One of my favorite targets on Asian Junkie are the mentally unstable, delusional teenagers that make me fear for the future of humanity, so I found this question that turned the spotlight around on me to be interesting.
Would you say that at one point in your life you might have been a crazy fan? If yes, how did you get back to reality? If not, what did you do to stay sane?
I’ll be the first to admit that I did a lot of illogical and irrational shit when I was a tween/teenager. Everybody does, right? I did lots of stuff that current me would likely mock and what not, but a psychotically dedicated fan? I can’t say that was ever in my blood.
I guess I’ve always been a bit purposely detached from celebrities. Mainly because … well … I don’t REALLY know them.
Yeah, I like them because they’re attractive. Yes, I become fans of them because of their persona or whatever, but it’s all about keeping shit in perspective and being logical/rational.
As far as staying sane … uh … get out in the world? I’m thinking it helps just realizing that there’s a ton more out there than just idols … or whatever you may become irrationally attached to. Personally, I was more preoccupied with chasing girls in real life than fantasizing about celebrities, so that’s why I never fell into that creepy fanboy mode. Dunno, when there’s multiple things going on in your life, I think it’s hard to get so far gone into delusion that you reach the stage where you become blind and insane.
Yes, you can like your idols. Yes, you can spend time and money on your idols. Yes, you can even become attached to them. No, you shouldn’t fall in love with them. No, you shouldn’t believe that oppar or unnir has your best interests at heart. No, you shouldn’t believe that they have a personal connection with you.
Again, that’s all shit that a sane person would draw the line at. Any semblance of rationality would result in such a conclusion. There’s a line in the sand, and I don’t think it’s that hard not to cross it.
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