I guess I don’t really understand teenagers, because the pranks that the young fan bases are playing on their idols for April Fool’s Day are completely mystifying me.
First there were the Arianators, fans of Ariana Grande, who celebrated this joyous occasion by staging a fake nude photo leak all over the internet. What a…hilarious joke? I guess? I’m sure Demi Lovato and Jennette McCurdy and Vanessa Hudgens can all attest to it being a real knee-slapper, having gone through the real-life version of that themselves.
But things get even weirder over in the Belieber camp, where Justin Bieber fans flipped the script by all pretending to be Justin’s mom Pattie Mallette on Twitter. Everyone who participated set their display name to hers and changed their pictures to the same one on her official Twitter.
It’s impressive that so many people got on board, but it’s also…super weird. Especially in light of the fact that Pattie has pretty much given up on parenting Justin since his downward spiral has picked up speed, it must be weird for him for his mom to be so omnipresent all of a sudden. And for once, I can’t phrase it better than Justin himself, who wondered:
why does everyone look like my mom on twitter? lol.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 1, 2014
That’s a great question, Justin. I’m sorry that I don’t have an answer for you. I’ll have to return to my studies and delve deeper into this textbook on the teen psyche. I’ll check back in when I have more answers for you.