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Have we as a species gone too far? This statement could be applied to many things, the global environmental crisis and nuclear stockpiling probably rank highly, but consider also: fan and stan culture.
To admire a celebrity these days is not merely to absorb their works, attend a concert or share their interviews with a friend. The behemoth that is fan culture now encompasses dedicated streaming rosters designed to bump an artist’s songs to the top of charts.
Fanfiction—literature written about characters, people and uh, the Suez canal—has begun controversies that ultimately became months-long battles around free speech in China. K-pop denizens have mobilized to raise millions of dollars for Black Lives Matter causes, disrupt Trump rallies and build roads in rural areas to allow villagers to move about more easily.
𝙏𝙀𝙉'𝙨 𝘽𝙄𝙍𝙏𝙃𝘿𝘼𝙔 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭
Build Two bridge Named as "YongQin First Bridge&YongQin Second Bridge"
❤In order to make it more convenience for villagers
Estimated completion time:April
LOVE FROM CHINESE 10VELY&TENBAR pic.twitter.com/purIfoOmse
— TENBAR (@TenBar0227) February 27, 2021
That last achievement comes courtesy of fans of Ten, who is a K-pop idol of Thai background of the China-based WayV group and supergroup SuperM. It was a birthday present.
Devotion and obsession are often blurred, with one of the most amusing fixations being how someone smells. A candle that’s been deemed to smell like Harry Styles’s signature scent, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille has gone viral and sold out again and again. Meanwhile, various sites keep running lists of what various celebrities smell like, according to anecdotes usually given by confused co-stars.
Phoebe Dynevor is apparently regularly asked what her Bridgerton co-star and on-screen love interest Regé-Jean Page smells like: “Oh, my God. Why have so many people asked me that?” Good question, though the answer remains uncertain. For those who simply need to marinate in the aromatic atmosphere of what their favourite celebrity or fictional character smells like, enter Cool Girl Candles.
The brand makes candles (hand-poured and with a coconut and soy wax base, naturally) with scents inspired by notable heartthrobs. Amongst the range, you’ll find a Smells Like Harry Styles candle, a Smells Like Adam Driver candle, a Smells Like Timothée Chalamet and, perhaps the most out of pocket: a Smells Like Dean Winchester candle.
If you don’t believe we’ve gone too far, or simply are so far gone into your own fandoms and obsessions you no longer want to consider what all this means, you can shop Cool Girl Candles here.
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