Mariah Carey recently tweeted a photo of herself without makeup, and she actually looks pretty amazing (money will do that for you). However, the strangest thing about the pic wasn’t that the diva was willing to strip off her slap (she already did that in the movie “Precious”). What was really surprising was what the singer calls her fans. She refers to them as her “lambs” or her “lambily.”
Now lambs are pretty darn cute, that’s for sure, but calling fans “lambs” isn’t exactly flattering. It’s an insult to refer to people as sheep or “sheeple” since it means that they mindlessly follow someone, so shouldn’t it be worse to be called a lamb? Lambs are weaker and less intelligent than their elders, after all.
However, Mariah Carey isn’t the only star who calls her fans something questionable. Here’s a look at a few other odd names for the celeb-obsessed as well as some fan base titles that actually aren’t so bad:
The Beyhive – So Beyonce’s dedicated fans are apparently all worker drones whose sole purpose is to make sure that she’s protected, well-fed, and popping out babies. Bees will die protecting their queen’s castle, and the queen bee is extra-special because she gets to live off of royal jelly. Bees are interesting insects and all, but it’s just a tad disturbing that “Queen Bey” refers to her fans as a swarm of underlings. But, then again, the queen bee wouldn’t be able to survive without her hive.
Lovatics – This is what the fans of former Disney star Demi Lovato call themselves. It’s obviously a play on the word “lunatic.”
Selenators – The fans of Selena Gomez have this menacing name, which makes them sound like a group of sinister cyborgs (think “Terminator”).
Dolls – Kim Kardashian and her fellow fashion-obsessed female family members have dubbed their loyal followers “dolls,” which brings to mind a bunch of lifeless, unblinking playthings whose sole purpose in life is to get dressed up in different outfits.
Barbz (short for Barbies) – Nicki Minaj has also named her fan base after playthings, and she seems to find Barbie’s world of pink plastic rather fantastic since one of her many alter-egos is a character named Harajuku Barbie.
Swifties – Taylor Swift fans call themselves this, which sounds like a slang name for some kind of sexual favor.
Animals – This is what Ke$ha affectionately calls her fans, but she’s the one who acts like the Muppets’ resident wild child named Animal.
Rushers – This has nothing to do with frat boys — it’s what Big Time Rush fans call themselves.
Directioners – There’s nothing too strange about the name that One Direction fans have given themselves, but don’t you dare call a “real” fan a Directionator — the “ator” suffix is good enough for Selena Gomez fans, but in the world of 1D fandom, being called a Directionator is an insult that means that you’re pretending to know all about the band. For example: a true Directioner would know what the deal with Harry Styles and cats is; why Louis Tomlinson always gets carrots thrown at him; and why “‘No!’ Jimmy protested” is one of the most hilarious things you can ever say.
Team Breezy – Chris Brown doesn’t come off as being an easy, breezy kind of guy, but this is the chosen title of his fan club.
Rihanna Navy – The legion of fans that worship Breezy’s girlfriend have actually given themselves a more violent-sounding title, probably because they’re prepared to fight their princess’ battles on Twitter.
Cumberbitches – This one is actually pretty great. It’s what fans of “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch call themselves (that guy seriously has the best name ever).
Stans – Eminem admirers are called this in honor of his disturbing song about an obsessive fan named Stan .
Katy Cats – Katy Perry chose a great name for her fan base — who doesn’t love cute kitty cats?
Little Monsters – Lady Gaga affectionately calls her followers this, probably because she and so many of her fans feel like freakish misfits who would be considered “monsters” by normal muggles.
Beliebers – And then there’s this name that almost has religious undertones. Justin Bieber’s fiercely-loyal devotees seem to “beliebe” that the pop star can do no wrong, but it’s starting to look like they’re wrong about that.
So which fan base names are you a fan of, and which of them absolutely annoy the crap out of you?