Potentially heavy topic for what (here) is a gorgeous day that will have me fleeing the house shortly to go bask in it. I don’t want to be a downer, but I don’t mind stirring the pot when it comes to issues that come into play with the Boys’ ever evolving career. Besides caring about them, I find it fascinating in a meta sort of way.
First, I must admit that I don’t regularly engage with the greater Jonas fan population anymore, now that it is too large to get a real bead on, so maybe I am way behind in noticing this particular trend…but with the Guys away in Europe, it seemed to be a little bit of a down week in Jonas news, thanks to personal life rumors and a rare gaffe (or just another media distortion, depending on your perspective). And this time it caught my eye…
Case in point, and a ton of questions, after the jump!
It’s never been unusual to find, if you for some reason wanted to, people slamming the Jonases for one reason or another…but the thing I’ve been noticing, and wondering if any of you have too, is a growing handful supposed fans has seemed – to me – to seize upon the opportunity to turn on them, loudly. Which makes me wonder whether this is a natural side effect of being a teen idol, or what. Since they signed up with Hollywood Records, there have always been a few fan casualties, with every rung up the ladder they move.
But the latest surge of disapproval comes with more complexity. When earlier this week an online British rag reported the Boys’ supposed contribution to the Bebo “Message from Earth” project as being Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham representing some kind of feminine ideal, the response (in the news item itself, and subsequent syndication on JonasBrothersFan.com, JustJared and Oceanup) was swift and pretty brutal. People were not pleased to see them select someone of her body type. At all.
I actually think it is somewhat fair and comforting that there are girls out there who pick up on these things and speak out on them, since body image and eating disorder issues are so potentially pernicious among this type of fanbase.
So…do you believe the details of the Posh report in the first place? But how do you feel about pegging the Jonases as being promoters of such behavior? Is that fair?
Furthermore, many (ex?) fans cited this as definitive proof that they have changed and been consumed heart and soul by the showbiz machine and betrayed the way they were. (I, for one, am not at all convinced that they are contradicting any previous preferences and aspirations stated or practiced by any of them.)
But…I am, as always, at least a little skeptical. I tried to sleuth, and the only supporting proof I could find was this UK Camp Rock premiere footage in which (context of a question removed, but fairly obvious) Nick suggests Anne Hathaway for the capsule, Joe names [recently befriended Briton] Victoria Beckham, and Kevin agrees on both counts. No one, in this particular video, says the words “perfect body of a woman”. Until I see that, I won’t be entirely convinced they qualified the idea to that extent…still, I would hate to think I was being a defender of a damaging mindset just because I adore the Boys. But in such situations it is hard for me not to look at them as much as victims of the status quo, in this regard, as the fangirls who look on expectantly.
They are so young, and it seems normal enough to me. Does that mean it’s excusable? Are they obligated to pander to their fanbase, here? Should they be expected to handle every single social issue with perfect aplomb? (Okay, that last one was a bit of a rhetorical question.)
So do you think the body-image story is worth the minor furor it has caused? Do you give them the benefit of the doubt for their answers to these questions, or care? Do you think such things have a real impact on the fanbase or are an indicator of a fanbase backlash? And is it bad enough to merit them addressing this directly?