Chris Brown fans are likely the Twitter world’s craziest, as they proved once again this week with a barrage of insults and death threats directed at Jenny Johnson.
Why is that? Simply put, because they’re Chris Brown fans.
If you need a refresher: Johnson, a comedian and frequent Chris critic, got his attention over the weekend by labeling him a miserable piece of $h!t.
She received a vile Chris Brown Twitter rant in response, after which he peaced out of Twitter and Team Breezy began calling for Johnson’s murder.
So why do Chris Brown fans act so absolutely insane on Twitter?
They take cues from the singer they worship, experts believe.
“You’re not going to see the same thing, as broadly, with people who have a different image,” says USC professor Leo Braudy, author of The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History.
“This won’t happen among Brad Pitt or George Clooney fans.”
Probably not, as those two actors aren’t going around Tweeting things like “Bitches be crazy” or “Take them teeth out when u Sucking my d–k HOE.”
Stars attract fans in their own vein and vice versa, experts say. However the celebrity behaves, it tends to come back, like an echo chamber, from the fan.
On social media, where fans feel closer to an idol than ever before, this phenomenon is only enhanced. Anonymity also breeds what some consider verbal rape.
“On Twitter, fans feel that celebrities are intimate relations, like family,” Braudy says.
“You hurt my brother, so I’m going to get you. And with fans of Chris Brown, their attacks and defenses are going to be extreme, because he’s so extreme.”
Perfectly logical. And terrifying.