League of Legends' Fake Anime Pop Star Is Sad Tweeting About Genocide

One of the things that makes pop stars so beloved by their fanbases is the parasocial relationship they share. An object of fandom presents a persona, one that is relatable, aspirational, or sometimes both; fans respond in turn with not just adoration, but the kind of love that only comes from believing that the pop star is speaking directly to them. It's an intoxicating mix—and one that Riot Games is deliberately encouraging with their bizarre new character:  virtual pop singer, Seraphine.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/dy8g87/league-of-legends-fake-anime-pop-star-is-sad-tweeting-about-genocide