This week Teh Halia asks the question – do you need to be a ‘real’ fan to mourn the death of a celebrity?
We’ve all seen a lot this week about Prince – musical genius, pioneer, performer extraordinaire. But how many of us really knew Prince? Or are most people, like us, vaguely aware that he exists, and that he’s ‘good’?
We talk about ‘old’ fans versus ‘new’ fans, ‘plastic’ fans versus the ‘real’ followers. Who deserves to grieve, and who needs to just shut up and let the actual fans have their moment?