Any ‘00s kid who grew up watching the Disney Channel would be well-acquainted with the bubblegum pop sound of the Jonas Brothers. The band eventually grew out of their kid-friendly image and parted ways to pursue their own musical projects, and middle brother Joe is bringing his sounds to Kuala Lumpur this August, this time as the frontman of funk-pop quartet DNCE. We thought it would be a perfect time to compile a list of reasons why Joe is the best Jonas Brother (not like you needed anymore convincing).
1. His teenage heartthrob moments from Camp Rock
While Joe’s flatiron hair, nasally teenage voice, and insolent diva attitude as Shane Gray would be a complete cringefest today, the combination was a sure-fire winner in 2008, winning the hearts of Disney-obsessed adolescents all over.
2. He’s an LGBT ally
Joe has zero qualms about voicing his support for the LGBT community. In an interview with PrideSource’s Chris Azzopardi, he said, “A lot of guys come out to the shows ― some gay guys as well ― and I love that. They rock out; they have fun. And I feel like the music is helping people express themselves in a way. I’m seeing people with glitter on their face, with the brightest colours. I love that we can encourage people to be themselves.”
To top it all off, he’s even using his position to encourage other straight men to take a stand in showing their support for the queer community. “I hope now we can encourage other straight guys to have a voice [when it comes to supporting LGBT people] as well. I care too much about my friends who are gay and fans who are gay to be quiet about it.”
3. He dances to Queen Bey
#forthefans. We’re awarding him bonus points for dressing the part too.
4. He’s a meme king
Long before Vine rose to popularity, the Jonas Brothers were already creating memes worthy of endless replays. Nick and Kevin play supporting roles in the video, but Joe is clearly the star of this forgotten gem.
5. He has zero chill
In his Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), Joe had absolutely no reservations about throwing his brother Nick under the bus in response to a fan’s innocent enquiry on the thread…
6. He makes a pretty hot Lyft driver
From sharing career breakup stories to jamming out to DNCE tunes, Joe’s ride is definitely the hottest party in town on four wheels.
7. He’s an ardent activist
Joe is no stranger to lending his stardom to a worthy cause. In 2015, the DNCE frontman attended We Day California, an event gathering young people aged 12 to 18 and encouraging them to give back in all forms, from raising awareness about climate change to heading literacy programmes at schools.
“I’ve just been thrilled to support,” he told MTV. “It feels good for me to be able to raise my voice and encourage young people to raise money for charity and help others.”
He’s been participating in We Day since 2012, and we expect he’ll continue giving back to the community when he’s not busy rocking out onstage.
8. He gets better with age
Joe has gone from teenage-girl’s-bedroom-poster material to high-fashion editorial model within the span of the past decade. Like a fine wine, we can only expect him to get more swoon-worthy as the years go by.
… to this!
9. He’s not afraid to talk about mental health
In his Reddit AMA, the 27-year-old opened up about his struggles with mental health after the breakup of the Jonas Brothers. “I was seeing a therapist and I wasn’t on speaking terms with my brothers,” Joe said. “At first, it was really shocking to me because it was kind of all I had known was the Jonas Brothers, forever. So, I was pretty mad and confused because, I was like, I’ve been putting so much time and effort into this for so long and now I just have to stop and figure out what’s next.”
Joe has also been a steadfast supporter of his fellow ex-Disney label-mate Demi Lovato, who used her experience with bipolar disorder and drug addiction to bring awareness to mental health amongst her fans. The Lovato Scholarship Benefit was a mental health fundraiser that saw artistes such as Christina Perri, Bea Miller, and of course Joe Jonas lending their support to raise funds for mental health programmes directed towards the less fortunate.
10. His awkward turtle role on Funny or Die
Caught in the middle of a marriage proposal gone wrong, Joe’s Funny or Die debut sees our favourite JoBro doing his awkward best to rectify a rather sticky situation. Watch the whole video below:
Listen to DNCE on Spotify here. While you’re at it, make sure to catch them when they come down to KL this August!
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