But like, seriously, they used the Fedal tag. On actual, real AO website articles. On national broadcast television. There was a chick in the stands with a Fedal poster. The official ATP Insta account posted a Fedal collage ffs. Their fellow players all tweeted about #Fedal.
How did this ridiculous fandom get from smutty locker room fringe RPF to being adopted by the legitimate media and the ATP/WTA itself?
Sometimes we forget that even hockey players are human. They feel pain on and off the ice, just like us. But on days like today, we are reminded of this. We are united by this. We shouldn’t be ashamed of who we are or our struggles. We should be there for each other, help each other, lean on each other. If you or someone you know struggles with mental illness, know that we are here for you. Your favorite hockey player is here for you. We support you. Thank you to all the hockey players, organizations, fans, and family members of players who tweeted, reblogged, posted, spoke for #BellLetsTalk. Let’s not forget today’s importance tomorrow; for too many people, this is a daily battle. Stay strong. Never give up. It’ll be okay.
how society treats sports fans vs how they treat nerd fans
sports fan: i’ve been to all of this team’s games in the last year
society: wow !! you are so dedicated
nerd fan: i drove two hours to get my favourite book signed by the author
society: do you work? who has the time for that??
sports fan: the player i idolise tweeted he had oatmeal for breakfast this morning, i think i will too
society: it’s so good to see you have a positive role model!
nerd fan: i like to keep track of my favourite actors’ social medias, their lifestyle fascinates me
society: !! stalker alert !!
sports fan: this sport is gender inclusive, look at this tiny newspaper article about the womens’ sports team
society: wow this is exactly the kind of thing that makes us a superior species
nerd fan: umm quiditch has teams filled with both girls and boys, and they play on the same pitch. this applies in the real world because quidditch is technically a sport
society: lol it’s not a real sport it’s just a bunch of geeky freaks dressing up and running around on brooms how about you join the real world
sports fan: i watched a documentary on my favourite sport!
society: sports is so educational !!
nerd fan: i read a lengthy article about my idol author/artist, they’re life story is so complex and interesting
society: how about you channel that energy into doing something more worthwhile
the issue that a lot of the nerd fanbase community has with sports lies in the general attitude toward sports compared to the attitude towards “geeky” interests. we don’t have a problem with sports, we do however have a problem with society not treating our interests the same as an athlete/sports fan’s interests.