Elitist Fans: Or, You’re Embarrassing Yourselves
Dear Anyone Who’s Ever Used ‘Well I liked (insert thing here) first!’ In An Argument On the Internet or Otherwise-
Please stop. Honestly, from the bottom of my heart, I mean this, you’re making a fool of yourself. Who told you that liking something first is the equivalent to liking something the most? Because it really isn’t. Not at all actually. Liking a thing from it’s ‘beginning’ doesn’t make you any bigger a fan than someone who has recently discovered the thing. Be it a band, tv show, book or whatever.
Let me prove my point in a metaphor. Let’s say you’ve never tasted an apple before. One day, you’re walking along minding your own business when all of a sudden you see a street vendor selling apples. You think, ‘Hey! That looks interesting, maybe I’ll try it,’ so you buy the apple . Then you realize that you really like apples. So, you spend the next few days eating nothing but apples and reading up on all the different kinds and basically learning everything you can. After a while, apples kind of become a pretty typical part of your life. However one day you go out to lunch with a friend and they tell you all about these ‘apple things’ they’ve discovered and how magnificent they are.
Now, this next part could go one of two ways.
A nice, normal fan would be excited that their friend likes apples too. They’d ask them what their favorite varieties are and talk about all the wonders of apples.
An elitist fan, however, would react much differently. They’d probably ask where they heard about apples and when. An elitist fan wouldn’t be very happy that their friend had found apples too. The reason? Well their friend didn’t find out about apples as early as they did so their opinion is automatically invalidated.
Now, that doesn’t make much sense, does it?
In the end, it shouldn’t matter when someone starts liking something. Be it at the end or the beginning or whenever the thing reaches it’s peak popularity, it doesn’t matter. Because if you really love this thing, you’ll want as many people as possible to love and appreciate it too.