Friday, January 24, 2014
We are all Fangirls
There's a funny thing I've noticed about people being fans of something (music, books, a writer, an actor, really whatever). There's a camp of folks who are fangirls (or fanboys) who are thought of as crazy, rabid, obsessed, prone to swooning and flailing about with excitement. Some people really embrace the notion and are proud of the term. Others use it in the pejorative to put down some of the more vocal fans.
I have seen fans act like real douches to people, that's kind of a given. But I have also seen people be truly kind and generous and thoughtful just because they like a person/song/TV show/movie etc. I really bristle at the notion that being a passionate fan (as long as you're not an asshat about it) makes you weird or lame or stupid. It's unfortunate that we create this weird feeling that we shouldn't tell people that we love something they have done, or that we should tone down the language and be less effusive in our praise lest people think we're crazy. I know that feeling has made me stop from telling others I think they did something I liked or wrote something that spoke to me because I didn't want to seem like some sort of fawning dope.
So, to myself, and anyone else reading this I offer this video of Tegan and Sara "fangirling" a little over Pink and her music (and the fact that she's not gay, yet). Tegan and Sara have a huge following but that doesn't make them immune to falling in love with a song or an artist just like us regular folks. So, I hope this weekend you will have a quiet couple of days and that maybe you'll let yourself get swept up and fawn (just a little bit) over something or someone who really made an impression.