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Mega-fans, please stop it with the death threats on Twitter

September 20th, 2013

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New Zealand songstress Lorde recently celebrated a momentous moment in her young career as she surpassed Miley Cyrus for the number one spot on the US iTunes charts. This is a great, shining achievement that she earned and should feel the right to be happy about this. But knowing that she overthrew pop princess, Miley, Lorde sent out this half-joyous, half-cautious message on Twitter:

And she was absolutely correct. Here are just a few choice tweets she received from seething Miley fans furious at the singer for dethroning her:

Thankfully, Miley herself stepped in and calmed her fans down with this reply to Lorde: “@lordemusic why r people so mean??? Ps your music is awesome”

Miley fans/super fans in general, we need to have a talk. I understand that you’re really loyal and caring fans. You should’ve seen me in my Backstreet Boys days, I would’ve tackled a member of N*Sync in order to stop them from making music and overthrowing my dreamy boy band on the charts. But death threats are a whole other realm of severity. There’s no need to escalate to bodily harm, whether you mean it or not.

Your fave artist deserves to always be at the top of the charts, you tell yourself. Yes, they do deserve that top spot, but there are also a million other artists vying for that spot and your artist won’t be able to secure that top spot for life. Charts are meant to shift and change from week to week. Eventually, Miley will fall off the charts completely, but she’ll record more music and will be given the opportunity to climb the charts all over again. And you can totally root for her and celebrate when she peaks at the top. But, show some sportsmanship for the others trying to do the same and their respective fans.

There are most definitely a long list of things that are more important than threatening to stab your fave artist’s competition. Like school grades, what you’re eating tonight for dinner, where you and your friends are going to hang out this weekend, whether or not you’re running out of toilet paper at home, y’know REAL PROBLEMS WORTH FREAKING OUT OVER.

Miley wouldn’t want you to stab her competition, she’d rather beat them fair and square on their own using the power of music. You can help by buying and supporting her music. Put down the weapons and virtual threats and open up your iTunes window instead.

And if you’re ever in doubt, just listen to the wise words of Liz Lemon:

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