Crazy about One Direction

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.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ariel says:

    I agree with Rob Haggart’s assertation that susuecsfcl portraits are insightful for the viewer through the subject’s expressions, positions, and/or reactions. I personally believe that a good portrait can reveal about a person what can only be seen in a still moment, as opposed to a moving image or through time. Capturing a picture can serve to freeze and bring out in a person’s image what may normally be glossed over or ignored. I think that this quality of work can be found especially in Rineke Dijkstra’s work, which is mentioned several times in the readings. In her pictures, Dijkstra captures her subjects in a deadpan fashion as they stare directly into the camera. The very act of having their photos taken evokes their senses of vulnerability (which also relates to Chris Buck’s analysis of great portraits) and self-consciousness. What makes Dijkstra’s photographs so engaging and susuecsfcl is that they capture not only a person in a place and time, but also these people’s feelings, emotions, insecurities, struggles, aspirations, etc. In my opinion, susuecsfcl portraits will, like Dijkstra’s, show not just a person, but a life.


  2. Larry Lover says:

    This article is so true thank you so much for writing it ! Lots of Love , Directioners xoxo


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