MP! Interviews: Louis Tomlinson internet parody @Louis_T0mlins0n

It’s incredible how much the culture of fangirling has evolved in the past few years and it definitely owes thanks to social media for playing a big part of it.

We’ve seen bands such as One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer blow up with fame thanks to their dedicated fans spreading the world like wildfire and fangirls even have their own lingo (we totally ship you guys with your bae bc OTP) but now there’s a new craze sweeping the online nation – parodying. We’ve had a chat with a few people who are involved with this virtual sensation to fill you in with all the deets about the newest craze you’ll be seeing across Twitter.

Account: @Louis_T0mlins0n
Followers:  16.6k
Owner: Anonymous

What is parodying?
For the boys and meself, it’s been about the Directioners and making them happy. Parody Harry and I actually started this near the same time, I believe 3 years ago, 4 this December. Unbelievable really.

As far as what being a parody consists of, you’re basically taking on the role of a celebrity, tweeting and acting as if you’re that person, only everyone knows you’re not the official celebrity. It’s a fun way to get to know some incredibly lovely people, and to have a bit of fun whilst doing so.

Why have you chosen to parody?
In all honesty, I thought it would be a more interesting approach to chatting Directioners and to help anyone that may have felt a bit “invisible” to the boys. It’s incredibly difficult for the real Louis to interact the way I do, with fans, considering his follow count is quite massive and he gets more tweets, clearly. I can see those people who don’t get noticed or haven’t been yet.

What made you choose 1D to parody?
I chose Louis specifically because, he and I are quite similar, as far as our personalities and even a few physical features, are concerned. We’re also the same age, so I suppose it just fits. We chose 1D because, we’ve always admired them as people and enjoyed their music. We figured, why not?

Why do you keep your real identity anonymous?
To keep the accounts as believable as possible and if we were to reveal ourselves, it wouldn’t be much of a parody account, it’d be more of a personal. It’s also fun having that bit of mystery behind what we do.


What does parodying involve?
Patience, time, and research. It can be quite difficult for me, at times, to be patient with certain people, because I literally have no time for rubbish or negative banter, and I’ll always address an issue if I feel strongly enough about it. But I’m always fair, never rude to anyone who’s not been rude to me.


It can also get a bit complicated running the account, when you have your own life outside of the internet, so when you’ve got the time, you want to be sure you check in on your followers and let them know you’re still there and haven’t forgotten them.
You’ve got to be extremely attentive to what the person you’re parodying is doing and where they are, sometimes even who they’re with, so you know what to tweet, and when to tweet it as well.


How have you become so popular- what do you think the cause behind your popularity is?
I think for us, what really got people interested, was the fact that we were parodying “the biggest/upcoming boy band in the world” and the lads were just starting to make a name for themselves in America, so people were excited and seemed to enjoy the idea of chatting us. For our followers, it was like talking to the genuine article and it made them happy and still continues to, which makes us happy :)


What sort of reactions do you get from your followers- do they treat you like the real 1D?
I’ve had quite a wide variety of tweets from my followers, most of which definitely treat me as if I’m Louis, which is the point, so it’s nice seeing that they’re thrilled to talk with me. Some people get pretty excited.


Some people don’t understand the whole concept of parodying. How would you explain it to those people who don’t really see the point of it?
I normally just explain to them, that we’re not doing anything negative and that we do it to make people happy. I also explain a bit of what we do, just not in great detail, so they get an idea of why we do what we do and how it’s done.


What would you say to people who think you are actually pretending to be and convince people that you are the real 1D? 
I’ve had loads of tweets calling me a “fake” and I’ve had people swear at me (which I don’t take too lightly) I’ll normally try and calmly explain to them, that they’ve made a mistake, then direct them to my bio, which clearly states that I’m not a “poser”. If they continue to give me shit, that’s when I get a bit upset and state my case one last time, then block them because some people literally don’t give a damn about how they’re treating people, it’s sad and I don’t have time for that sort of negativity. Positive vibes all the way!


But, I’d say, make sure you read our bios, and talk to us first. Give us a chance before deciding to be rude.

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Written by Jazz

I'm passionate about two things - Pop culture and journalism. Writing for MP is fulfilling both my passions! Follow me on Twitter- @Ollys_Direction but I warn you, I fangirl a lot!

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