Ok. Let’s start with the fact that the title is a play on words and has nothing to do with a particular nationality or ethnic group. I have just branded on puns, it seems, and I can’t stop.
No, what I’m talking about is Stans. a portmanteau that means “stalker fan” but more colloquially, is used to identify someone who is such a big fan of a celebrity personality that the person can do no wrong in their eyes.
A very recent example (but who is one who has had Stans for a long time) is Kanye West.
It’s wonderful that the person with Stans is interrupting the person with Stans.
The photo is of particular satisfaction to me because both individuals have a Stan-base. “Swifties” who would swarm message boards and twitter feeds with outrage at the mere suggestion that someone may dislike her music, and Kanye Stans think he is Jesus, Krishna and any other number of gods rolled in to a hip-hop deity. I’m not here to talk about their music, I really couldn’t care less what people listen to and enjoy. Ok. I might judge you a little if you listen to Whitesnake.
Not cool, man. Not cool.
No, what I’m talking about is people with platforms that speak ridiculous things, forward unbelievably bad ideas, and are not affected in any way. Not that long ago, Kanye talked about slavery as a choice because it lasted 400 years. I don’t think I have to say much about why this is a problematic statement at the very best. But let me give you a little picture of how much it affected him. A brief look at his twitter stats:
Kanye pre-slavery comment: 28.3 Million followers.
Kanye post-slavery comment: 28.3 Million followers.
of course some people would have been disgusted and unfollowed, yet others followed. My guess is white supremacists looking for a famous black friend. But all in all, it had little to no impact. I’m not suggesting he be banned from twitter and his career destroyed or abandoned by everyone. But that was a pretty tone-deaf and frankly way the fuck out there statement. Yet it cost him nothing. Why? because he can. Stans will follow people regardless of their actions and praise them up and down. All you have to do is search the women defending Chris Brown after his domestic abuses as another example.
One that has been very recent is Jordan Peterson. A hyper-intellectualizer of frankly disgusting ideas. No, not everything he has said has been bad, but he has made some clearly misogynistic and outrageous statements. Most recently talking about socially “enforced” monogamy being the best way to keep women safe AND solve the problem of angry sexless men. This isn’t his first venture in to saying ridiculously sexist things. And no, I’m not going to list them. I have neither the inclination to wade through his bullshit again, nor the desire to engage people who are defending him. But defending him they are.
You’d like to believe that look on his face is self-reflection. It’s not.
Make a single statement about his blatant sexism and appeal to the MRA crowd and you get “challenged” by one of his acolytes to “prove it.” They are, of course, bad faith requests (frequently called sealioning) where they have absolutely no intention of dialogue, but just a need to nay-say anyone who would dare question their entitlement Jesus.
Last night I tweeted a response to someone who compared the “misrepresentation” of Peterson as being second only to Obama. I merely pointed out the ridiculousness of mentioning the two men in the same sentence and was treated with a litany of ridiculous bullshit. When They told me to “cite all the proof” that Peterson is a misogynist, I declined to do their homework for them and was summarily considered a troll and white knight and all the little things that insecure little men need to say when people don’t indulge them.
Next he’ll polish the underside with his tongue.
There is no point in engaging with Stans. They don’t operate on anything other than slavish, boot licking obsession for their heroes. In a sane world, there would be a near universal rejection of horrid ideas, even if you liked the person who espoused them. But when someone shows you who they really are, you should believe them. Stans don’t. Or just as likely, do, but are unwilling to let go of their golden calf.
Stan is an idiot.
Stan doesn’t think clearly.
don’t be like Stan.
(I wouldn’t mind some semi-Stans though, myself. People who like me not because of anything I say, just because I want obsessed followers.) Laters.