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Weird Fandom Names

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“Stan” has become synonymous with, well, all fans at this point, but most people know about the term’s popularity in gay culture. Ironically, the term was actually birthed by occasional homophobe Eminem, whose 2000 song “Stan” about a mega-fan named Stan who kills himself and his pregnant girlfriend. Eminem’s fans called themselves “Stans” after the obsessive stalker fan from the song, and now, it’s a worldwide phenomenon. The Eminem stans still claim the stan name, which might get confusing considering the pervasiveness of the term in popular culture. To be fair, they do have dibs.

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