Celebrity: The Return of the Repressed in Fan Studies?

Authored by: Mark Duffett

The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409455622
eBook ISBN: 9781315612959
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043485


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It wasn’t very pleasant but I was absolutely stuck where I was and I couldn’t move. I had to keep watching him. I was in a really good seat right at the front and I’d gone with another girl who was a Bowie fanatic and she was crying. Then she passed out and the St John Ambulance men had to take her away. She was in a state of hypnotism almost, just gone. There was hysteria, particularly on the left-hand aisle because people were going wild when he reached down to the audience. They were crying and screaming. They’d try and touch him. And he’d tease them terribly. He was a right provocative little sod. … And I suppose we were such gullible people we allowed him to do that. Julie (in Vermorel 2011: 105).

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