Saturday, September 28, 2013

Chaperoning a bunch of teenaged girls to a One Direction concert ... the ultimate parental sacrifice...

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I'm not sure I get the current obsession with teen boy bands.

Okay, that's not completely accurate.  Of course I understand the concept, I was in my early teens during the New Kids On The Block original era (even if I was more of a 1927 power ballad kind of gal), so I do understand why boy bands are so popular with the prepubescent females of the species.

What I don't get it the sheer intensity of the obsession.

That teen group, One Direction, is in Australia at the moment, and I don't think I've heard of a single girl between the ages of 12 and 16 who hasn't begged, pleaded or bribed their parents into buying tickets.  At least, all the women at work who have girls in that age group have shelled out the ridiculously large amounts of money, along with an extra ticket for themselves so they can chaperone their kiddies.

A whole evening of cheesy commercialised music in a concert hall full of girls in their mid teens?  Talk about sacrificing for your child!

But it's the obsessiveness of the fans that really baffles me.  I read the other day that one of the boys in the band was Tweeting to some fans who were hanging around outside the back of the hotel he was staying in, obviously hoping to catch sight of him.

The reason he was Tweeting them?  Because the spot they'd chosen turned out to be a ruddy snake enclosure [link]!

See, that's a level of dedication that I'm just not capable of.  I'd do a hell of a lot to meet someone I'm a fan of, but standing in a snake infested enclosure?  Just in the hopes of catching a glimpse?  Hmm, I don't think so.

Maybe I'm showing my age, but I think I'll just stay home.  If I want to see someone famous that desperately, I can always google them.


28 comments:

  1. Teen idols have been around since the beginning of time. Mine just got arrested for DUI. Poor David Cassidy. And hey, what a coincidence that you are advertising the treadmill desk which is what I wrote my blog post about today. Hahaha!

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    1. What a horrible thing! A treadmill desk? No ... just, no!

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  2. I'd want ear plugs to take teenagers to one of those 'concerts'.

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    1. I'd want half a bottle of vodka and quite a large bribe, myself.

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  3. The exact amount you'd have to pay me to be the chaperone for a gaggle of screaming pre-teens to one of these concerts is $155,520. I got some debt, that's my only explanation.

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  4. My daughter is almost 16 and IS going to marry Bruno Mars. Bless her heart, she is in love with a man 12 years older than her. Now that I think about it, my husband is 12 years older than me. I wonder if I should be worried?

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    1. I hope she and Bruno will be very happy together. I believe he's got quite a lot of money and not a whole lot of scandal, so she could pick a worse potential famous husband.

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  5. You could offer me ten million dollars and I still wouldn't do this :)

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    1. I don't know, I think I could suffer through it for ten million ;D

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  6. I thank God that The Hurricane wasn't interested in In Synch, or whatever they were called, or any other boy bands. Favorite Young Man guided her musical taste toward Rage Against The Machine.

    Love,
    Janie

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  7. I know nothing about boy bands and our son wasn't into them, thank God!

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  8. Yes, this boy band obsessions have been around since the beginning of time. I am of the era of the Beatles. Girls fainted at the sight of Paul McCartney. Some things change and some things remain the same.

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    1. Now there's a boy band craze I wish I'd been around for!

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  9. I think I have the only two girls between 12 and 15 that really don't care about One Direction, so they certainly wouldn't stand in a snake pit to see them.

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    1. We should get your girls and my girl together some time, Rhonda. I think they have similar tastes!
      When are you back in the States again? LOL

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  10. I once had to take my little sister to a Bay City Rollers concert. Yes indeedy doo.

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  11. I'm with you. Not into the whole hanging around for hours hoping to catch a glimpse of a celebrity thing.

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    1. I just can't bring myself to do something like that. Still, each to their own I suppose.

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  12. There are very few days in which I don't end up in a snake enclosure. Nothing to do with One Direction, just sheer coincidence.

    Anyway, do you think you'd be able to set up a sniper's nest at the concert?

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    1. Probably not a snipers nest ... but maybe a viper's nest? ;P

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  13. I don't understand the obsession, either. Of course, there are plenty of adults who would do such crazy snake enclosure stunts to catch a glimpse of their favorite actor/actress. Craziness.
    My daughter isn't into boy bands, but LOVES Taylor Swift. I think she does it just to irritate me. She went to the concert when Taylor came to town. She went with friends and no adult supervision.

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    1. I don't get the whole Taylor Swift thing either, but I suppose there are worse people to idolise. She might go through guys like most people do underwear, but she's not a druggie or a drunk.

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  14. By the grace of some unknown force, I have managed to dodge this bullet. Three times, actually. Andrea is 15 and has had nothing but complete and utter disdain for One Direction, Justin Bieber, and the Jonas Brothers. Her obsession is anime and going to anime conventions, which is actually cheaper and fairly entertaining. I'm totally okay with her having crushes on fictional characters. Way safer at this stage of the game.

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