I remember I used to have a “The Misfits” shirt just because the design was cool. I had never heard of them. A guy walked up and this happened.

Guy: Wow cool shirt, you like The Misfits?
Me: …who?
Guy: Oh they’re a band, that’s their design for their merch and stuff.
Me: Oh.. Sorry I just liked the shirt, I never knew it was band merch.
Guy: Oh, no problem. They have a cool design on their merch and “The Misfits” is a cool name, right?
Me: Yeah it’s a really nice shirt, thanks for telling me it was band merch.
Guy: No problem, I’m just a fan. They’re like a hardcore rock type thing if you’re into it. Maybe you’ll look them up?
Me: Hey I might, thanks.
Guy: No problem again. Have a nice day.
Me: You too, bye.

This is how you handle someone wearing band merch and not knowing the band. You don’t yell at them and call them a poser, idiot, fake, or force them to buy CDs or download music. You should be nice and respectful and maybe even inform them about the band if they wanna know more. The members of the band you’re defending would not approve of your behavior, remember that.

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