Why is it so popular to find joy in One Direction fan's misery?
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I’m sure a lot of you reading this will already be aware of the rumours that flew regarding a certain boy band over the past 48 hours. On Sunday night a very trusted (debatable) source, also known as The Sun, released a story hinting at the possible demise of One Direction. The UK’s biggest X Factor super group were said to be going in separate ways to pursue solo projects, following the departure of Zayn Malik back in March. Cue standard ‘more than one direction’ jokes. Really? Yawn. Of course, the internet reacted to the news, with overused play on words to express their joy of the split. At this point remember, it was still a rumour, but that was enough. Numerous news outlets got hold of the tale, elaborated on it and sent it out further. Features were even made making an example of fan reactions, a source of comedy. Confusion flew and conclusions were jumped to. Much to social media’s enjoyment, the main source of traffic. Having since spoken out and confirmed time apart, though not a split, the question still has to be asked. Why is it so popular to find joy in One Direction fan’s misery? There’s no denying the negative, embarrassing even, personas attached to the stereotypical ‘Directioner’. Fans of the group are thought to be pre-pubescent, worshipping, crazy, obsessive, over imaginative and pathetic. This image is built from trolls online who emphasise everything to say the least, as well as unfair, biased reflections in the media. Those characteristics may belong to some fans, but not to all. There’s a guy walking around with fifteen Miley Cyrus tattoos, but are all ‘Smilers’ obsessed? Somebody grabbed Taylor Swift’s leg whilst she was performing, but are all ‘Swifties’ crazy? A girl once threw an iPhone at Ed Sheeran just so he’d ring her real phone to try and give it back, but are all ‘Sheerios’ dramatic? There’s somebody who actually changed her name to ‘Mrs. Kanye Resa West’. Thousands of people express their emotion towards their favourite band reportedly breaking up, but all ‘Directioners’ are weird? Pathetic? Hilarious? One Direction fans by far have the most negative name. I’m not here to defend all fans, as one myself I know that sometimes individuals can seem crazed, that the attraction may not be understood. But surely this applies in all fandoms? So why is it cool and popular to hate on One Direction fans?
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