By Allison Johnson
Blog Content Contributor
As an avid Twitter user over the years, I’ve noticed the trend of “stans”. It’s a blend of two words: stalker and fan. Basically, if you are an obsessed fan of a celebrity, you are a stan. Most people will think they are annoying and biased, but if you ever come across a stan account for a celebrity you really admire, it just might be your new favorite Twitter profile. The majority of these accounts’ Twitter avi’s will be a picture of the celebrity they “stan.”
I would say for the most part that this culture probably started on Tumblr. I have this secret, (well not so secret) board on Pinterest of my favorite artist. On most of the pictures I pinned of him, there were links to Tumblr accounts that would post pictures and quotes from his songs non-stop. This dates back to 2012 at least. That was my first encounter of seeing how obsessed people can be with a celebrity.
Twitter stans can come off feisty sometimes. Don’t go in their mentions bashing their favorite artist unless you want to get torn to pieces! They will hit you will all kinds of trivia. I’m not the biggest fan of artists like Beyonce or Rihanna, but from what I see from their stan base on twitter, they don’t need my full support.
I think most stans mean good, but they can come off as trolls sometimes when it comes to people admiring the success of other artists that could come off as competition to their favorite. (A true stan would attack me for saying Rihanna had competition). I think it’s great that these artists have such a dedicated fan base though, because we are probably passive fans of most of the music we listen to. For example, out of six or seven albums a band has released, you might only listen to one or two, and those only.
I’m sure some celebrities wish they had a stan army to stick up for them at all hours of the day on Twitter… right Kevin Durant? Apparently, he got caught switching twitter accounts arguing with people on twitter. He accidently replied under his own account instead of the KD fan account. We get it dude, you want to defend yourself, but let KD twitter bots take care of it.
At the end of the day, think of a stan as a publicist for client. Twitter stans, you should really look into Public Relations. Y’all don’t always do a great job of keeping the peace between the music community, but y’all sure do have your favorite celebrities backs at all time. Keep up the good work.
Featured illustration by Renee Dominguez.