Late at night, Twitter can be very interesting. Tonight, it was all about the confessions of true blue music stans.
Getting ready for bed, I was checking Twitter in case I missed any important news. (So…all of it today.)
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And I found #stanconfessions.
But what's a stan exactly?
Well, personally, I think of Eminem's "Stan," a song about an overly enthusiastic fan who probably needed to back away from the celebrity news and take a walk around the block to a mental health specialist of some sort.
Stan, the crazy fan, ends up following the lyrics to Eminem's songs and killing himself and pregnant girlfriend. In the end, song narrator Eminem realizes the impact of his actions as he watches the news coverage on TV.
And Urban Dictionary agrees with me.
The main definition says the word's "based on the central character in the Eminem song of the same name, a 'stan' is an overzealous maniacal fan for any celebrity or athlete." It's also a combination of "stalker" and "fan." Multiple layers of celebrity immersion.
Basically, no one needs another Buffalo Bill. Destroying the nightmares of a million tweens was enough. Jonathan Demme did good. Let's not repeat.
No one needs a human skin suit.
Okay, that's all well and good to know the meaning of the world. But what's a 'stan confession'? I mean, a stan just blindly follows until feeling slighted, right?
Occasionally a person can stan pretty hardcore and not like an element or product their favorite puts out, but keeps quiet since they're known to be a bit rabid.
Hence the need to confess.
And who's confessing?
All kinds of stans! Music, actor…anything in pop culture is fair game. Tonight's fare mostly dealt with musicians.
Lady Gaga stans were in the hashtag, offering a lot of different confessions.
For example, some fans may not be completely having fun.
And some Little Monsters don't mind Mother Monster's actions at all.
Or when the ever-moving wheel of fandom gets a call out about amusing element to stan battles.
And who else's name hit the tag? A lot of stars. To the tune of Nicki Minaj, Shakira, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Drake, Lana Del Ray, Miley Cyrus, and Demi Lovato to name a few.
The Beyhive definitely showed up.
Not mention an overachieving stan life eventually comes to a close.
For some, the death of music is even closer.
Let's hope not. Stans and fandoms always supply a lot of fun times if you're on the outside.
The trend's fast moving, but so worth the effort to keep up with the comments and confessions of a stan.