Oh, how much do One Direction fans love One Direction?
With a fierce and burning passion that can only be sparked by the band.
Or, erm, anyone who looks a bit like they might be in the band:
New Zealand teenage girls turned out in their thousands over the weekend hoping for a glimpse of British-Irish boy band One Direction but it seems not all knew who they were screaming for.This could be a risk when you construct a band out of unthreatening bloke-types; it becomes impossible to recognise them out of context.
A radio producer wearing a beanie, dark glasses and a scarf, was mobbed when he left an Auckland hotel after interviewing the stars with young girls believing he was a member of the five-piece band.
Guy Parsons, 23, is older and taller than members of One Direction but still fooled the hysterical young girls who chased him down the street.
Interestingly, even when they had their error pointed out, some fans didn't care:
"I said 'I've got you, I'm not one of them', but they still wanted photos," Parsons told the Sunday Star-Times, adding he enjoyed his brief moment of fame.There's a lot of critical theory which would tell you that boybands just fill a hole which gives young girls something to direct their passion at; this would seem to support that.
One Direction fans: incredibly passionate; just not that fussy.