The Worst Music Fans of 2013
It seems like one of the biggest things music fans hate is music fandom. Is it that fanboy antics are just really that insufferable? Is it that we hate people who like things we don't like? I don't know, but since the dawning of time, fan wars have existed and will continue.
Photo by Marc Brubaker My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way
That's why this year I decided to single out the worst fanbases in music. I tried to avoid the easy route, so I'm not going to pick on 12-year-olds screaming about One Direction. Yeah, we all hate it, but kids have been doing that since the Beatles. Maybe since Al Jolson.
I also avoided Juggalos, because they're in a class of their own. Instead, I'd like to discuss some fanbases who have actually done insufferable things, like perpetrating rampant misogyny or inciting a 30-year-old debate that needs to die.
My Chemical Romance Fans
This year the band behind "Welcome to the Black Parade" finally called it quits after at least six years of irrelevance. Apparently there were still stragglers hopelessly dedicated to the band, though, and it incited responses like the ones above. Hysterical sobbing and waiting endlessly for the band to return.
The worst though, and it seems to have been mostly scrubbed from the walls of Tumblr, was the hordes of people who started threatening suicide over the band's breakup. Come on, people. It's just a band. Life is bigger than music, believe it or not.
Then there was this.
Justin Bieber Fans
Well, actually Arab Beliebers, your fanbase is totally crazy. That being said, I vowed not to pick on the obsessions of 12-year-olds, so I'll leave them alone for supporting the now-allegedly-retired Bieber through any number of his douchey actions this year. Instead, let's focus on that whole #cut4bieber thing that spread across Twitter.
Apparently kids were cutting themselves because Bieber was caught smoking pot. Now honestly I combed the Web site and only found people making jokes about those who were supposedly doing it, and the whole thing was perpetrated by 4chan and Anonymous anyway, but if anybody actually did do it... Man, you kids are messed up. Seek help.
Metallica and Megadeth Fans
Yep, this is still a thing somehow. Even though at this point Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine has stood onstage with Metallica and played the songs they wrote together so many years ago, the mudslinging among fans continue.
These people are worse than Civil War re-enactors at this point. They're those guys yelling, "The South will rise again." I mean, come on, guys. This was irrelevant when it was relevant in 1992. It's time to lay down your arms.
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