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Fan clubs. Fan pages. The whole "fan" thing.
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Spike
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Is it just me, or is there something sad, and just a bit creepy, about web fan sites?  I know that entertainers/celebs are in some small way public property.  But I always wonder about the people who create these sites.  Voyeuristic.  I say this because I was reading a Wikipedia article and clicked on a link that gave no clue to its destination, and I ended up at a fan site.  Creepy.

When I was 12-13 the Beatles were the big thing.  My girlfriends would talk/fantasize about which Beatle they'd marry.  They wrote on their notebooks:  "Mrs. Paul McCartney" or "Mrs. John Lennon".  I always thought that was weird.  I wanted to listen to the music, not send off for a photograph, or join a fan club, or be a part of their lives, or imagine a connection where none existed.  I guess I was a bit of a stick-in-the-mud.  Maybe still am.  I hated Barbie, too.  Passive "fan-dom" is ok, but "active" fans,  I mean....   [Image Can Not Be Found]

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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xtal
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I feel the same way, Spike. I never want to know too much about people I admire, whether they're musicians, artists, actors, athletes, whatever. The more I know the more I feel embarrassed ... for myself and for them. I attend a lot of concerts and I never ask people in bands to autograph my smelly t-shirt or ticket stub; I'd rather not talk to them at all. I like my safe, mysterious distances.

Take, for example, Tom Cruise. He was pretty funny in stuff like Cocktail and Top Gun. He was even kind of amusing in Jerry Maguire, and by Eyes Wide Shut I actually really for the first time admired him and thought This man is a capable actor... I enjoy his work.

But he then went publicly ga-ga, and I find it hard now to look at his face without cringing.

 

And Paul McCartney! He's the last person I'd ever want to meet. I love the music of the Beatles and the image of four nice young lads from Liverpool. I'd rather not shatter the illusion and learn that he's a big wanker (which he probably is!)

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I wonder if FFC is the site for lovers of but not fans of. Agree 100% with both of you. I've had four books signed but three of them because the author offered when he saw me wandering down a hall holding it. My reaction to fandom is a twitch [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Steerpike
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So my secret side project, an epic Justin Bieber fan site, would not be well received by the Tap readership?

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Spike
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I don't mind sounding stupid:  who are you talking about?

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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xtal said:

 

Take, for example, Tom Cruise. He was pretty funny in stuff like Cocktail and Top Gun. He was even kind of amusing in Jerry Maguire, and by Eyes Wide Shut I actually really for the first time admired him and thought This man is a capable actor... I enjoy his work.

But he then went publicly ga-ga, and I find it hard now to look at his face without cringing.

 


"...publicly ga-ga..." is just one of the things about him that I can't stand.  And then there's Mel Gibson.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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There's always Mel. Christ.

I agree with everybody here apart from Steerpike. The man's a nut, crazy as a coconut. Justin Bieber is a baby faced bum wart and should be thrust into the earth with all his screaming fans. His mug makes me want to puke.

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Justin!!! Eeeeee!

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Steerpike
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Shut up gregg he's the bestest most talented everinthewholewideworldohgod JUSTIN!

 

Sorry. Had to.

 

Spike, to be honest I'm not 100% sure who he is either. A boy-band person I think. Apparently he induces squealing, so...

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Couple of weeks ago, I saw a kid on the bus with Beiber-like hair. He was barely wearing a baseball cap - slightly sideways, of course - and every 20 seconds he would take off the cap, snap his head so his hair would fall into place, put the cap back on and continue with whatever he was doing before. I kid you not - every 20 seconds. It was fascinating, mesmerizing... and scary all at the same time. I couldn't look away.

I'd rather be rick-rolled than look at/think about Beiber. At least Rick could sing fairly well (that one song, at least)... for a white boy. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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geggis
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That does sound mesmerising and disturbing Toger. Do the vanity snap!

I'd rather be steam rolled than look at/think about Bieber though. The only way I can bear his music is if it's slowed down 800%. Beautiful? I want to say yes, but fuck, it's Bieber.

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Steerpike
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Hey! It was that that made me use him in my imaginary fan page! That was beautiful. I'm ashamed to admit.

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So if y'all had to be a fan of someone who obviously sucked, who would it be?

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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Spike
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Richard Nixon?   [Image Can Not Be Found]

 

No, maybe Senator Joseph McCarthy.  We must all do our part to rid society of reds.  Rah, rah, sis boom bah!

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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I only ever met one semi-famous person in my life (a musician) who proved to be a complete and utter tool. It was a sad day for me, because now I can't stand his music anymore either.

 

I saw another semi-famous person be an asshole in public, to a little kid no less, but I already hated the guy (the midget from Fantasy Island) so no loss there. That guy had issues, though, lemme tell you.

 

But I also met one of the game designers of the original Gothic, a German dude, at an E3, and he had the coolest glasses ever! He was the utmost!

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The day before yesterday I got to direct R. Lee Ermey in a video.

 

He was actually quite pleasant.

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Jesus Christ, I didn't know they stacked shit that high.

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I breifly met Luke Perry, and Malcolm Jamal-Warner on the set of Jeremiah at the turn of the century.  They both seem like much nicer guys than I would have given them credit for being.

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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