As I sit in front of my computer and type this, I can’t help but be…disturbed. I mean, I knew it was bad, but I never thought there would come a day when I felt the need to actually WRITE about how unruly some members of the “Beyhive” (Beyonce’s overzealous fanbase) can be.
The truth is, a few years ago, members of the Beyhive just reaaaallly annoyed me. That was it. Occasionally, they made me second guess MY love for Queen Bey. But now? Now, I’m actually a little scared.
I don’t know if you guys caught Kid Rock’s recent interview with Rolling Stone, but he made some unflattering comments about Beyonce. And I kid you not, in 2.5 seconds flat, the Beyhive had their stingers out ready to go to war.
Kid Rock basically told Rolling Stone that he felt like Beyonce was overrated. As you can imagine, that little comment didn’t go over so well with Bey’s fans.
“Beyoncé, to me, doesn’t have a f**king ‘Purple Rain,’ but she’s the biggest thing on Earth,” Rock said. “How can you be that big without at least one ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ or ‘Old Time Rock and Roll’? People are like, ‘Beyoncé’s hot. Got a nice f**king ass.’ I’m like, ‘Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big t-ts.’ Doesn’t really f**king do much for me.”
Needless to say, there were more. A LOT more.
So it made me wonder…are these people…OK?
I came across something called “Celebrity Worship Syndrome” after doing a little research. Yes. This is a real thing. AND apparently, there’s been a name for it since the early 2000’s. Here’s a working definition of Celebrity Worship Syndrome:
Obsessive-addictive disorder where an individual becomes overly involved and interested (i.e., completely obsessed) with the details of the personal life of a celebrity. Any person who is “in the public eye” can be the object of a person’s obsession (e.g., authors, politicians, journalists), but research and criminal prosecutions suggest they are more likely to be someone from the world of television, film and/or pop music.
Yikes! I mean, really, what other reason would there be to create a profile that’s dedicated to Beyonce or Blue Ivy? What other logical (illogical) reason would you have for harassing/stalking anybody who has anything remotely critical to say about Mrs. Carter? Remember that time I wrote an article about how WRONG Beyonce was for not allowing Ledisi to get her shine on at that awards show? Yea, I got attacked by a few members of the Beyhive that day. I thought it was funny…for a little while. Until I realized how sad it was.
But it’s not just Beyonce that causes people to flip their sh*t. There’s the Rihanna Navy, there’s Nicki Minaj’s “Barbs” and there’s that one guy who ended up outside of Halle Berry’s kitchen that time.
In a study published by Dr. John Maltby and colleagues in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease entitled “A Clinical Interpretation of Attitudes and Behaviors Associated with Celebrity Worship”, some pretty unsettling things were revealed:
‘Data from 3,000 people showed only around 1% demonstrate obsessional tendencies. Around 10% (who tend to be neurotic, tense, emotional and moody) displayed intense interest in celebrities. Around 14% said they would make a special effort to read about their favorite celebrity and to socialize with people who shared their interest. The other 75% of the population do not take any interest in celebrities’ lives. Generally, the vast majority of people will identify a favorite celebrity, but don’t say they read about them or think about them all the time. Like most things, its fine as long as it doesn’t take over your life”.
“Evolutionary biologists say it is natural for humans to look up to individuals who receive attention because they have succeeded in a society. In prehistoric times, this would have meant respecting good hunters and elders. But as hunting is not now an essential skill and longevity is more widely achievable, these qualities are no longer revered. Instead, we look to celebrities, whose fame and fortune we want to emulate. Evolutionary anthropologist Francesco Gill-White from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia told New Scientist: ‘It makes sense for you to rank individuals according to how successful they are at the behaviors you are trying to copy, because whoever is getting more of what everybody wants is probably using above-average methods’. But Dr Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Liverpool, said following celebrities did not necessarily mean they were seen as role models. ’We’re fascinated even when we don’t go out of our way to copy them’. He said people watched how celebrities behaved because they received a great deal of wealth from society and people wanted to ensure it was invested properly”.
Whoa! Well when you put it THAT way! Listen, I love celebs just as much as the next person. I’m super into Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, and Ellen. But I don’t think I’d ever create an IG page in their honor. I love the fact that Beyonce has lots of supporters…that’s great. But it’s also worth noting that some of these fans put the “fan” in “fanatic,” and that is truly never OK.
Do we live in a culture where all we do is think about, talk about, and try to BE like celebs? Are we all ruined for good? What do you think?
Check out a gallery of some of the scariest celebrity stalkers of all time via PerezHilton.com