“High emotions, inside jokes, and cultish reverence for one interest above all: When you’re inside a fandom, it’s as if you’ve found your long lost people. But to outsiders, fan enthusiasm and rage can be truly insufferable.”
Earlier today, the Daily Dot posted an article about the 10 worst fandoms as picked by Reddit. The short answer is “all of them,” with dishonorable mentions going to Juggalos, youth cannabis culture, Anime fans, and a handful of other interests that
won’t get you upvotes strike Reddit as annoying, including memes and anti-fans. Because Reddit, Reddit is above all that nonsense. “If I ever hear anyone say ‘le’ or ‘me gusta’ in real life, I am going to run them down with my car, then post it to Reddit for karma,” Lauren Rae Orsini quoted Redditor Chakote as saying. Also, people who spend time bitching about the people they hate, that’s just obnoxious! As dinoswithjetpacks notes, his attention likely split between this comment and a meme he’s making for r/athiesm, “What annoys me the most is the anti-fanbases. People glorifying the fact that they DON’T like something that’s popular.” That is very funny irony, you two!
Interestingly, Redditors themselves made the list, but not for the reasons you might think. Or maybe exactly the reasons you might think. See, Reddit is just so popular these days that being a Redditor is like being on Facebook. Literally everyone is a Redditor! How annoying.
Friend, you have no idea! See opening quote. But Redditors, they understand these things. As indigoire explains:
“Every fanbase is the worst fanbase, because every fanbase has the worst fans. People are passionate about what they like, and go out of their way to let others know that they like it. They band with like-minded individuals and make other fans feel like crap. Young fans are especially bad at knowing when it is appropriate to proclaim their love for something. This is everywhere.”
Yes, yes I believe I just read an article highlighting that very point! Except the people profiled didn’t seen to realize that they were basically performing the very object of their ridicule. Better luck next time, I guess!