Are you a Justin Bieber fan that has always wondered why your teachers, parents, and most adults hate him so much? As it turns out, there is some academic research that explains Justin Bieber haters — and the culprit may be his teenage fans.
Justin Bieber’s headlines in 2015 oscillate between his new music and his love life — but there is always a bit of hatred in the media for this baby-faced pop star.
Recently, writers have pointed out that there is some academic research behind the reasons people despise Justin Bieber and boy bands like One Direction. This gives us an idea why people say they hate Justin Bieber — but does Justin Bieber already hate himself enough?
Rolling Stone announced in June that Justin Bieber and Willie Nelson will be starring in the comedy Zoolander 2. Rolling Stone also reported on Justin Bieber’s celebrity roast earlier in the year.
Obviously, Justin Bieber has no problem poking fun at himself — but do not assume that he does not take himself seriously. In fact, Justin Bieber often feels self-conscious and down on himself.
Over 2015, Justin Bieber has made several press announcements where he felt he needed to apologize for being Justin Bieber. For example, Justin Bieber made an apology where he said he was sorry for “being a dumb kid.”
For Mother’s Day, Justin Bieber went out of his way to thank his own mother — and publicly stated that he was “sorry for being an idiot.”
Sadly, Justin Bieber and other boy band celebrities get negative attitudes from the general public on top of their own self-deprecation — but is there any academic research that explains why Justin Bieber and his fans are typically hated by adults?
Interestingly, it is not only Justin Bieber and One Direction that have caused older people to mock their fainting and screaming teen fans. In 2000, long before Justin Bieber was around, there was a forum thread discussing why people hated boy bands and other Justin Bieber predecessors.
Despite the large number of conversations online about how terrible boy bands and Justin Bieber are, they often have writers defending them. Mainly, the writers shift the negative focus off of Justin Bieber and boy bands — and onto the fans.
Drake Magazine recently wrote the following about the type of fans associated with Justin Bieber, One Direction, and the Beatles.
“You don’t hate Niall, Liam, Louis, Zayn, and Harry– you hate One Direction’s following. You hate the four million-plus screaming preteen girls… When The Beatles arrived in town, screaming mobs would stand around the hotel where they were staying just to get a glimpse of the musical demigods.”
Coming to the defense of teen girls that love boy bands, The New Statesman recently posted an article about the reasons behind adults mocking teen and tween girls that are in love with pop singers like Justin Bieber.
To set the scene, Elizabeth Minkel wrote about Zayn leaving One Direction and how it led to internet trolls posting overly-negative comments about the devastated reactions of teenage 1D fangirls. Minkel wrote the following about haters of One Direction or Justin Bieber fangirls.
“Why do One Direction fangirls bother people so much? Why do their emotions, and the way they perform that emotionality, seem to anger complete strangers? Why do adults parade their ignorance of a staggeringly successful pop act—and why do they feel the need to scold, mock, or offer the girls who love it ‘a bullet through the head’?”
But is there any academic literature behind the way that young girls feel about Justin Bieber or One Direction — and how those feelings make adults hate Justin Bieber? Minkel goes on to loosely refer to the current term scholars use to describe the intense feelings of fangirls.
In short, a screaming fangirl’s reaction to seeing Justin Bieber in person falls under the academic banner of “positive and negative emotionality.” Intense emotionality of the negative or positive variety is displayed in extremes with young people — and rarely in adults. The fact that high emotionality usually happens only when someone is young explains why fangirls of Justin Bieber are often mocked by adults.
However, some writers object to calling the intense emotionality of Justin Bieber fans by the words “hysteria” or “hysterical.”
Hermione Pond writes on Kinja that the terminology used for hating fangirls of pop stars like Justin Bieber can be sexist.
Pond was responding to a negative article that GQ wrote about One Direction and states, “what I’m interested in is the fact that the article is grossly misogynistic. It objectifies One Direction fans and reduces them to their perceived sexual interest in the band.”
In particular, Pond says GQ was wrong to call the emotional reactions of fans of Justin Bieber “hysterical” or hormonal.
What younger Justin Bieber fans may not know is that the words hysterical and hormonal have a negative association in academic feminism. Those words were used historically to give scientific reasons for why all females were mentally incompetent — and therefore they are not a fair way to describe an excited Justin Bieber fangirl.
In conclusion, Pond makes a statement about the GQ article that most maligned Justin Bieber fans could agree with.
“I feel like this article reflects a larger hostility towards teenage girls and media that is made for them, and I really wish we could stop hating teenage girls for liking things.”
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