fan Tard Psychology: Case Study #1
I think this may be a weekly “class” where we can discuss this fascinating new realm of mental health, which sadly did not make the DSM V.
(Guess we will just have to wait for the DSM VI.)
Presenting… Fan Tard Psychology: Case Study #1
Please discuss ways this woman could better deal with her daily life, as well as tips for coping for “real life” away from the TV screen on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Imagine if this woman was your sister, or your mother, or even a close friend. What would you do? What would you recommend she do? And, do you see anything in her behavior which should be of concern (regarding both physical and mental health).
PLEASE leave your comments and suggestions at the end of this post. I look forward to reading all of them.
FTP: Case Study #1
Jane Doe: A David Cook fan
These are real words from a David Cook fan during American Idol’s seventh season. She discusses the routine she has developed in order to juggle family, job and David Cook.
Rearrange my schedule on Tues. and Wed. nights, including making sure those are my two days off from work.
Make sure the kids don’t have any activities planned those two evenings. (If absolutely necessary, I record it but I prefer to watch it live, I don’t like to find out things late).
Hyperventilate all day Tuesday, feeling slightly sick to my stomach, not being able to eat much.
Frantically search for spoilers starting Tuesday afternoon.
Post like a maniac on the forums ALL DAY on Tuesday, and sometimes into late Wed. morning when I finally crash and sleep until around 5 PM (I can stay up all Tues. night because I have Wed. off)
I have to make special preparations before I watch AI: First of all I get as close to the TV as possible, even if that means sitting three inches away from the set like a little kid watching cartoons. I absolutely must be seated when David comes on, since the sight of him always makes me feel a little dizzy and lightheaded. I need a large drool bucket in front of me too, and six giant-size boxes of tissues. I need easy access to the bathroom (where my kids and others can’t see and possibly be disturbed by my behavior) to whoop, scream, cry, laugh, and jump up and down like a crazy person if the night goes well (or cry and puke if it doesn’t). Needless to say, I usually miss the next contestant’s performance, and have to catch it later on youtube.
Rushing through my work day so I can leave early and get back on the forums and look at the latest pictures and posts.