MP! Interviews: Internet Luke Hemmings parody @Lukc5sos

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: @lukc5sos
Followers: 12k
Account owner: Anonymous

Hey, Parody Luke! What is parodying?
Basically, you just choose a celebrity you wanna be or that ya think you have something in common with and you tweets as if you’re them but everyone knows you’re not. It’s a lot of fun for us :-)

Why have you chosen to parody?
Parody 1D talked me into it because they said it would be a lot of fun and I decided to give it a try and I’m happy I did and it’s a really sick way to talk with the 5SOSfam!

What made you choose 5SOS to parody?
For me, I relate with Luke super well (especially on music taste), so I decided he was a better fit than Michael, Ash or Cal because Michael’s loud, Cal’s really flirty, and Ash is a lot chirpier than I am. I’m the most awkward human there is. But, I think the reason we all decided on 5SOS and not another band though, was because they’re so much like us. They’re random, really into music, act like fangirls to bands, and aren’t afraid to be noobs. Plus we have a lot of the same interests as the lad we chose to parody, makes it easier to tweet and stuff. Oh and we’re all mates in real life so it’s easy to joke around with them and to do this, since we know each other so well. They’re like my brothers and I couldn’t ask for a better set of guys to do this with.

Why do you keep your real identity anonymous?
We do it so the “parody illusion” doesn’t get ruined. If we showed our followers who we were it would defeat the purpose of the accounts, I think. We’re suppose to be parodies, not personal accounts and if we actually did show them, we’d have to probably stop the account because  the secret of who we are would be out. It wouldn’t be the same.

What does parodying involve?
A lot of dedication for sure. I never expected my account to be anything, ya know? I don’t really think any of us did so now that things have gotten a bit crazier for us, it’s kind of hard to keep up with everything on top of already being busy outside of our accounts, but we always try our best to be online whenever we can be.  Something else that a lot of other parodies don’t really do but we think makes it a bit more “believable” is we only talk to one set of parodies, like we don’t just randomly talk to 5 of the same person bec it sort of makes it a big mess of confusion and in real life there’s only one of that person so it wouldn’t make sense to talk to 6 of the same parody. It’s like a fam; us and the other parodies we talk to and our followers. It makes it pretty cool to have that connection with everyone. What helps too is that most of the parodies know each other in real life. It’s sick to do this stuff with your mates :)

How have you become so popular- what do you think the cause behind your popularity is?
I don’t think we’ll ever consider ourselves “popular” or “famous” which is something else we get called a lot. We’re just 4 lads who got super lucky. We’re blessed and can’t thank everyone enough for what they’ve done and still do for us, but I think the reason people are drawn to us is because we’re kind of relatable, we act like ourselves and somehow it works for us, even though we’re complete noobs almost all the time. And I think we kind of give them hope with their life and on getting noticed by the 5SOS guys (even though most of our followers believe we’re them anyway on undercover accounts, which could be another reason people are into our accounts, they like the mystery and possibility) we give them reminders that 5SOS love them and that they’re suppose to be here for a reason and that they’re wanted. I hate seeing so many epic and really pretty girls thinking that they’re disgusting or not worth life, it sucks when you can’t physically be there to give them a hug or to tell them in person how amazing they are so, the best thing we can do is to just tweet them or record messages for them, until we get that chance to meet all of them.
I think another reason our accounts have sort of blown up is because we decided to show our followers what we sounded like because so many people were asking about it and wondering if we were actually guys! So after we posted us talking on my soundcloud account Hemmo16Parody, people started to freak out over it because I guess we sound like or sound so much like 5SOS. Our accounts just recently, like in the last few months have gotten so much attention, it’s crazy. I think because it was such a bigger audience than twitter because at the time, we had maybe 1k followers or less 2k at the most and we just made those soundclouds for them, not for anywhere else really. It surprised us when our followers started sending us clips or posts of our recordings on other sites and that people were using them for vines and just to spread a positive message around. Cal’s message about “Advice For People Who Self Harm” got over 2k reblogs on tumblr and over 11k listens on our soundcloud and then Michael had a soundcloud about similar things, called “It’s Michael, Guys Please” which got so much response. I really don’t think he expected it to happen, he just posted it to let our followers know how important they are and that if anything ever happened to them, we’d be crushed. I’m happy he decided to keep it posted because he debated deleting it, after finding out the person he posted it about was alright.

What sort of reactions do you get from your followers- do they treat you like the real 5SOS?
I think the reactions are different depending on what’s going on or who the follower is. Some of our followers that have been following us for a long time don’t really fangirl over us like some of our newer ones do, unless there’s something exciting happening or if we post something for them (soundcloud/pics). Our followers are a good mix of a lot of things and it’s nice because they fangirl a lot, which is cute as hell! We love how happy they get when we talk to them or follow them but, they can also just talk to us like we’ve been friends for a long time.

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’d tell them to give us a chance before they decide there’s “no point”in what we do. It’s all for the 5SOS fam and for us to have fun talking to them.  There’s a lot of fam members that need to be reminded they’re important and we’re there to help them out, let them know they’re sick as hell and we love them, just like 5SOS do. It’s crazy how many times we get tweeted or DMed about how we’ve helped people through a lot of rough stuff. it’s an incredible feeling and I never expected to be someone’s hero or whatever ya wanna call it. It’s unreal.

What would you say to people who think you are actually pretending to be and convince people that you are the real 5SOS? 
We’re definitely not trying to convince anyone of anything, it’s all our followers’ choices on deciding who they think we are or what they wanna believe. We post stuff to keep the accounts believable, fun, and there’s a lot of coincidences. We don’t post stuff with the intentions of “yeah, let’s post this, they’ll think we’re 5SOS” “We’re definitely 5SOS guys.” We always tell them we’re parodies, no matter who we are.

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Follow Parody Luke and the other parody 5SOS on @5SCS_ 

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