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Why do people pretend to faint when they are excited/upset?

Old 02-16-05, 07:39 PM
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Why do people pretend to faint when they are excited/upset?

Something struck my wife and I a few weeks ago while watching American Idol. I've never seen it in person, but on the show, at times when a person either advanced or was told to leave, his mom would pretend to fall on the ground like she was fainting.


I couldn't help but think "what the fuck are they doing?" each time I saw it, but I got to thinking -- is this just kind of something people do nowadays or what?


P.S. Not to add any unnecessary racial overtones to this, but I'd say about 8 out of 10 were black contestants' mothers. Hate me if you want - it's a valid observation.
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Drama queens.

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I guess you missed it when Ryan Seacrest touched their forehead and said "YOU ARE HEALED!"
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People of weak dispositions have been known to faint in a state of great excitement or agitation. I can't attest to the people on American Idol, though.
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I could've chalked up to "actual fainting" as well until I saw about 10 people do it --- then I just figured it was a bunch of drama queens, as BwG stated.

I was more annoyed by them than the actual "singers".

Dodgincars - yes, I must've missed that one; it certainly didn't happen everytime since most of the time, he's not in the waiting room with the families.

And now I'll go kill myself for knowing too much about this fucking show.
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Originally Posted by Suprmallet
People of weak dispositions have been known to faint in a state of great excitement or agitation. I can't attest to the people on American Idol, though.
You know, that women never really faint and that villains always blink their eyes...


I'm guessing that most who "faint" on American Idol do so because the cameras are on them. Play it up and you might get on the show just for that.
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And children are the only ones to blush.


Once upon a time, people really did faint from excitement. Their corsets were tied way too tight, and they could barely breathe. When excitement or exertion made them try to breathe harder, they couldn't. As a result, they fainted. It became a useful social tool, fainting when you didn't want to deal with a situation. Most upper class houses had a fainting couch.

Corsets are long gone, but people still faint as a social tool.
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Yeah I heard that corsetted-women invented "the faint"...
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Treesa (when she was younger) used to faint from exhaustion at the dances I DJ-ed.

She'd literally dance until she dropped!

She be groovin' & moovin' for like an hour straight, and that's about the time when she'd pass out, right there on the dance floor!

I'd stop the music and they'd turn on the lights and people would all gather around her as she just layed there on the floor, motionless, and someone would gently cradle her neck & hold her head up, while someone else would fan her, and still others would be screaming, "GET BACK!!! GET BACK!!! GIVE HER SOME AIR!!!"

(She later admitted to me (in private) that it was all an act for attention and drama.)

FOR SHAME, SHAME, SHAME, TREESA!!!

I got a real deal when I married her:

Drama & Dancing Queen all in one!

I suppose it just "runs in the family..."

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THE THEEK FAMILY OF DRAMA QUEENS, INC.

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I have no idea what to make of your post.
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I just yell "GET OUT!!!!!" and shove the person I'm talking to. normally, they are the ones to fall on the ground.
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It is a peculiar phenomenon that older black women are particularly susceptible to. It goes for grieving as well....
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The Internet equivalent of this is typing:

Originally Posted by Internet Person
OMG!!!!!!!!!!1!!!1!!!!111!ONE!!1
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Originally Posted by brizz
It is a peculiar phenomenon that older black women are particularly susceptible to. It goes for grieving as well....
brizz is right! (As usual...well, most of the time, anyway... )

I was taught as a small child in the South that some sheep actually learn how to faint from watching older black women.
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Has no one ever heard of being overcome by a case of the vapors? Why I do declare!
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"Why I do declare!"???

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