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.
Hey, parody Calum! What is parodying?
I guess a lot of people have a different opinion on what it is but, for us, it’s just picking a celebrity that you wanna be, ya tweet like you’re that person but everyone knows you’re a parody account and not a poser. It helps when you’re a lot like the person you chose to parody.
Why have you chosen to parody?
The lads talked me into it and it’s a fun way to get to know the 5SOSfam :)
What made you choose 5SOS to parody?
We chose 5SOS because they’re a pretty cool set of guys and they have similar personalities to each of us. Cal and I are both pretty low-key lame but, play it off like we’re cool, lol. His music taste is sick too. Blink182 and Green Day are two of my favorite bands in world and RnB music is something I like too, which was another similarity we had. We’re both kind of flirty, I guess and speak our minds without hesitation (and sometimes it gets us into “trouble”) figured I’d be able to tweet pretty easily since we’re handle situations pretty similarly.
Why do you keep your real identity anonymous?
It’s to keep our parody accounts as mysterious and accurate as we can. If we decided to show people who really were, we’d have to stop using the accounts because the “illusion” would be ruined and things would be different. We like keeping everyone on their toes, even if they already have their own ideas of who we might be.
What does parodying involve?
A lot of being careful what you tweet, one slip up and things can easily change, so you’ve gotta make sure you know what’s going on and not to post something by accident (or purposely but, on the wrong account as we have personal accounts too).
How have you become so popular- what do you think the cause behind your popularity is?
It’s really crazy when people tell us we’re “successful” “famous” or “popular” because we don’t really feel like we’re famous or anything. We’re just really lucky guys who have some of the best people to support us. I guess the reason that people are starting to take notice in our accounts is because a lot of our Soundcloud recordings have been posted around different social media sites and they sort of “blew up”, especially my soundcloud based around self-harm, ‘Best Advice For People Who Self-Harm.’ it’s weird and amazing to think that so many people have heard it and to know it’s actually made a difference in a lot of people’s lives.
What sort of reactions do you get from your followers – do they treat you like the real 5SOS?
Our followers are some of the funniest, most dedicated, sweetest, and talented people in the world and they say the best things sometimes. My followers are a mix of friends, fangirls, and cheeky little shits and I love them heaps! Some of them scream and even cry when I follow them, which is crazy and pretty incredible that they’re that happy and excited over me. Some of them are really laid back and chill whenever we talk, which is cool too, it’s like talking to someone I’ve known for years. Then there’s the mix of both, depending on what’s happening, they’re epic people.
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?
Most people who don’t like us or don’t think what we do has a point, are the people who haven’t even talked to us and they just go by what they’ve heard, which is kind of lame. I think they should give us chance before assuming they know about what we do. We do it for the 5SOSfam :) and we love getting to talk with them.
What would you say to people who think you are actually pretending to be and convince people that you are the real 5SOS?
It’s funny when people don’t actually read our bios or realize that we’re just doing this for fun. We never claim to be anyone but us. Our followers have ideas on who we are and can decide or guess who we are but, we’ve never confirmed or denied anything. We just tell them we’re parodies, which is what our accounts are. It’s cool if people don’t like us but, they should definitely know what they’re talking about before they start attacking our followers for talking to us or talking shit to us. We’re not for everyone but, don’t be a douche, that’s basically what I’d tell them.
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Make sure to follow Parody Calum and the other 5SOS parodies at @5SCS_