Stanning. Stan Culture. I Stan.
We’ve all seen it, that awkward moment when someone gets a little bit too over-excited and far too touchy feely with their favourite wrestler. Or that moment when you see someone breaking all the unwritten rules of personal space.
We’ve all seen it, and we’ve all cringed at it.
And there are numerous examples of it being taken too far, and to dangerous levels. Just yesterday, someone was arrested for trying to kidnap *shudder* WWE Superstar Sonya Deville.
There are two sides to this issue – one is the mental health aspect, where it’s clear some of those “stanning” need genuine help, while the other is the genuine overzealousness of fans.
But unfortunately, they all tend to lead to the same, dark and uncomfortable place.
The days of just “being a fan” seem to be long gone. There’s nothing wrong with buying your favourite wrestler’s merchandise, sending them fan mail, or respectfully asking for a photo if you see them and they are open to being pestered at that moment.
But anything outside of that needs to stop.
Reign yourself in, show some respect and realise that those you “stan” are people, too.
Would you want someone grabbing you and disrespecting your personal space inappropriately?
No, so don’t do it to them.
And, for the record, “stan” Twitter accounts are also creepy. Stop it.