These celebs are just some examples of the latest trend- fan bases giving themselves names. Beliebers, Lovatics and CumberBitches are prime examples. But what is it that's so appealing about being a Cumberbitch or a Lovatic?
The only thing I can think is that it's the sense of identity that comes along with being part of a like-minded group- after all, it's not exactly new information that people like to be considered 'normal'. Throughout history, humans have pretty much always wanted to fit in and be part of the crowd.
In fact, although they may seem it, Swifties (Taylor Swift lovers), Heartbeats (Jessie J fans) and Little Monsters (Lady Gaga obsessives) really aren't that new a phenomenon! And neither are: Hooligans (Bruno Mars), Katy Cats (Katy Perry) and Rihanna's Navy (Do I really have to explain this one?), Lambs (Mariah Carey), Barbies (Nicki Minaj) or... quite hilariously, Parawhores (Paramore)!
Even back in the 80s, Madonna's fans liked to call themselves Wannabes (as in, 'We WANNA BE like Madonna') long before the term could be used to describe any old group of fans! And just a little before that, in the 70s, Aerosmith coined the term 'The Blue Army' for their fanbase.
So there. I hope you've learnt something from today's rather factual little blog!
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