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If a character in a show, who is an actor (or Idol Singer), gets cast in his favorite show In Universe, is that Ascended or Promoted?
How the hell did we go from having "fans" to having "fanboys" (or "fangirls", in certain cases)? Geek culure never had this problem with sexism in the 70s and 80s, so just what the hell happened?!!
... how is that sexist?
The reason fanboy/girl came into parlance is because it's distinct from just being a fan. Plenty of people watch Sherlock without becoming a fanboy. But Fanboys has a distinct implication that someone has a childlike fascination or obsession with something. As you said yourself, "fangirl" is just as much of a term. The gender part of the name isn't important as the diminutive part of it.
"Some fans are a cut above the regular otaku. "
Can we just say "fanboy?" I know its hard for some of you to believe but we don't all speak Japanese on this english language wiki and we're not all anime or manga fans here.
And I don't want to hear an argument about how the Japanese version of the word has some nuance to it that just can't be done justice in english. And if otaku is actually Korean or Chinese or bastardized Japanese, I really don't care. It would just reinforce my point anyway.
The example of David Tennant isn't an Ascended Fanboy, it's a Promoted Fanboy.
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