In the days leading up to the big night, the internet was awash with the idea of how to get rid of an idol fan.
The idea that the show was a joke that made fun of Americans, that it was made up of idiots who thought they were better than us.
You can hear it now on a lot of blogs and podcasts, even on the show itself, but you can also find it on social media: a huge number of people are actively trying to get the public to leave an Idol fan behind.
In the weeks leading up, fans have created “I voted for an Idol” memes and “I hate you, I’m not voting for you” stickers, as well as hashtags like #ihateidol, #idolfan, #notvotingidol and #getridofidol.
In short, people are trying to spread awareness about what an idol means, and what it means to have to watch an idol show on a regular basis.
“You want to talk about it?” says Ben B. Koller, a social media strategist and entrepreneur based in New York City.
“It’s so big right now.
It’s just not talked about.”
So what’s going on?
Why is it so hard to get someone to leave?
Some of it has to do with the way the media and entertainment industries work, says Daniel A. Wessel, an associate professor at Cornell University.
For a show that has a large and loyal audience, the producers and writers are the ones that actually create the show.
“They create a whole ecosystem around this thing that is going to be an audience attraction for the show,” he says.
“And the show has to attract a certain audience.
So the producers, the networks and the studios all have to be interested in the show.”
That’s why it’s important to make sure you don’t have too much of a fan base to begin with.
“There’s not a whole lot of fans who have the power to make it seem like an idol can get rid and become an Idol replacement,” says Wessel.
“We have to make a show with an idol audience that is still loyal to the show and who is still willing to pay for it.”
There’s also the fact that the idol fandom has grown so much over the years, with more and more people becoming aware of what Idol is.
So, how can you convince someone to do something like leave an idol behind?
“There are a couple of strategies,” says Koller.
“One is to go out and get them to say, ‘I didn’t do anything wrong,'” he says, referencing a common tactic among Idol fans.
The other strategy is to use your own words, which is what fans have been doing in an effort to get people to leave the Idol fandom.
“People who are just really hardcore fans will do a lot and say things like, ‘Yeah, I voted for it.
I did a lot,'” Koller says.
And there’s a third strategy: “Just be blunt,” he advises.
“Talk to people who are actually leaving.
You don’t need to say you’ve voted for Idol.
Just say, I don’t know, what do you want to do now?
It’s not the right time.
But people will say, that’s not what I meant, and they’re not going to let you get away with that.”
In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to talk to fans, but many of these stories have been making the rounds on social networks.
“In the case of an Idol vote, the fans are not always going to come out and say, Hey, I’ve never been an Idol, but they are going to say things,” Koller explains.
“So if you’re not saying, ‘Hey, I wasn’t an Idol.
I just didn’t vote for it,'” he adds, “then you’re doing it wrong.”
There are plenty of ways to do this, Koller adds, and it can all be done anonymously.
“If you’re anonymous, it’s very easy for the media to come after you, and the media is always going, ‘He voted for you,'” he notes.
“I think the media has a tendency to get caught up in the story and not really see it as a way to get at the real problem.”
So how do you convince people that an idol is a bad thing?
Koller advises that fans do what he calls “doublespeak,” or pretending to be someone who is not a fan of the show in order to get through to people.
“Do a double-take,” he recommends.
“This is a good way to do it.”
In order to do that, it all starts with a little bit of “gotcha,” says B.
Say something like, “Oh, well, this is why I’m