Thursday, March 29, 2018

Superfans: Are They A Problem?

Yesterday on Twitter (@S_ATL_Wrestling) I tried to tackle the concept of the superfan that is so prevalent now. My issue was that some of them rub me the wrong way, but I wasn't sure if I could put my finger on why.

This was complicated by the fact that some of the best folks in the fandom (Papa Hales for example) would fall under this umbrella too. With that being the case, I knew the answer was not that "Superfans are bad."

There was still something not quite right though about some of them, and I think I finally figured out how to state it best:
A major characteristic of a bad or problematic superfan is one who uses their fandom as a weapon.
That's the most concise way I can think to put it. If your fandom is about holding yourself up as a better fan, and you're cutting Ric Flair promos on others you're the bad kind of superfan.

This would include going in on folks because they aren't able or willing to go to as many shows, buy the expensive seats, do all the meet and greets, etc. There's nothing wrong with doing all of those things mentioned, but some fans just don't prioritize their fandom like that or simply can't. That's OK, that makes them no less a fan.

The great kind of superfan is the one who uses their notoriety/position/whatever to be welcoming to all fans, to put supporting the product first ahead of their ego, and can simply enjoy what they have the opportunity to do without being obnoxious about it.

Those are the kind of people that I can respect, and there's enough of those people that I can say that superfans are NOT a problem.