Sorry, Disciples! Lorde Refuses to Give Her Fans a Punny Nickname, Unlike These 5 Pop Stars
Lorde's proven in almost every way that she's an unconventional pop star, and her fandom is no exception. Recently Lorde said she refuses to label her fans, stating "I find it grating to lump everyone into a really awkward, pun-centric name." Although many fans have bounced around "The Disciples" on social media as a name for themselves, Lorde has consistently tried to discourage the labeling over Twitter.
We hear you loud and clear, Lorde. Not only are fan club names usually obnoxiously "punny," they also give off this weird cult vibe. They force people to see fans of an artist as a mass of screaming hordes, rather than a collection of individuals — no wonder they're often used to make jokes about or patronize the young girls who usually make up the majority of these fans. So here's some of the worst offenders, from the most nonsensical to the tolerable.
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Justin Bieber's "Beliebers"
Not only is this the worst pun in the history of puns, it also connotes some kind of almost spiritual devotion to a 19-year-old singer who likes to pee in buckets. It’s also the easiest one to make jokes with, since it can be used as both a noun and a verb if you “Beliebe” hard enough.
Classification: A nuclear tantrum after learning your mom will not buy you front row seats to see Justin Bieber because his music is “a bad influence.”
Miley Cyrus' "Smilers"
Another victim of a bad pun. Also, “Smilers” seems too sweet and cloying a label for fans of a pop star who wears her ability to smoke weed as a badge of honor.
Classification: Crying while you shave your head into a Miley ‘do because you “just want to be closer” to Her Twerkness.
One Direction's "Directioners"
This one is just outstandingly lazy. You couldn’t even try to make a bad pun, guys? You just stuck “ers” onto the second part of your name and said “good enough”? For shame.
Classification: Writing “Mrs. Styles” all over every single notebook you own.
Katy Perry's "KatyCats"
Okay, yes, it’s a bad pun. But also, cats.
Classification: Making a YouTube video in a cupcake bra lip syncing to Katy Perry’s “California Girls.”
Lady Gaga's "Little Monsters"
For once, no puns! And for an artist like Lady Gaga, the horror movie cult vibe actually makes sense.
Classification: Learning the choreography from the “Alejandro” video and performing it with your friends.