Are Fans Taking Advantage Of Artists Like Halsey And Melanie Martinez?
4 April 2016, 12:12 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09
Is Halsey And Melanie Martinez's closeness to fans more damaging than it's worth?
Halsey's year long rise to major popularity has not been without its challenges. She's had receipts pulled on her, made numerous apologies for old tweets and mistakes, and had to deal with fans giving her a hard time in one way or another. Now, it seems that Halsey has finally had it with defending herself on Twitter. She has deleted her account and it's unclear if/when she'll be back.
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The exact facts surrounding why Halsey deleted her twitter profile are a bit vague. What we do know is that it probably had a great deal to do with being bullied online by stans and haters.
Halsey has spoken openly about her battle with mental illness (bi-polar disorder) and it seems that the random hate she receives on social media has had a profound affect on her. Such a profound affect, that she has left the platform all together.
people think hating on Halsey is a funny little joke when the poor girl is struggling with mental illness & you all make her feel worthless— Alexis Isabel (@lexi4prez) April 4, 2016
Come back @Halsey, we need ya, you are makin a difference— Ash Xx (@Ashton5SOS) April 3, 2016
Halsey is one of the only artists I know that can openly speak about the ugly truth of society & important issues and she's bullied for it— Eddie (@SincerelyEd) April 4, 2016
It's bad enough when you feel like you're doing your best for fans who just don't appreciate it, it's another thing when you're trying your best and you also have a mental illness.
The thing about having bipolar disorder, for me, is that I'm really empathetic. I feel everything around me so muchHalsey, Elle Magazine
Strangely enough, Melanie Martinez also seems to be having an issue with her fans as well.
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It all started when a fan began taking pictures of Melanie without her consent. She spoke up for herself and, in the process, earned a ton of online hate. This is just a week after Melanie yelled at a fan who screamed "I love you" at a live show.
Melanie Martinez angered by fans for taking pictures of her without asking. pic.twitter.com/RD6K3l5thW— IG: PopCrave (@PopCrave) April 2, 2016
Y'all are doing the same thing to @MelanieLBBH that y'all did to Halsey to make her deactivate GIVE THEM SPACE— lexie gutierrez (@satanslilhoe) April 4, 2016
Melanie and Halsey are coming up around the same time, appeal to similar fan bases, and probably have a lot in common when it comes to their feelings around rude or aggressive fans. Melanie has never spoken about having mental health issues but her music explores many themes including isolation and depression.
These girls work so hard and they're at the forefront of a new music revolution starring young, female artists. It would be a shame to chase them away from their important work simply because of overwhelming fan interactions and expectations. Where many other artists tend to avoid fans and put huge distance between themselves and their admirers (both on social media and IRL) Melanie and Halsey have consistently spoken with and interacted with their fans, seemingly to their own detriment.
The transition from virtual unknown to huge pop star can take some getting used to but the type of fan interactions these girls are having to battle is really unusual and over the top. There is no reason Halsey should be getting hate for speaking her mind or talking about her mental illness. And there is really no reason Melanie Martinez should be accused of being ungrateful simply because she is shy and reserved when it comes to dealing with her fans.
What do you guys think? Do these stars have a right to be upset with their fans?