Getting ready for bed, I was checking Twitter in case I missed any important news. (So…all of it today.)
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.
For example, some fans may not be completely having fun.
#StanConfessions people who still call Gaga 'Mother Monster' need to slap themselves, that's so 2011— Sophie | Lady Gaga (@GypsyM0nster) July 10, 2014
#StanConfessions I wish Gaga would sometimes try harder and give us everything she promises to exceed our expectations— Lady Gaga Facts Only (@WesleyWalrus) July 10, 2014
#StanConfessions Meeting Gaga a lot doesn't make you cool, and I feel bad for those Monsters that think doing it makes them "famous".— Louis Tomlinson (@HausOfInfo) July 10, 2014
#StanConfessions I kinda wish Gaga was still so classy and fierce and wearing all those 'crazy' outfits to award shows etc, I LIVED for it.— HENRY (@GagaChapel) July 10, 2014
And some Little Monsters don't mind Mother Monster's actions at all.
#StanConfessions When Gaga broke her hip and the BTW Ball was cancelled, my mom let me skip school bc I was having multiple breakdowns a day— Aℓєχ (@holyh00ker) July 10, 2014
#StanConfessions gaga could put out an album of her burping the abc's and I'd probably still buy it— Matt (@hausofmatto) July 10, 2014
Or when the ever-moving wheel of fandom gets a call out about amusing element to stan battles.
#StanConfessions I love when I see Lana Del Rey fans insulting Gaga when 99% of them are recycled Monsters that left during BTW.— Louis Tomlinson (@HausOfInfo) July 10, 2014
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.
#StanConfessions some of y'all are too obsessed like I'm sure y'all would real life create the book misery and hold bey against her will— your fav (@StillBG) July 10, 2014
Not mention an overachieving stan life eventually comes to a close.
I used to be so deep into the stan life, watching every interview, livestream, etc., now I could care less and just stan. #StanConfessions— Zayn Malik Facts (@CakeLikeBieber) July 10, 2014
#stanconfessions stanning 3-4 years ago was so much better than it is now— laelle ♕ (@LaelleBreezy) July 10, 2014
For some, the death of music is even closer.
#StanConfessions the music industry is dead right now and is pretty much trash. Pop music is also close to death. Something needs to happen— Gracie (@graciegaga123) July 10, 2014
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.