Have you ever been to a show where you weren’t that into the band and you thought to yourself, “jeez, these people are fanatical about these folks?”
I have…and the band shall remain nameless…at least for now.
But the fact is that there are a lot of fanbases for bands and other things out there that are INCREDIBLY devoted.
What fanbase do you think acts like a cult?
Here’s what AskReddit users had to say about this…
“Fans of the Broadway show Hamilton.
I used to be a huge fan and suffered through the weird fandom. While Hamilton did great things for POC on Broadway, it opened the doors for teenagers to romanticize and s**ualize slaveowners.
I tried to criticize it one time online (and it wasn’t even that bad of a criticism.) and I literally got chased off of tumblr. Oh and, don’t get me started on Thomas Jefferson’s Hatsune Miku binder…”
2. Here you go.
“Rick and Morty
3. So weird.
People will literally divorce it break up or just ignore people because their signs are”incompatible”.”
“As someone who tried to go vegan, vegans.
As is the case with all groups, not all vegans are had. I’ve met some very nice and not annoying vegans, but so many of them have to tell you every 5 seconds that they’re vegan. And the ones that will spent hours trying to convince you to go vegans are the worst.
This is coming from someone who was that annoying vegan that tried to convert everyone. I’m just vegetarian now and I’m way more sufferable.”
5. Bigshot director.
“Fans of Zack Snyder. I saw Army of the Dead yesterday and I just gotta say, that movie is like, objectively bad… but his fans honestly cannot see it.
Like, I’m sure they’re thinking stuff like, “Oh, his directing, writing, and cinematography was so stunning and brave! The h**ers are just jealous of all the wrinkles his brain has! I wonder what the robot zombies and UFOs mean! He must have had a reason to randomly start talking about time loops in a zombie movie! Tee-hee, who cares about stuff like plot, acting, and continuity errors, just turn your brain off you snob!”
Like, I’m not saying he’s a terrible director or something; he’s done some great stuff. But this movie was absolute dog s**t, and I just find it kinda weird how his fans, and major film critics for that matter, will defend it when it is just so blatantly terrible.”
“As a K-Pop fan…..K-pop fans. Now it’s not all of them, but there are definitely ones that get laughed at for how they fetishize/infantilize the idols and stuff.
It’s insane how they will defend and protect the problematic idols against those who rightfully call them out. Some of them have forums talking about personal not public business of the idols. They make up stories about them, and some of them gatekeep to know end.
Some also stalk and poison idols and so on, though the last point used to happen like in earlier years, it’s still freaking crazy. I just try not to associate with those ones, but the chill ones instead.”
7. Apple folks.
“People who buy apple computers.
Tell them that another company with windows OS has a better performing computer for 1/2 the price and they’ll say things like
“Macs have better display” or “the programs I use work better in apple” and I want to hit those people because usually the programs they refer to are the adobe suite, which a lot of my classmates in uni ran on windows machines.
Source:: Works in IT and studied Digital Art.”
“America First people.
Anything reusing a WWII American fascist/N**i sympathizer slogan in 21st century is not thinking their position all the way through.
Or, they’re terrible. One of those…”
9. I agree.
Seriously, if you’ve ever been cornered by a radiohead fan in the wild, you know how annoying the hardcore fans can be. But the fact that I had one assume because i liked “real alternative music” (i was wearing my Slint t-shirt at the time) that I must like Radiohead.
And he went on for a good 30 mins (not letting me get a word in) and telling me all his wild theories about how all the albums are connected and if you add the barcode for the japanese release of ok computer with PI then divide by 3, you get a prize where tom york comes down from the heavens and gives you a gentle pat on the b**t (not really what he said but he was talking about symbols and s**t).
My major takeaway with Radiohead fans is they think they’re smarter than everyone else because they listen to them and if Radiohead are considered a smart band, then they, as fans, must also be smart.”
“I absolutely love Taylor Swifts music, been listening to it for years. But I only recently started seeing the fans on my social media feed and my goodness, it’s absurd.
Besides what you said, they care way too much about streaming/buying numbers and awards. They attack other fans, Taylor’s team, other fandoms and sometimes even Taylor herself when songs don’t rise to the top of the charts or she doesn’t win a fan voted award.
It’s so weird to me because what I’ve seen of Taylor Swift, she is quite humble and just focuses on music and putting on a good show. Also, she has really handled a lot of scandels that weren’t her fault with grace and kindness. Totally opposite of what her fand are like online LOL.”
11. Theater folks.
“Literally anything involving theatre.
