Helena Dare-Louise is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of East Anglia researching tween TV, girl culture, & online fandom.
On these episodes:
On Episode 22 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge explore the popular conspiracy theory known as Larry Stylinson, which suggests that Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles from One Direction are in a romantic relationship, forced in the closet by their management. We talk to Helena Dare-Edwards, who recently received her Ph.D. in Media Studies and has written extensively about Larry and One Direction, Caitlin Foster who co-hosts the Talk Direction podcast, Jessica Leski, a documentary film-maker working on a film called I Used To Be Norma: A Boyband Fangirl Story”, and MaryClare, whose tumblr Louis and the Alien has a post exploring the mysterious gay teddy bear mascots of One Direction. Scott and Kurt also talk about the sensitive subject of questioning the validity of Louis’s recently born son.
On Episode 15 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by fandom scholars Helena Dare-Edwards and Dr. Mark Duffett to discuss pop fandom, fan screaming, and the power of fan armies. The group then turns their attention to Justin Bieber’s come-back single, “What Do You Mean?”