Charlie Puth Calls Out Toxic Stan Culture: 'It Does Nobody Any Good'
By Eliot Hill
July 6, 2020
Charlie Puth is asking fandoms to rethink the things they decide to write online.
In a series of tweets on Sunday (July 5), the “Girlfriend” singer shared his own thoughts about the negative side effects of fandom culture — and he did not hold back.
“I don’t usually pay any mind to things like this, but something has to be said. This dangerous, toxic, internet screaming match between ‘fandoms’ has to stop,” he wrote. “I’m 28 years old, so it doesn’t really mean anything to me when some person I don’t know writes a nasty message to me...saying things like 'I used BTS for clout'. I don’t know what that means- I love those guys and they are super talented.”
He went on to say that although strangers' words don't impact him directly, he thinks about younger kids who may be upset with what they see online during fandom wars.
“I’m thinking about all the other younger kids on twitter seeing stuff like this on a daily basis,” he wrote after explaining that a decade ago “language like this directed towards me would’ve affected me deeply in a very negative way.”
Puth ended his message pleading with his fans and fans of other artists to be a little nicer to each other.
“It may sound cliche, but please be nicer to each other on here. No more screaming about made up nonsense. It does nobody any good. We all need to love each other MORE THAN EVER RIGHT NOW,” he ended his thread.
Judging by the replies on his tweets, Puth's message seems to stem from The Army accusing the singer for using BTS' name to get more famous and wanting to collaborate with the band to broaden his audience. Aside from his one mention of liking the K-Pop group in his tweet, Puth has not expanded on this.
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