Am I still allowed to like them?
Yes. No one is stopping you from doing anything. You can like and consume their work without liking them as a person. You can even like them as a person, so long as you recognize that they do have problematic issues.
How can I be a good fan?
Try and make them a better person. If they do something problematic, call them out on it. I recognize that famous people are busy and don’t read every single Twitter reply or Facebook comment they get, but still try it. At the very least, you’ll be educating other fans.
How can I be a conscious fan?
Recognize that they did something wrong. Accept it. Don’t try to defend it or explain it. Say “so-and-so makes great music, but I wish they weren’t racist” or “I think that they’re really talented, but they are also sexist”. It’s a package deal. Tell other fans what they did. When praising them, don’t ignore the problematic stuff. Talk about that too.
I thought it was appropriate to bring this back in light of the John Green post blowing up
do not fall in love with people like me.
i will take you to museums, and parks, and monuments, and kiss you in every beautiful place, so that you can never go back to them without tasting me like blood in your mouth. i will destroy you in the most beautiful way possible. and when i leave you will finally understand, why storms are named after people.
HOLY SHIT JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL
WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE
THEY’RE STEPPING UP THE PEEPS GAME
oh my god
maybe one of these wont taste like trash garbage to me cause godamn if they don’t look like something i’d wanna eat but taste grody
apparently the watermelone and lemonade ones are pretty dang good.
ok but imagine
you’re sitting in the audience of a lets play panel at a con
it’s about to start and the let’s players are seating themselves
there’s game grumps, markiplier, tobuscus, and an unfamiliar face
as they’re settling in and checking their mics, the man nobody recognizes says
"what’s up everybody it’s cr1tikal"
the entire audience shits their collective pants
the panel ends immediately
there are no survivors