Stan: (noun) Derived from Eminem's hit, "Stan," in which a overzealous, emotionally attached fan writes letters, stalks concerts, and eventually kills himself and his pregnant girlfriend due to his unhealthy obsession with his favorite artist, Eminem.
Now, "Stan" has turned into a less intense term of endearment for an individual obsessed with a particular pop culture element. Through social media, "stanning" has turned into a full on hobby. There are tumblrs, twitters, instagrams, facebooks, vines and snap chats all devoted to different elements of pop culture fandom.
We'll attempt to solve, once and for all, which Pop Music Stan Group is the most OTT and obnoxious.
Disclaimer: There are FAR too many stan groups out there, so I had to narrow it down to the ones who affect ONTD the most and have the bigger obnoxious social media presence. lol.
Paul Rudd | One Direction - SNL 7/12/13 by newsevoce
One Direction's twitter has 24.7 million followers, Harry Styles has 25.4 million, Niall Horan has 23 million, Liam Payne has 20.7 million, and Louis Tomlinson has 20.1 million.
Most famously, The Beyhive attacked Kid Rock after he said the following, "Beyoncé, to me, doesn’t have a f–king ‘Purple Rain,’ but she’s the biggest thing on Earth. How can you be that big without at least one ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ or ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’? People are like, ‘Beyoncé’s hot. Got a nice f–king ass.’ I’m like, ‘Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big t*ts.’ Doesn’t really f–king do much for me." The Hive quickly went to attack, commenting bee emojis on all of Kid Rock's Instagram pictures.
The Beyhive also went into action in the name of their Queen when she
The Hive located the girls address and had 40 pizzas delivered to her home.
The Beyhive's most famous member, Kanye West, of Kardashian fame, interrupted ONTD's Sweetheart, Taylor Swift, during her acceptance speech for the VMA's Best Female Video in 2009. Taylor's video for "You Belong with Me" beat out Beyonce's "Single Ladies." It might have been a bit premature to go on the defensive, as Beyonce went on to win Video of the Year.
Kanye again came to the defense of Queen Bey in 2015 when Beck won Album of the Year for "Morning Phase" over Beyonce's "Self-Titled." Although, this time, he played it off as a joke, but let's be real. It wasn't. Beyonce should have won.
While on the Mrs. Carter World Tour, during her stop in Brazil, Beyonce was yanked off the stage by an overzealous fan.
SNL also parodied the Beyhive in this 100% accurate sketch.
Beyonce has 43.5 million followers on instagram.
The Rihanna Navy are going through a bit of a rough patch right now. Their fave has unofficially retired, and they've been waiting 84 years for R8 to drop. Some fear it may never come. This has lead to some confusion and has made Rihanna Navy seem a bit scattered. Navy members are typically 16 or older, her raw and explicit content (and frequent collabs with Eminem) draw a more mature audience. Their social media presence includes calling the cops on haters and bitching about when they'll get R8. The Navy loves Rihanna because she knows she's not a role model, and in turn, that makes her one.
Rihanna Navy members love Rihanna's body art, and get their own to honor her.
Rihanna loves taking to social media to defend herself, so Rihanna Navy members have to take it to the next level in the name of their idol to make waves. Earlier this year, a Philadelphia man posted a video of Rihanna smoking a blunt and accused her of snorting coke. Rihanna took to twitter to defend herself.
But Rihanna Navy took it one step further.
Rihanna Navy released the man's address, his mother's address and reported him to the police.
It's no secret that Rihanna is a style icon, she is often treated like Tumblr's personal doll, photoshopping her with different hair colors and make-up than she actually sports.
But fans also use her as inpiration, like this one teen who modeled her Hollywood themed prom dress after one of Rihanna's looks.
Rihanna Navy does not let their adoration falter, it has been almost 3 years since "Unapologetic" was released in 2012, and they are just as obsessed with Rihanna as they were in 2012. Take a look at them endangering her life while she gets to her hotel in Paris.
Rihanna has 50.1 million followers on twitter.
Swifties, where do I even begin? Swifties are everywhere. They could be the person in the cubicle next to you, the cute boy that lives next door, the sweet old man who bags your groceries, and, most of the time, your parents. Swifties are the living example of the scene in "Mean Girls."
They know everything about Taylor, worship at her feet, but instead of wanting to BE Taylor, they all want to be best friends with her (or date her, depending on orientation and gender). Their social media presence can only be described as obsessive. Taylor is on 3 platforms, so no matter if you've sworn off twitter and only have an instagram, or hate instagram and only do tumblr, you'll still find Swifties.
Swifties love to kiss Taylor's ass to get her attention. Granted, getting Taylor's attention could have it's rewards, getting passes back stage, invited to her house for cookies, a present in the mail, but most of the time for 99% of the fans, it's just a simple "like" on tumblr. Here are posts worthy of Taylor's attention.
Swifties are so invested in Taylor, they don't have have time for their own love lives. Instead, they take out all their need for affection on Tayvin (Boyfriend Calvin Harris + Taylor).
Swifties are all over the world.
Swiftie's wear costumes to her concerts instead of street clothes.
It's so easy to become a Swiftie, that naturally SNL created a 100% accurate sketch about finding yourself a fan out of the blue.
Taylor has 62.3 million followers on twitter and 42.9 million on instagram.
ONTD, how many of these stan groups do you belong to?