Being a fan - a proper diehard - is more difficult than ever.
Multiple sexual assault allegations against major entertainers have been made in recent days. What's your breaking point?
* A quick trigger warning: this post refers to allegations made by the R&B singer Cassie against hip-hop figure Diddy. It also deals with other men with troubled pasts: Louis CK, Mel Gibson and Kanye West. It could be a lot for a Friday morning. Go carefully.
So you want to like something?
You want to enjoy something?
You want to engage with an artist? Buy the T-shirt? Join the forums? Spin the vinyl while you stare at the artwork? Stream the YouTube videos? Like their Instagram posts? Go to the shows?
Become a dedicated, hardcore fan?
Hang on their every word?
Fall in love?
Have you really thought this through?
Because this is a complicated process.
Are you willing to give up everything at the drop of a headline, tweet, allegation, or lawsuit?
Or is your commitment unequivocal, unwavering?
Where is your breaking point?
It’s a question that’s been on my mind lately. It has to be on everyone’s. After the past week, with historic sexual assault allegations being made against many famous faces, you have to prepare for this exact scenario.
In some cases, you need to be ready to leave your fandom behind at any moment.
Like Rob Harvilla.