Ah, stan culture. Perfect if you’re a famous person who enjoys the enthusiastic and aggressive loyalty of an army of deeply-invested and forever-obsessed strangers, but not so great when you’re campaigning for a legitimate award, apparently. According to Rolling Stone, Lady Gaga and Kristen Stewart might be facing some slim chances of getting an Oscar. And it’s all because the Little Monsters and the Twihards are reportedly fucking things up for them by getting way too invested in their respective Oscar campaigns. Okay, they need to calm down and stop taking this so seriously. I mean, Kristen Stewart claims she doesn’t even give a shit about an Oscar!
Kristen Stewart is up for a Best Actress Oscar nom for playing Princess Diana in Spencer. The same goes for Lady Gaga, who went method for WAY TOO LONG to fully immerse herself in the essence of the hitman-hiring Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci. They’re both headed for a Best Actress nom, but according to a piece written by Ernest Owens for Rolling Stone, both Gaga and KStew’s fans have taken it upon themselves to ensure that they absolutely get nominated and that no one dare talk a single ounce of shit about either performance, ever. He writes:
“I never thought fan culture could go this far until the spam emails, fake review account, and Blackface images came after me.
Social media and the rise of stan culture has now made Oscar season more unbearable, and even worse for those of color covering it. This season’s highly monitored Best Actress race between Lady Gaga and Kristen Stewart has turned into a bitter online beef among both of their fans that’s now taken an awkward turn into messy racial justice politics.”
Ernest Owens, who is Black, claims he’s received a ton of messages and emails from various fans of Lady Gaga and Kristen Stewart, explaining that their respective idol deserves that award OR ELSE! Ernest writes that one email from a Little Monster claimed that there’s a smear campaign against Lady Gaga, perpetrated by hateful types who don’t want to see a beloved “hero” to the Black and LGBTQ+ community win such a prestigious acting award. A hero to the Black or LGBTQ+ community? Ernest himself chose not to verify that. But the point here is, said Little Monster is convinced that any shady mention of Lady Gaga’s hilarious accent in House of Gucci is essentially hate speech at this point. Additionally, the email in question allegedly had some negative things to say about Kristen Stewart, which Rolling Stone chose not to publish, adding that it seemed like the only evidence of a smear campaign was against Kristen Stewart by the Little Monsters.
Ernest also says he took heat from one KStew fan who accused him of “shameful” reviews left on the review site, Letterboxd, which was accompanied by a decade-old picture of Lady Gaga with white men in blackface. Ernest was confused, as he hadn’t seen Spencer or House of Gucci, and hasn’t written a review of either. So he went to Letterboxd and discovered a fake account with his name (he reported it and had it taken down). Was it the work of a Lady Gaga fan? Who is to say, but Ernest is fucking tired of it, and apparently so are other film writers:
“Other culture writers and film critics have begun to share screenshots of such fan messages that are propping up Gaga and dismissing any criticism of House of Gucci online. One can’t help but notice that these fans don’t realize that film criticism and reviews aren’t the same as voting for a VMA – it’s not voter generated or can be trolled to victory by the highest bidder. This situation has become a mini-drama within the ongoing coverage of this heated Oscars race that’s being fueled by raging social media stans who want Gaga to become the next Barbra Streisand.”
Ernest continues, saying that all the back and forth between Lady Gaga’s fans and Kristen Stewart’s fans is particularly annoying because it’s all over two white women who, historically, have had the best shot at having their work recognized by the Academy Awards.
“Leave Black journalists out of your obsessive tactics. Being targeted as a Black journalist to focus my attention on two predominately white-focused films – in an industry that continues to look past those from my community – is exhausting.”
He finishes by saying that he probably won’t even end up going to see Spencer or House of Gucci, based solely on how toxic Lady Gaga and Kristen Stewart’s fans have been acting. Oh no Ernest, don’t say that! Just because the Little Monsters and Twihards are acting like goddamn children doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy a ticket to the cinematic events of the year. Just think of how incredible it would be to sit back as the credits roll to a close, and you turn to the person sitting next to you and laugh, “THAT’S the performance the stans were getting so worked up about?!?”