PSA: Celebs, Stop Nicknaming Your Stans!

At what point are we as a community going to say to these recording artists: “Y’all gotta quit naming your fan bases?” I reached that point one week ago when I saw soul singer and shade samurai, Syleena Johnson (who’s a castmate on TV One’s R&B Divas), refer to her fans as “SYLEEGIONS.” Syleena, I love you like peach cobbler after a fried catfish dinner, but that ain’t it. The same can be said of Kelly Rowland’s “Rowland Stones” and “Rowldawgs,” Tamar Braxton and her “Tamartians,” Miley Cyrus and her “Smilers,” and so on.

Seriously, look at how low we’ve sunken:
One Direction: Directioners
Demi Lovato: Lovatics
Selena Gomez: Selenators
Adam Lambert: Glamberts
Ke$ha: Animals
Katy Perry: Katy Cats
Iggy Azalea: Azaleans

My eyes: they hurt. Sure, now more than ever, it behooves artists to cultivate a strong relationship with their fans, especially after Twitter has facilitated rapid Standom direct interaction. Yeah, artists feel compelled to make their fans feel special if not damn near kin, but creating an online gang with a terrible name is a bit much.

It may be too late to stop the Navy (Rihanna’s clan), the BeyHive (Beyoncé), the Little Monsters (Lady Gaga) and the Barbz (Nicki Minaj), but the rest of you have got to be the change. Cut this crap out. It’s stupid, it’s corny and frankly, some of y’all only have five fans and half the number of hits anyway. For the love of Beysus, end this trend now before we end up with “2Pacians.” —Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick)

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