I agree bromanceshmomance is creepy, but do you think there's a way to be a fan of a young actor/singer or whatever when you yourself are older, think they're really talented, and want to follow what they do, (Not travel half way across the world to see them in a play of course) just because you genuinely enjoy their work, and want to see what they'll do next? I just want to be respectful, and the last thing I want is to creep anyone out or make them feel uncomfortable.
I think in general you can be a fan of someone no matter their age. But tinhats don’t tend to be in fandoms for these people themselves, they’re in it for the story they have and for the fantasies about these people that they engage in. So already when that’s centered around 16/17 year old boys being “cocksluts” and “balls deep” etc it’s a bit…?
For me the thing that’s really strange here is going from one fandom of being obsessed with teenage boys in a capacity that is inherently sexual/romantic the way tinhatting is, to going right into another one.
There are literally dozens and dozens of attractive white men in their twenties and older who are either openly gay or have played gay characters in movies/TV shows. So it’s not even those aspects that they’re finding appealing.
Instead to focus to on just those who are 16/17 and they involves some secret revelation about their sexuality… it makes me really uncomfortable.