Alessia Cara Calls Out Online "Stan Culture"
"People on the internet are disgusting and I lose hope for the world along with brain cells every time I see it"
Late Monday (November 26), the Grammy-winning vocalist shared a number of screenshots from her Twitter mentions on Instagram (archived below), giving viewers a look at the vitriol her profile had come under ahead of her album release.
"This is the shit I read on a daily basis. For doing nothing," she wrote. "People on the internet are disgusting and I lose hope for the world along with brain cells every time I see it."
Cara asked her fans to "never put someone down online or elsewhere," expanding on the toxicity of "stan culture" in an additional video (archived below via CBC).
Named after the Eminem song of the same title, "Stan culture" often finds listeners taking their fandom to extreme, at times detrimental ends. Earlier this year, Nicki Minaj and her fans attacked a Canadian writer online after she posted an innocuous criticism of the rapper, while fans of XXXTentacion threatened a senior couple after they were falsely linked to his murder.
"This whole world of stan culture, while it's amazing and great and connective a lot of the time, it can be very hurtful," Cara said in the video. "It gives people a platform to not only put people against each other but feel like they can say whatever they want to anybody all of the time. It sucks and it doesn't feel good."
Alessia Cara turns to Instagram Stories to post some mean and abusive tweets she's received in the lead up to her new album's release on Friday.— David Friend (@dfriend) November 27, 2018
She suggests she'll be stepping away from social media soon and asks her fans to "never put someone down online or elsewhere." pic.twitter.com/N8U0zgkKhz
The Pains of Growing is out November 30 via Def Jam.