Seriously. If you walk into a rehearsal 15 minutes late, you’re gonna see some weird s**t.”
12. Nerd alert!
“Star Wars fans.
I personally dont like star wars because I just dont but I dont really try bash on people who actually do
But whenever I watch Star Wars (insert that silver boba fett guy and baby yoda) and then i talk about why it didn’t make sense (silver guy was on ground and those droids just looked at him like there was nothing there instead of blasting him right away).
I get so much h**e and half a**ed bs excuses.”
13. Never heard of him…
“Jordan Peterson fans.
To give an unbiased answer, he’s a conservative political philosopher who became really popular after publicly criticising a Canadian law on misgendering people & giving an infamous interview on Channel 4 News in 2018.
He’s a highly divisive figure because of certain views he has shared regarding women and transgender people. A lot of people like him for his self-improvement works and because they think he’s right in his criticisms of society, whereas others don’t like him because they think he’s transphobic and m**ogynist.”
“As a long time fan of Tool, Tool.
I mean… yeah, the music is good (kind of disappointed in their last album, though) but the number of people spending forever dissecting every last word of every Tool album and je**ing off over the random time signatures is a bit over the top.”
15. Get fit!
My brother in law is a big time Crossfitter. His whole personality is literally his Wife, kids and Crossfit. Which I’m cool with. He’s really good people.
But he gets all frustrated when they come out to work cows with me and by 4 o clock he’s dragging a** and us out of shape looking cowboys are still rolling along strong. Granted at 4 o’clock we’ve been going for 11 hours.
And to be honest it’s a really good workout program. The BIL talked me into it, and I did it for 2-3 years. I also payed more attention to my diet. I got to where I had a 6 pack and looked ripped. It was cooler n hell.
I’ve kinda fallen off that wagon though. I’m doing traditional weights at home and a 20 minute yoga routine every day. I’m convinced with how I work, coupled with a bit of yoga to stay flexible is what will keep me in the best shape for the longest.”
16. Buy now!
“Cryptocurrency investors. Absolutely cult-like behaviour.
Well… not all of the crypto investors, but the ones who rave about it online are certainly pretty cult-like.”
17. Has an entourage.
He’s the Chris Chan of game devs, and no sane person wants to associate with him.
Yet he still has an entourage of underaged fans that still believe that he will one day finish the c**ppy game (which btw is infamous for s**ualising teenagers) that’s been in development for 7 years now.”
18. It’s true.
“The Harry Potter fandom.
I’m prepared to get lots of h**e but I’m sure I’ll get agreement too because it’s so true.”
“Beyonce and her cancerous fanbase that treat her like this otherworldly being.
She’s got a nice voice but everyone acts like she’s an angel sent from heaven or something.”
20. We get your point.
“Jojo’s bizarre adventure.
As a Jojo fan I can confirm it is at least somewhat like a cult. Once you’re in, you can never leave.
Not that I really want to, but my point still stands.”
“Jared Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars…I’m pretty sure they think he’s the second coming.
Take a look at the pictures of his extremely expensive trip to a private island with his most devout fans.
Pretty sure it is an openly acknowledged cult.”
22. Part of the club.
“Rick and Morty fans were my first thought.
The show might be funny, but the people who act like liking it is signs of a high IQ or s**t like that make me not want to get into it.”
“Most sports teams.
There is always someone who is more passionate/knows more and will make themselves known about it. Alternatively they say you can’t be a real fan because you don’t know x or y.
I enjoy a few sports. I have teams that I support. But I don’t know the ins and outs of everything they do. Doesn’t stop me being a fan but it feels like to some fans you are worse than fans of other clubs.”
“People on keto diets.
I’ve eaten a ketogenic diet before and looking back I was so annoying. I needed to tell everyone 24/7 that I didn’t eat carbs and how great keto was. And soooo many people are like that about keto. Keto is life, love, and the answer to our eternal questions!!!
Gosh I was so annoying, I’m grateful for every friend who didn’t slap me.”
“Taylor Swift Fans AKA Swifties.
I am going to admit that I do post on the sub and do like her music, but god d**n, they want her to constantly drop music all the time.
I’ve been a Brand New fan (and still am even through all the s**t that came out) for years and I know what it’s like to be waiting for new music, but man, these people don’t understand that they just got three album in nine month span.
Also, I don’t get why their so eager to meet their idol. Don’t they understand that you should never meet your heroes?”
Do you think there are some fanbases out there that act like cults?
If so, tell us about it in the comments.
Please and thank you!