Crazy About One Direction…or just crazy?
On Thursday, Channel 4 made a big impression and caused a lot of fuss online by airing a documentary about the Directioners called “Crazy About One Direction”. However did they go too far?
One thing “Crazy About One Direction” got right is its title: the documentary depicted the obsession and daily life of what is probably the most hardcore and crazy fans of the band’s fan base. Amongst a lot of screaming and tears, we’ve heard a fan saying she got braces not because she needed them but just because Niall had them. Or how another one, at the tender age of fourteen, knows exactly why she wants to marry Harry: “He likes to walk around naked, which I don’t mind…although he’d go to jail for that.” They also like to write fan fictions, imagining what would happen if one of the members of One Direction died or describing in a very graphic way their sexual fantasies involving Harry and Louis.
From searching hotel corridors to spending hours on Twitter, from literally chasing the boys to stalking their families, there is only no step that some of these fans are willing to take.
The worst was probably how they think they actually own One Direction. “We’ve spent so much money, we invested so much on them and what do we get back?” Well, at least, you got a CD, a concert ticket, a book, a doll…
Being a fan is about being supportive, showing your affection and respecting them for who they are. It is not about stalking, invading their privacy and shouting at their faces.
Twitter reacted violently to the documentary, and many Directioners expressed their disappointment and their fear to be seen as lunatics. No worries, we know most of you are lovely
What was great about the documentary is that there have always been extreme fans, whether they were crazy about The Beatles, Elvis or Take That.