Charlie Puth Stands Up to 'Dangerous, Toxic' Stan Culture

The singer speaks out

July 7, 2020
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Usually Charlie Puth lets his songs do the talking. However, this Sunday, in a series of tweets, the perfect pitch singer shared his unfettered thoughts on the toxic nature of stan culture between pop stars' fan bases.

"I don’t usually pay any mind to things like this, but something has to be said. This dangerous, toxic, internet screaming match between ‘fandoms’ has to stop. I’m 28 years old, so it doesn’t really mean anything to me when some person I don’t know writes a nasty message to me… saying things like 'I used BTS for clout.' I don’t know what that means- I love those guys and they are super talented.”

Fans of the K-pop boy band, aka the BTS ARMY, came for Charlie, trolling the comments of several of his videos on TikTok and accused him of trying to piggyback off the group's popularity for his own gain on Twitter. The unexplained beef in relation to BTS clearly confused the singer.

Apparently, it may stem from a radio interview Puth gave back in 2018, in which he expressed an interest in collaborating with the boy band, admiring their passionate fanbase. Later on that year he went on to performed a duet of his 2016 single "We Don't Talk Anymore" with BTS member Jungkook at the 2018 MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards.

While the beloved ARMY might be reaching, instead of retaliating with harsh words Charlie chose to take the opportunity to graciously Heisman on the bullies and teach the importance of kindness. "10 years ago, language like this directed towards me would’ve affected me deeply in a very negative way. And I’m thinking about all the other younger kids on twitter seeing stuff like this on a daily basis.” He continued, “It may sound cliche, but please be nicer to each other on here. No more screaming about made up nonsense. It does nobody any good. We all need to love each other MORE THAN EVER RIGHT NOW.”

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