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At what point does fandom become obsession? Would you allow your teen/tween to get this distraught over a pop band?

GQ, for whatever reason, decided to give each member of One Direction their own cover.  Fans were less than thrilled with them, and this is the Twitter response they got in the UK:

 

http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/entertainment/articles/2013-07/30/one-direction-gq-covers-most-terrifying-responses

ETA: if you're looking for more entertainment, click on the facebook comments at the end of the article, the abuse continues there.

(extreme language in the tweets they've reposted there, so don't click if you have anyone old enough to read and young enough to ask nearby)

 

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 11:53 AM on Aug. 12, 2013 in Parenting Debate

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  • Holy Crap!!!!!!
    I have no words
    luvmygrandgirl

    Answer by luvmygrandgirl at 11:57 AM on Aug. 12, 2013

  • ...wow

    *backing away quietly*
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:59 AM on Aug. 12, 2013

  • Good grief.

    Izsarejman

    Answer by Izsarejman at 12:03 PM on Aug. 12, 2013

  • What the hell is wrong with people? Seriously, it isn't the end of the fucking world. People need to take a chill pill and get the fuck over themselves. LMAO!
    kmath

    Answer by kmath at 12:08 PM on Aug. 12, 2013

  • have you ever seen fandoms? they can get pretty frightening.

    some people get crazy, and usually *most* of the fans think it's pretty out of line and scary too. I know on tumblr- the "sane" ones will tell the others to knock it off and quit acting that way (at least from what I've seen)

    sadly, it seems that in every group *be it fans of something/ someone, religion...whatever - there are people who don't know how to behave or get REALLY extreme...and since we have the internet-it makes it easy to uh...vent your opinions
    charlotsomtimes

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 12:10 PM on Aug. 12, 2013

  • umm...........yikes!
    Rosehawk

    Answer by Rosehawk at 12:11 PM on Aug. 12, 2013

  • "have you ever seen fandoms? they can get pretty frightening"

    Hey, we can get pretty crazy, but not all of us are THAT bad, lol.
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 12:13 PM on Aug. 12, 2013

  • (edit: I read the rest of that and agree, lol)
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 12:14 PM on Aug. 12, 2013

  • Wow...people scare me.
    mommy_jules

    Answer by mommy_jules at 12:17 PM on Aug. 12, 2013

  • * I just want to also say that fans of bands like that scare me anyway so...

    ;)
    charlotsomtimes

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 12:23 PM on Aug. 12, 2013

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