I have a theory. Fans are more wild than their products/idols.
This should actually be obvious, right? I mean you see fangirls blowing up left and right, fanwarring over published material, scandals, etc. Have you ever wondered about the products/idols' reactions , though? (I'm not talking only about Kpop idols, though.)
Unresearched examples: Fanwars between Jacob & Edward. As far as I'm concerned, Meyer hasn't blown up and gone wild defending herself. Fanwars over the Jongkeyung scandal. Only thing that truly happened was Sekyung shutting her cyworld and SHINee/SNSD getting more security. Fanwars over Ke$ha's content. She hasn't posted up a gazillion blogs and vlogs.
Of course, of course. They have to worry about their image, popularity, and, in Kpop's case, oppressive companies.
But what if that's not the case? What it the artist's/author's themselves like it? What if they enjoy overreactive fans and are cracking up watching fanwars? What if they're trolls?
Think about it. Trolls are people on the internet who deliberately puts out messages to start an argument. They're usually bitchy, annoying, and a pain in the ass. Now look at people like Lady Gaga and Ke$ha. Putting out material that a)makes fans fangasm, b) makes fans/non-fans pissed off, or c) something else along those lines. In fact Ke$ha has even stated she does this to counter how guys sang about girls in the past and there is no way that Lady Gaga's ridiculous outfits, outrageous music videos, and provocative lyrics aren't... provocative in anyway. Except they also get paid. Then there's also Kpop companies like YG who allow their artists to write their own songs, meaning they get to pick what kind of message to send out there, purposefully and easily allowing tons of people to react in every way possible. And while most are long dead, many, many, many writers in the past wrote novels or plays with definite sometimes political approach things. Lawrence. Austen. Dickens. Wilde. Orwell. Too many to list. Even better, all sorts of entertainment "creators" have scandals, which, naturally, deliberate or not, raises attention to the creators and keeps them in our miiindz, torturing us, making us think.
I can relate to this easily. I post up my own creative work in hopes people enjoy it. But at the same time, I like feedback. Any kind. Even if it's fanwars in the comments. In fact, to an extent, I can even say I enjoy it cause that means my work is provocative enough for people to come back and discuss. I makes me fee like my work is worth having done, appreciated. And this may seem sadistic, but when viewers get so pumped up arguing against my work or against each other, I feel even more pleased. To me, it means that the viewers are investing their brain power, their feelings into something I created. Sometimes I laugh.
So I wonder. Do professional artists and published authors and filmmakers sometimes laugh behind our backs at how foolish their fans are? It's not like we'll know because we're paying them and it's not something ethically right to say.
But this is another take, another possible perspective on overreactive fans and their potential obliviousness.