For Latinx fans of Drag Race, Valentina’s unapologetic Latinidad felt like a revolution. But after her shameful elimination. some of the show’s long-standing issues came to light, from racism in the show’s fandom to Latinx illegibility in American pop culture.
They impersonate him for a living, traveling all over the world. They raise their children in pirate-themed homes. One even married him posthumously. How Jack Sparrow superfans are keeping the character alive.
As a child actor, I wanted people to see the real me rather than an idealized version of me. Now, I'm all too aware that celebrities can never live up to people’s fantasies.
Female artists are expected to expose themselves emotionally and physically for public consumption. Fiona Apple's refusal to do so makes her the antithesis of the typical 21st-century musical artist.
KatyCats and Beliebers ain't got nothing on Beatlemania.
Pop fandom has historically been embodied by the screaming white girl. But the rise of queer men “stanning” for pop divas signals the growing power of fan perspectives outside the straight white norm.
Over a year after Lexa's death on The 100, her fans are still fighting for positive representation of queer women on television.
Queer people are used to being vilified, attacked, and misunderstood — so some of us embrace villains like the Babadook and the Mothman because we recognize ourselves in them.
So much angst, so much love.
This weekend, the Juggalos made a strong case that they deserve our respect. But like most civil rights movements, they too struggle with intersectionality.
"Clutter in its highest and most organized form is called collecting." —Ada Louise Huxtable
The consensus? Totally worth it.
The cult of Fiona, hippopotamus social media star of the Cincinnati Zoo, isn’t that hard to understand. But Fiona's appeal for some fans goes much deeper than her adorable exterior.
Though Sebastian Stan has never led a Marvel film, he and his character Bucky Barnes are one of the most popular elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His fans tell us why they stan for Stan.
Mary J. Blige's career arc has become synonymous with pain and heartbreak — but being a perpetual medium of despair comes with a cost.
Casual fans need not apply.
As an adult, my pop culture passions have to serve as a brief and joyful escape instead of an all-consuming obsession.