When Fans Turn Toxic

In this weeks episode we do a deep dive into the world of toxic fandoms. Join Sara Feigin and Jenna Million and they discuss fans who turn on each other, turn on the media and even turn on their favorite artists. Our hosts cover all topics from Nicki Minaj fans doxxing a journalist to fans of female indie musicians who feel like their favorite artists owe them their time in return for buying a ticket to their show. Did you know that one time a man chased Phoebe Bridgers from her venue to her tour bus all while shouting “I promise I’m not chasing you”? Sometimes, unfortunately, even the artist takes part in the toxic behavior, like Louis Tomlinson of One Direction going after an Australian radio host after his fans attacked her for an on-air misunderstanding.

!!!! As always this podcast is largely opinion-based, while we do in-depth research and include all sources in our show notes, we are humans with opinions. Nothing stated in this episode or any episode is meant to invalidate any listener’s personal views or feelings.

Detailed show notes including images and articles mentioned in the episode can be found on our website, Name3Songs.com

To continue the conversation on social media you can find us on Twitter at @Name3Songs or personally @sara_feigin & @jenna_million


Toxic fandom: Online bullying in the name of your favourite stars – BBC (2018)

Taylor Swift fans hit out at Greg James after BBC host tells her to take a shower after Biggest Weekend set – Evening Standard (2018)

Charlie Puth Implores BTS Fans to End ‘Toxic Internet Screaming Match’ – Variety (2020)

The 10 Most Difficult-to-Defend Online Fandoms, from Barbz to Pewdiepie’s Bro Army – Wired (2018)

Stop Celebrating Stan Culture. It’s Toxic. – Junkee (2020)

Louis Tomlinson, Ash London And The Nature Of Toxic Fandoms – Junkee (2017)

Notice Me!: How Fandom Endangers Female Musicians – Nylon (2019)

When Stans Turn Toxic—and Harass Their Music Idols – The Daily Beast (2019)

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