#StanLoona: A Hashtag That’s Been Around Since Loona’s Official Debut
Since Loona debuted as a sub-group, the hashtag #StanLoona has become one of the most phenomenal hashtags in the K-pop world. Its fandom has been overgrown, and the invitation to stan Loona is getting more intense each day. However, in these recent days, some people have been trying to put the hashtag into their random posts, and most of them they’re not related at all to the main subject, Loona.
Since there are so many unrelated posts containing #StanLoona, many people are confused about the actual meaning of the hashtag. So, are you one of those confused people? In this article, Channel-K will reveal anything you need to know about #StanLoona, including its meaning and its usage on online media.
The Meaning of the Phrase “Stan Loona”
The phrase “Stan Loona” consists of two words: “Stan” and the group’s name “Loona”. “Stan” is a verb meaning to be a fan of something or someone. So, “Stan Loona” is a phrase to ask other people to be a fan of Loona and join its fandom called Orbit. That said, those who have stanned Loona can be called as Orbits.
The Usage of the Phrase “Stan Loona”
The phrase “Stan Loona” has been used since September 2016, when the members were still in their pre-debut era. According to the meaning, we can surely know that the phrase “Stan Loona” and its hashtag are typically used in social media posts about Loona, especially about the group’s achievements, musical quality, and packed choreographies. Orbits also use #StanLoona to promote Loona’s albums and songs. They also persuade people to enjoy Loona’s works and become new Orbits.
— OrbitLoot (@OrbitLoot) August 8, 2022
However, as previously written, many Loona-unrelated posts have #StanLoona embedded in them. This trend has existed since August 2018, when there were many people started to promote Loona anywhere, anytime, even without Loona as a primary subject of discussion. Usually, viral discussions have become one of the most popular platforms for Orbits to tag #StanLoona and embed its music videos randomly. This trend became too popular once, especially on Twitter. Many Twitterians even revealed their frustrations with the trend, as their homepage was all suddenly filled with #StanLoona posts.
Even though the hashtag’s appearance was quite random, there are some patterns that the hashtag was usually embedded. LGBTQ people often use the hashtag to show their LGBTQ pride. This was not a coincidence because many Loona’s members have supported LGBTQ people directly and implicitly. Chuu’s Heart Attack’s MV has many LGBTQ undertones, and Kim Lip brought an LGBTQ pride flag to promote her single Eclipse.
Kim Chi, an American LGBT drag queen who is also an Orbit, constantly tells her followers to listen to Loona. These signs make many LGBTQ people become Orbits and keep promoting Loona altogether with their pride.
Good afternoon stan Loona pic.twitter.com/xLI7ETnFJj
— Kim Chi (@KimChi_Chic) February 1, 2018
we love flawless taste! pic.twitter.com/TVPpQxseWT
— ben MOVED ACC CHECK 📌 (@onlyjiwons) February 1, 2018
STAN TALENT, GOOD SONGS, AMAZING CHOREOS AND BEAUTIFUL MUSIC VIDEOS, STAN LOONA
— cali (@jhangelx) February 1, 2018
#StanLoona is also randomly used in political tweets, especially tweets about the USA’s political situations. In a USA’s Former President Donald J. Trump’s post about meeting with Israelis Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, an Orbit suddenly asked the former president to stan Loona. Also, a USA-based cartoonist and comic artist, Adam Ellis, once asked his readers to register for the US state election and stan Loona as well.
An Orbit also compared Kim Lip’s single Eclipse with USA national anthem. He/she believed that the single is much better than the anthem. He/she also said that even USA’s Former President Barack Hussein Obama II has Eclipse as his ringtone.