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Fans Throw Tampons At One Direction And They’re Shockingly Not Flattered By It

One Direction in concert Machester March 2013

Today in “OMG WHAT IS WRONG WITH FANS THESE DAYS” news, at a recent One Direction concert in San Jose, fans decided the best way to express their love for the group would be to throw tampons at them. That’s right, as in feminine hygiene products. And according to the Mirror, the boys were not thrilled about it. Zayn Malik was even caught on camera making a face while a tampon sat lonely on the stage beside him. Since I’ve already gone multiple sentences without clarifying and you’re probably very concerned, I should mention that no, the tampons had not been used. I know, right? How polite.

We can all agree that this is gross, correct? I mean, it would obviously be grosser if the tampons were used, but it’s still pretty gross. And on top of that, how is this flattering? How does this show that you love someone and they should love you back? I’m already of the opinion that getting hit in the face with a stranger’s panties isn’t exactly flattering either, but I can at least acknowledge that in that case the intention seems to be a nice one. But as far as I can remember throwing a tampon at someone is the opposite of nice. Would these girls throw tampons at their boyfriends? Is that some new way teenagers are courting each other now? Instead of passing notes in class asking someone to check off whether they like you, a girl just hurls a tampon across the room and prays that it hits the correct boy’s head? And if it doesn’t, too bad because you’re getting married now?

It seems like these girls are just reaching into their purses, grabbing the first thing their fingers touch and throwing it onstage as if it’s a beautiful token of their love. Like the Justin Bieber fan who sacrificed her phone. Except in this case, putting a tampon down one’s pants is much more appropriate than doing so with a phone. If you’re a girl, that is. If it were my bag they were reaching into, Harry Styles would get hit with approximately 57 movie ticket stubs and a few of those little socks you use to try on shoes at Payless. Romance!

Apparently this isn’t the first time this has happened. At a Nottingham concert last year, the same thing happened, and you absolutely MUST watch the video below, because Harry’s reaction is priceless. The tampon hits the Styles at approximately one minute in. At least we now know this isn’t an exclusively British or American problem., although that just means it’ll be harder to solve.

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  • soneXshikshin

    why dafuq would throw your time of the month blood at your favourite idols….

    • Jill O’Rourke

      To be fair, they weren’t used tampons, but I’m scared that’s the next step.

    • soneXshikshin

      I am not surprised if they actually do that…hardcore fans in korea send their idols their used sanitary pads and I am not joking -_- one even went as far as writing a letter in her own T.O.M blood

    • Jill O’Rourke

      Ugh, what is this world.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      Mad. The way it’s always been but more uncontained now.

    • soneXshikshin

      this kind of creepy crap is done by pre-teens and teenagers…they want to be part of the idol’s “life” -_-

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      I have begun to understand the ancients fear of women. And why men felt they had to oppress them. Fear and terror.

    • soneXshikshin

      and this tactic is done by pre-teens or teenagers or even adults in their 20s,and they have done a lot of things that a stalker in the US would be charged for (breaking into their house/dorm,illegally cloning phones,assaulting or just slapping them in the face to be “remembered” and get pissed when their idol changes their phone number )

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      Now that you have suggested it it will be. Genet and Burroughs: you are responsible for what you write.

    • Jill O’Rourke

      Does it work the same way if I write that I’m dating Ryan Gosling?

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      no. Just if you suggest to the masses some previously unseen possibility of x or y. We all want to date Gosling already. No subliminal suggestion there.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      It’s an Asian culture thing. Like a chick thing or a man thing. Or a prick thing.

  • The Redhead

    Once upon moving into a new apartment I was warned that the upstairs neighbor had flung USED tampons onto my porch while in a disagreement with the former tenant. I wanted to run screaming, but the lease had already been signed.

    • Jenni

      There are few things more vile than used tampons. And I have low standards for vile.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      Ah jenni why would a woman’s blood on compressed cotton be the most vile thing for you, even tho it was inside mucous membranes. Jes askin’

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      That’s quite an over reaction. Are you always that way?

  • MCR

    I have to assume there’s a symbolic message here, possibly one the fans themselves aren’t consciously aware of. Something sexual but in such a twisted way it looks more like an assault. It’s like they’re pelting the guys with moulded casts of the interior of their own vaginas.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      OK I’ll go there. What if as Lacan says, “How do you know they are women?” Since gender is socially constructed (I hope we can assume Butler is correct. Her peers do.) then these women are behaving as “men” so their gender is ambiguous. They “masquerade” (another post modern concept) as women but are genderized male. So they throw tampons (penises) at another man. And unbloody tampons are hard and stiff so they can be inserted without turning to mooosh while you are doing it. So they are saying “I’d like to fuck you,”- since they are genderized as male – to another “male” while pretending to be “women”, – masquerading as women.

      That’s a Lacanian reading rather than a classical Freudian one. See you were just a whisper away.You saw the inversion and stated if differently. I like yours better BTW.

    • MCR

      This is still seeing the phallus as the aggressor, the act of penetration as active, in contrast to the passive female. In some cultures, sex is seen as the act of the female parts engulfing or devouring the male, not the male invading the female. Bear in mind that the vagina is ALWAYS rigid and prepared to act. They’re not being fake men; they’re being ultra-women.
      In reality, of course, they’re just being jerks, which is not a gender-specific category.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      Had an interesting reply for you but got eaten at the library. You are mixing the categories of sex and gender. Women are sexed women but may be gendered as men. And then they may “masquerade” as women (dress,etc). So there are layers of signs and “floating signs” going on here. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2/181-8221151-1377311?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=judith%20butler%20gender Butler’s books in the link. “Vagina Dentata” is the male fantasy of the active vagina eh! The Asian prostitute in Saigon smoking a cigarette with her vagina!French does not have sex and gender separate as in English so this makes it more difficult to discuss for someone thinking in French but perhaps speaking and writing in English. Don’t know if that is relevant or not for you. Do you know Bettelheim’s work with adolescents and male “womb envy” as opposed to female penis envy so popular with early Freudians.