Look, I invented a new word! There is no way ‘mainstreamedness’ is a real word.
I’m going to start this post in earnest with my favorite joke (courtesy of faithful reader ZSarg9) – “How many indie hipsters does it take to change a lightbulb?…..wait for it…It’s a really obscure number that you’ve probably never heard of.”
And I’m not just poking fun at people who listen to indie rock (then immediately dismiss bands that make it bigtime), but to anyone out there that is snobbish about ownership over something. I realize this topic sounds bit ironic given the general tone of most of my blog posts, in which I am generally snobbish about everything, but that doesn’t change the fact that these types of people are dbaggish.
Most recently it’s happened with soccer (and yes it’s soccer, because as Tosh.0 said, “I speak American (first time in awhile I’ve done the double paranthesees, but Tosh.0 is the best show on TV)). I am a casual soccer fan, and by that I mean I watched lots of World Cup games, and I’ll watch maybe 5 games in total in the next calendar year. And no, not one of those will be an MLS game. As a result, myself and those like me get shit on for not being “real” fans. Just like people who only started listening to a band like Vampire Weekend get shit on after they’ve had a bit of commercial success. “Oh now you like them? I’ve been listening to them since before they got big.” Great, now I know two things about a person like this 1. He/she has pretty solid taste in music and 2. He/she is also an uppity bitch. And for what it’s worth, Vampire Weekend’s second album sounds pretty much like a bunch of b-sides from their first. Another words, it sucks.
The thing is, I know what it’s like to be a snobbish fan…because I am one about many things. Especially the Red Sox. I firmly believe that I am a “better” Red Sox fan than most out there. BUT, that doesn’t mean I look down on other fans. I embrace them. Without the many casual Sox fans out there buying pink and light blue Red Sox hats and gear, the organization probably doesn’t have the financial capability of putting out a playoff caliber team year in year out. On the same token, guess what die MGMT fans? Those two geeks wouldn’t have been able to make a second record without millions of non-hipster fans downloading their first album just because they liked the song, “Kids.” And uppity soccer fans, I got news for you too – you want around the clock World Cup coverage on ESPN again (instead of choice games being shown as was the case in the 90’s), you better hope us casual fans continue embracing your sport.
Ok, enough ranting. I hope this made sense…and if it doesn’t let me put it to you this way: If you are a faithful reader of this blog, you are one of about 100…once Nifer and I make it bigtime and start getting paid by a publisher to put a book together, don’t shit on the millions of new fans just because they weren’t faithful from the beginning.