It is common knowledge to anyone who’s ever known me that I am a Backstreet Boys “enthusiast,” to put it mildly. I’ve traveled this great country and beyond going to their various events, making great friends along the way. One of these great friends is this little spitfire we’ll call MJ. She’s a pint sized dynamo- smart, educated, driven, witty, and a fellow Backstreet Boys fanatic. We met on the 2011 Backstreet Boys Cruise and immediately formed this indescribable bond; we saved each other from the lackluster that was the cruise experience, and we continue to talk, email, and text on almost a daily basis. It’s like I’ve known MJ my entire life! I really love and treasure our friendship.
Over the past couple of months, with more and more Backstreet Boys related events happening and on the horizon, we’ve had many discussions about the inflated price to get a “piece of the action.” It’s getting really out of hand, especially for those of us who’ve had to combat the recession and have families to support.
This morning was the Backstreet Boys “comeback” performance on Good Morning America; all five band members reunited, singing our old favorites and announcing their new album and plans for a 2013 cruise. Most of our “fangirl” friends are overjoyed by the news, and they’ll be there, just like they were physically there this morning (and not just watching from home), there at Mix Tape Fest, and at all of the other events they’ve had. My close friends all have the same consensus about Backstreet Boys Cruise 3.0, but MJ had an especially strong reaction. She’s been wanting to write this post for Pop Culture and Caffeine for a while, so here it is. She’ll always be a fan, but she’s done being a fool.
Cruise fee: $2,000
Flight to Florida: $600
Cab to dock: $40
Drinks on cruise: $250
Nick Carter VIP: $150
Hotel for Nick Carter Concert: $237
Mix Tape Side A: $750
Mix Tape Side B: $500
Mix Tape Hotel: $637
Flight for Mix Tape: $300
BSB Takes New York Sneak Peak: $200
“Bronze” Access for New York: $100
Cruise 2013 fee: $2,000 AT A MINIMUM, for a trip that is a day less than last time
Dear Backstreet World,
$8,014 in less than a year that BSB has charged for access to their events (and this is on the low end). How delusional have we become? In what economic time do we all think we live in to think that, in any way shape or form, this is a worthy way to spend our money?
This is NOT the 90’s and we are all not rolling in cash. We live in apartments and can barely make rent or are married with children. So why, oh why, do we continue to let this band contribute to how freaking broke we are?
Do they not ALREADY have MILLIONS? Why do the fans have to pay $500 bucks or more to be VIP for a day just to get close and have a 2.2 second interaction with guys who claim that they love their fans when, in reality, they see us all as dollar signs? These guys must literally laugh their freaking ways all the way to the bank before they stop at their mansion in California where they have six Rolex watches encrusted with diamonds.
Before we all go and defend how much they love their fans, please consider this: If they didn’t see us all as a huge pay day, then why do they charge so freaking much? Do they not know that we are in a recession? Or do they know and just not care, because they know that they have dedicated fans who will do anything for them?
Yes, oh yes, BSB fans. I DID just go there. The answer is that they have fans who will spend every last penny they have to get close to them and until fans put their foot down and say NO this is BEYOND RIDICULOUS, those prices will continue to get higher and higher.
So when is enough, enough? What happened to the band who put a cap on the prices for their Millennium concert to keep it reasonable for their fans? Where did those guys go and who are these guys who will literally milk their fans for everything down to being in the same freaking room as them?
I have found myself becoming less and less of a fan because of this. I didn’t even attend half of these events and I am still abhorred by the numbers and the fact that fans have actually spent this much. I find myself laughing at the way I used to be and the amount of money I used to spend on this band. No wonder we get made fun of so much, we bring it upon ourselves.
Don’t get me wrong, if the opportunity presented itself to actually interact with them for a reasonable price, I would jump on it. I am and always will be a big fan.
But at some point, enough is freaking enough. $200 freaking dollars to be able to take a picture with them and 9 OTHER PEOPLE? A Q&A session where the same questions get asked and yield the same freaking answers? I am sorry, but I am a big girl now, I have my big girl panties on too, and I can think of a MILLION OTHER BETTER WAYS to spend my money that do not leave me wondering how I will put food on the table tomorrow.
So, BSB, peace out. Unless you start actually thinking about your fans, I am DONE giving in to your ridiculous prices and overrated events. Go find someone else to take advantage of, because this fan has had more than she can take.