It occurred to us yesterday that we might have sparked some controversy when we referred to 5 Seconds of Summer as a "boyband".
Never one to miss out on a learning experience, we decided to do some field research and try to get to the bottom of whether or not 5SOS are a boy band or just a band of boys. Twitter is a pretty good arbiter of public sentiment so we took it there.
As it turns out, people have a lot of feelings about whether they're a boy band.
People need to sort out there priorities and realise that 5sos are far from being a boyband— 5SOS TUMBLR POSTS (@jetaimemgc) May 22, 2015
For the last time, 5sos are not a boyband, they are a boy band. The difference is enormous.— 5SOS Updates (@Fivesosonline) May 16, 2015
5sos aren't a boyband and if you want to be sure about it go to a concert and then tell me something you ignorant people— megs (@calpalouis) May 8, 2015
A decent amount of people are ready to wage war against anyone who refers to 5SOS as a "boyband". This is understandable because the fandom is fragile following the band's recent logo debacle.
Some people are majorly convinced that they are a "boyband".
Also imo a girl group is literally a group of girls and a boy band is a group of boys so Cimorelli are a girl group and 5sos are a boy band— Louise (@L_ou_ise) May 17, 2015
5sos is a boyband , Fight me— Andrea (@Andreaa_Fabiano) April 21, 2015
Maybe it has something to do with instruments?
There's a difference between a boyband and a boy band. Calling 5SOS as boy band is correct, the other one is not since they play instruments— ㅤ (@TANGINACAKE) May 16, 2015
Now, I want you to listen to me very closely, the jonas brothers played their own instruments, they are a boyband. Is 5sos a boyband? Yes.— naømi (@sorryimscary) May 18, 2015
Basically, we still have no idea whether or not they're a boyband. You tell us.
Keep in mind that this is the definitive vote on whether this group of people are a "band" or a "boyband". Vote on this or forever hold your peace.