Ariana Grande fans and NBA fans: Do They Know Why They’re Fighting?
Twitter is seeing another great war yet again. This time it’s Ariana Grande and NBA fans raging against one another. As entertaining as the tweets are, it’s revolving around pretty much nothing at all.
It all started when an NBA fan tweeted this
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— 🦅 (@DeMidRange) July 16, 2018
So, it seems like an insensitive and inconsiderate NBA fan wanted to just throw hate on a celebrity for no reason. He also threw hate on the LBGT community and the feminism community on Twitter. Perhaps it wasn’t intended for the celebrity to do something about this but Ariana Grande didn’t want to let this man go. More so than the fact that he hated her fans, she was more upset about this man being insensitive.
Obviously, fans of the singer were not going to simply take the insult and went on to support her. That was all it needed to get the battle started. It’s simply hilarious how two seemingly unrelated worlds, Hollywood and NBA are doing all it takes to win a silly battle online.
Savage tweets from both NBA and Ariana Grande fans started flowing in.
— Shane Curran (@Shaneisawesome1) July 17, 2018
Ariana Grande herself reacted making a couple of tweets and subtweets. Looks like she sent her fans to attack NBA. This reaction by her was probably all that the guy who started it needed. He was just feeding on hatred and seeking momentary popularity.
— 🦅 (@DeMidRange) July 17, 2018
This is not the first time that something like this has happened. Especially on Twitter where fires are burning all round the year. Celebrities, their fans and sports fanatics are all active. Bursting out on minor incidents, tweets or comments is just normal when it comes to celebrity and sports fans. It’s just a matter of few seconds that hashtags get something trending on social media. From the ‘In My Feelings’ to MeToo movement, people have done, posted and exposed so much that we can’t describe.
Especially in times when society as become so fast that repute is made and broken in a matter of seconds, things get pretty heated when something gets trending. Plus, more and more celebrities are relying on social media to gain fame and popularity. Fandoms have become as important as anything else today. Maybe that’s contributing to the societal disruption we slowly feel. If Ariana Grande’s fans were less reactive to the NBA tweets, the war would have died down almost instantly. But fan groups are just so touchy about either sports or celebrities that neither of the two would back down.
The point here to consider is that people started being really passionate about supporting the sports institution and the celebrity to a point where it seemed like they were worshipping them. Ariana would have probably let this one hater go if it weren’t for the comment on the LGBT and feminist community, she meant to highlight the fact that there is still ignorance in this society and we need to make people accountable for that. It wasn’t about having everyone in the whole world love her unconditionally, that just isn’t possible. You can’t prevent all hate comments in a world as vast as the online web.
But somehow the fans of both Ariana Grande and NBA took it as a matter of respect and dignity of the things they choose to follow. It was about supporting unconditionally the institution and the celebrity, and not about the actual message. But that support was translated through hatred for each other’s community. That’s basically fighting fire with fire, and it’s not always the best course of action. As a society we need to realize why we’re suddenly following a bandwagon and being so passionate about something. It’s supposed to stand for something and not just aimlessly throwing out support and hatred wherever you feel like it.