The boy band, One Direction has thrown teen girls for a loop as they announced one of their members, Zayn Malik was leaving the group. Seriously, these fans went crazy…
While most teen girls were drowning in their own tears, one girl decided to save the boys of One Direction. New Yorker teen, Katie has started a GoFundMe campaign to buy the boy band. The 16 year old started the fundraiser as a joke, but once one of the most popular band members left, she realized something needed to be done.
Katie, along with thousands of One Direction fans, believe that the group’s management does not treat the band members well. With a little research, Katie discovered that with enough money she could buyout the group’s contract through a rumored buyout clause.
The avid One Direction fan shared that she originally started the campaign as a joke, but saw its potential after another fan tweeted about how she could really save the boys. To Katie, she just thinks the bandmates are good people who deserve to be treated fairly.
“They are full of life and energy and they’re always positive,” Katie said. “I’ve never met them, but they seem so down to earth and not stuck-up. Plus, they’re amazing singers.”
Katie isn’t the first person to have the idea to buy the band. Many fans have dreamt of the endeavor since the band first became popular.
— ☽ (@paintingofblue) June 13, 2013
Actually, the movement has created the social media trend, #BuyOneDirection. Many are tweeting their support.
— iroc (@nopenoti) March 26, 2015
Liam: "I guess what I'm really trying to say is it's far from over
— Ruthyxx (@pop_ruth) March 26, 2015
— dalena (@azarethdalena) March 27, 2015
Other fandoms: Save money for concerts.
One Direction Fandom: SAVES MONEY TO BUY THE BAND pic.twitter.com/iBVqS1wlH0
— ☾ (@downeyrth_lover) March 26, 2015
Despite the positive feedback, Katie has a long way to reach her $87.8 million goal. The campaign has currently raised a little less than $2,000.
If the goal is not met, the money will not go to waste. It will be donated to a charity or cause that the One Direction boys have shown support for, such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, National Eating Disorders Association, and Comic Relief.
The real question is, could a large group of teenage fans really buy One Direction?
BBC economics expert Robert Peston shared his expert opinion, “You would have to know how long the contract is. Then you would have to estimate how much he would expect to make after expenses for the life of the contract. Then you would have to reduce that amount by what you expect the rate of inflation to be during the life of the contract.”
But some fans are just keeping it real.