[On Tuesday, Jenni Maier wrote a blog about Joe Jonas attempting to cash in on One Direction's fame by talking about them during an interview with Ryan Seacrest. Within hours the post amassed 267 tweets and 96 comments. After seeing that many of the comments critiqued Jenni for carelessly dismissing the Jonas Brothers, she invited fans to write a response post. Here's the second one from another Jonas Brothers superfan who's a member of this Jonas Brothers fan community. You can read the first response here and the death threats Jenni received from the first post here.]
I love the Jonas Brothers. A simple statement, but it means a lot. I’m a 23-year-old UCLA graduate and a Los Angeles native. A major part of the last 4 years of my life has been spent fangirling. Jonas fangirling. Yes, they’ve been eclipsed lately by other boybands-who-shall-not-be-named. But they’re still kicking and there are still reasons to love them. And luckily for you, I’m going to list them all.
Reason #1: They’re not all that different from One Direction. Don’t lie One Direction fans, you know you started out as JB fans. The Jonai had Harry Styles-esque hair before Harry Styles.
They dance just as badly as 1D. And Nick Jonas is the original king of Not Giving a F*ck. I’m sure plenty of 1D fans know about the “Niall Horan Gives No F*cks” tumblr. Nick has been covering that for years. Check out his default face in meet and greet pictures. Or how excited he is to be giving this interview. Or his reaction to screaming fans during a concert when he’s trying to give a speech. Once I asked him if we could take a “funny” picture at a meet and greet, this was the result (I cropped myself out to spare you)
Reason #2: The single Jonases (Joe and Nick) don’t wear purity rings anymore. Have at it ladies. See, they look really good in baseball pants.
And in formal wear.
Reason#3: They do a lot of charity work. The following is a small sample of some of the work they’ve done over the years. Joe has gone to Africa twice on different charitable ventures and here’s a video explaining that.
Joe also hosts Fun Run fundraisers for Special Olympics. I was able to attend one in California in 2010, it was really fun and inspiring. They had a Special Olympic athlete introduce Joe and she kept saying “he’s a friend of mine, and he’s a friend of yours.” You could tell she really meant it, and it was so adorable to see how much Joe means to people.
Kevin has participated in a Toyota celebrity racing charity event.
He also won $250,000 for the Jonas Brothers’ charity, Change for the Children, on the TV show “Minute to Win It.”
Nick has been serving as a mentor for middle school students as part of the Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway Junior Program, aimed at bringing the arts and musical theater to undeserved public middle schools
Reason#4: They love their fans as much as we love them. I continue to be amazed by how humble and sweet the Jonas Brothers are. Like this video Joe made in support of a fan suffering from a brain tumor.
Living in LA, I’ve gotten the chance to see the Jonas Brothers at many different events and concerts. They never fail to go above and beyond to give back to their fans. They ALWAYS take time to set up an impromptu meet and greet if they can to take pictures and sign autographs for everyone waiting. At a music video set in 2010, after spending all day in the sun filming and having a flight to catch, they took the time to give everyone a hug and thank us for coming and being part of the shoot.
At another recent event, Joe and Kevin were already in their car driving away to leave, when they stopped the car and got out to take pictures for the group of fans that were waiting. They could have easily not gotten out of the car, or just waved or kept going. But the fact that they took the time to get out and greet people shows how much they love their fans and are grateful for their support. On his 19th birthday, Nick spent the day with fans, letting a group of twenty (I was lucky enough to be one of them) hang out in his studio space for a tour rehearsal. I felt the fan love. As I do every time I’m in the presence of a Jonas.
Here’s a few of my pictures with them. Most of these were taken in the span of 30 seconds, and my inarticulate self usually doesn’t say much more than some mumbling of thankyouforbeingawsome Ireallyloveyou I’mexcitedforwhatevereventwe’reat andIloveyouagain.
The Jonas Brothers may not be ON the top of the tween world as they once were, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still have more to give. They have been busy and have even more coming up. Nick just finished a run in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He also has starred in recent productions of Les Miserables and Hairspray.
Joe put out his solo album “Fastlife” in 2011, and has been touring and promoting that. He is set to be a contestant on Fox’s new celebrity dating show The Choice and will also be a judge on the CW’s singing competition The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep.”Kevin has been enjoying married bliss with his wife Danielle. The two are set to star in a reality show premiering on E! in August called Married to Jonas. The show will also feature the brothers working on their upcoming album. That’s right people, music. Here’s a video of them in the studio.
I’m excited for the future, no matter how many records they sell, how many people are in the audience at their concert, or how many questionable reality shows they participate in. I love them for the music their music and hearts, and look forward to many more years of Jonas fandom. There’s room for everyone in the boyband-osphere and everyone needs to remember that.