Brittany Broski, a social media influencer, shot to fame in August 2019 after posting a video in which she tried kombucha for the first time. She moved to Los Angeles with her friend and fellow social media personality Sarah Schauer shortly after she achieved viral fame. There, the two of them began a career on YouTube together.
Despite the fact that Brittany is best known for her comedic talents, she is also well-known for being an enormous fan of the musician Harry Styles, whom she actually got the chance to meet in May of 2022. However, in recent times, a number of his followers have begun to oppose her. What exactly is the controversy surrounding Brittany Broski and Spotify Wrapped?
What exactly is the source of the debate regarding Brittany Broski’s Spotify Wrapped?
When Brittany posted her annual Spotify Wrapped list to her Instagram story on December 1st, fans of Harry Styles were furious because she did not include him in her “Top 5” most listened-to artists of the year list. As a consequence of this, she was subjected to an unprecedented level of vitriol, with users of social media calling her a “clout chaser” and a “fake fan,” amongst other derogatory terms, respectively.
In an enlightening video that was uploaded to TikTok on December 3, 2022, the user known as @hannahzookpop breaks down the controversy that has been going on. In the video, she explains how Brittany was able to capitalize on going viral through her kombucha meme, which is something that not a lot of people can do, despite the fact that a lot of people go viral every year. Hannah continues by stating that “being a fangirl” has become an integral part of Brittany’s brand.
On the other hand, Hannah asserts, “In comes the toxicity, which is never being able to live up to like,’stans standards,’ there will always be stans that are ‘better stans than you,’ or ‘loves them more,’ that’s just the reality.”
She continues by saying, “Because Brittany Broski does not have Harry Styles in her Spotify Wrapped, people are really upset with her […] and saying that she’s kind of capitalizing off of the popularity of Harry but not really following through or being ‘big enough’ of a stan and she got to meet him.”
Hannah concludes, “Bear in mind that Brittany has never hidden the fact that she is a fan of a wide variety of musicians; in other words, she is a die-hard supporter of many different artists. Therefore, when stripped down to its essentials, [the controversy surrounding her Spotify Wrapped] is absurd.”
The musician Eminem is credited with coining the term “stan” in the year 2000, when he collaborated with Dido on the song “Stan.” The words “stalker” and “fan” were combined to create this word. “Stan” was added to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary in 2019, according to Rolling Stone, and means “an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan” as a noun and “to exhibit fandom to an extreme excessive degree” as a verb.
In recent years, the term “stans” or “stan culture” has come to be used to refer to hostile fans who develop parasocial relationships with their favorite celebrities. These “stans” frequently engage in hostile behavior in the name of “defending” their celebrity or demonstrating their “dedication” to the individual. People who show less devotion to their favorite celebrities by engaging in activities other than worshipping them are frequently referred to as “fake fans” or “clout chasers”
Because data is only collected during certain times of the year by Spotify, it is difficult to determine whether or not a user’s Spotify Wrapped accurately reflects the full scope of their preferred musical artists. In 2023, it’s possible that the data collection timeline will require all of us to pay more attention to it.