David has hordes of adoring female fans the world over. No matter where he goes they swarm all over him like bees to honey. While the female component of his fan base is unmistakable and a force to be reckoned with, such is not the case with the boys. It seems rather uncool for any self-respecting, red-blooded male to admit to being a fan of David Archuleta. I get strange stares and snarky remarks when I tell my friends that I’m a fan of David’s. I might as well have horns on my head, scales on my back and a tail dangling between my legs for all the incredulity that is displayed when I mention his name.
I suppose it’s these sorts of reaction that, perhaps, forces male fans to go ‘underground’ and express their admiration for David in hushed tones and quiet corners. Finding these males are like the proverbial needle in a haystack; very rare and invariably restrained in their expressions.
Thus it was an extremely delightful moment to find out at the ticket launch that, in Malaysia at least, David has quite a few unabashedly and extremely supportive fans of the male variety. I give you people’s exhibit A:
These merry band of gentlemen turned up at Berjaya Times Square with heads held high and made a bee line for the ticket counter not in the least worried about being thought of as uncool in a sea of female fans.
Jonathan and Yoashio needs no introduction to those of us who know them. They are the original Archiekins and are among David’s biggest fans. They have bought all his CDs, made the requests to the radio stations and taken part in all David related events.
Han Yang, Eng Leong and the gentleman to the extreme right of the photo is rather new to us but nevertheless no less committed in their support of David than your every day female fan.
That leaves Sam for last but by no means least as I do have a soft spot for him because he looks remarkably like David ( well an Asian version perhaps ) in his Sunday best of a black suit & tie with white shirt. In fact he had just attended Sunday church and immediately made his way to the ticket launch. With a pronounced American accent he introduced himself to us declaring in a soft, shy voice that he was there to buy a ticket to David’s show.
Best of all he was the only male winner of the coveted Meet & Greet passes which he nearly missed out on as he had disappeared for a quick bite somewhere in the mall. So when his name was pulled out of the lucky draw box we frantically called him on the phone and it was a sight to behold with his black tie flapping in the air, he practically flew across the concourse to claim his prize.
No tribute to fans is complete without including the girls. They are truly the dynamos of the David Archuleta fan base engine. They come in all shapes and sizes but there’s no mistaking their brand of devotion. Maybe I’m biased because I’m a fan myself but it would seem to me that the passion that David’s female fans have for him is decidedly more heartfelt, more timeless and enduring. Such is the case for Irda.
Irda is possibly the most ardent and energetic of all David’s fans put together. The devotion that she has for David is truly a force of nature – and that’s putting it mildly! If all the passion that she feels for David can be converted into electrical energy, it would be able to light up the whole of Stadium Negara with a few kilowatts to spare. All those screaming girls that we often see on videos does not even come near to the ardor that Irda has for David. Irda, you are precious and all the kakaks, aunties and uncles at AAM love you! 🙂
But Irda and the rest of the girls are not your garden variety suicidal, hair-tearing, wailing type of fans because you sense in them an intelligence and stability brought in no small measure by strong parental support and devotion.
Ultimately, though, it is the collective force of the entire fan base in Malaysia that has made this moment possible for all of us. The hundreds of emails and thousands of phone calls has finally wore down Sony Malaysia’s resistance resulting in for us fans of David Archuleta a very special moment indeed.
A toast to all of you!