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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Judging a Book by the Cover: Is the Sky Falling?

As I continue along my trail sniffing out the news that grooves the Soul Patrol and Taylor Hicks' fans blogs I rechecked some of the sites I viewed the other day and found my little blog a subject of conversation at The Caroline Lyders Fan Club. Poster, 'henry8' in attempting to bring up the idea and discuss the concept of what I tried to communicate on my Sunday Soul Sermon, brought up my blogspot.(thank you kind person).

'henry8' obviously understood my thoughts on the condition of the whole fan base division. Sadly, poster 'Jeanni', who immediately brought up the fact that I post on MFOYA had no clue what 'henry8' was trying to say, nor did she want to hear. Humorously a small inquisition set in with 'henry8' seemingly scrutinized like some sort of Russian spy, prompting 'henry8''s reply,

I’m everywhere? Where else am I?
What on earth are you talking about. I never said anyone was making fun of Taylor. And I didn’t know for sure that the author of the blog I mentioned posted at MFOYA. I just saw the blog in google alerts and thought it was good. I am sorry I mentioned it now. She didn’t say anyone was making fun of Taylor either. What I said was that Taylors fans behaving like idiots can possibly IMO make people laugh at him .

One thing I found funny, that poster, 'Jeanni', is a gal who of late has been heralding her massive, mad investigative talents; yet she didn't take a moment to read the link before she spoke. Rather, she lashed out at visiting guest 'henry8' and tied my blog in with MFOYA. Perhaps I'm being cruel, but I do think folks like this quite possibly the inspiration behind the children's tale, "Chicken Little".

Being a fan in my world doesn't mean sitting there like a Henny Penny following the hapless nut-smacked Chicken Little to the Fox's lair. Perhaps my being a Libra, plus having studied law in college, created within me the need to look what's going on around me, and question that which might smack me in the head. I will make no bones about it, I enjoy the MFOYA site, but do I believe anything and everything I read there - or for that matter anywhere? No, that would mean becoming Henny Penny.

Playing Devil's Advocate, I don't understand the bad rap being hung around MFOYA's neck. I visit a large number of Hicks' sites, and consistently read MFOYA referred as "That Hate Site". I don't see 'hate'. I see snark sometimes, speculation often, debates always, and sometimes crazily marked up photos, but I have never read MFOYA cop anything negative about the man regarding his talent. Granted perhaps MFOYA has taken the whole topic of "the woman in the pictures", identity question a bit to the left but that's their call, it's their site. I find it far more damning for fans to sit and fight with each other and name call over issues that none truly know completely. It's one thing to debate issues but to take it internally to the point you direct attacks at others by your disagreements over a singer/actor/public figure, whom you really don't know, well, that's just... nuts. Remember,
we can never be too sure who really is Foxy-woxy.


  1. Anonymous2:50 PM

    Great post!! I've been reading MFOYA from the beginning and I also don 't see anything "hate" about it. I find it hilarious and refreshing. MFOYA is pointing out that Hicks has been dishonest with his fans and that the Caroline Lyders romance was fake and she's not the chick on the beach. Based on those photos, I agree. I don't believe everything MFOYA says, I believe with what makes sense to me. And that makes sense to me. Whatever. That's not the same woman. But getting called out on lies is generally a risk you take when you lie. Obviously if mfoya was spreading false rumors then the site could be considered a bashing blog, but the fact is that they are not. I have never witnessed MFOYA bash Taylor's talent or even his person. They simply vehemently disagree with the lying and what they call "the sham." i'm not sure exactly who MFOYA Is or how they have this information but I am assuming they are not just a regular old fan. Because frankly, they know too much information and would have too much to risk to just create an outting blog based on things they are not certain of. I am not sure what the personal/business investment is but I think it's fair to say its personal or business. It's something.

    Then we have these posters like Jeanni who are fans. That's it. They have no personal association to Hicks or any of the players yet they go around losing their minds, slandering and speaking with certainty about subjects they are absolutely not privy to. Such as accusing MFOYA of being Aaron Ruffcorn which is ABSURD. And then not even being able to hear someone like Henry8 because they are too obsessed with their own misguided beliefs. Who are these fans anyway? Fans are not going to save the world or save Taylor Hicks or solve this crime. Its about time they remembered what they were. Fans.

  2. Thanks for your addition to the blog. You are right, fans aren't going to save the world or Hicks. Being someone's fan and following their work is normal and enjoyable. It's the bunch of folks that rally forth with declarations intending to 'save and protect' a situation they know nothing about that's nutty.

    Taylor's a big boy, he can and should stand up for himself, if need be.

  3. Anonymous6:29 PM

    i don't get this...why do you all still care? if you don't like taylor, just leave him alone..don't go posting crap about him and expect to be looked upon as smart...the MFOYA site is completely fiction, and it's slightly disturbing what some people have come up with.
    why doesn't everybody just get a life, get over it, and grow up!

  4. Who are you addressing Genius? The MFOYA site is a debate site that discusses Taylor in a way the other sites won't touch.

    This reminds me of the Blind Men and the Elephant story for some reason:
    It was six men of Indostan,
    To learning much inclined,
    Who went to see the Elephant
    (Though all of them were blind),
    That each by observation
    Might satisfy his mind.

    The First approach'd the Elephant,
    And happening to fall
    Against his broad and sturdy side,
    At once began to bawl:
    "God bless me! but the Elephant
    Is very like a wall!"

    The Second, feeling of the tusk,
    Cried, -"Ho! what have we here
    So very round and smooth and sharp?
    To me 'tis mighty clear,
    This wonder of an Elephant
    Is very like a spear!"

    The Third approach'd the animal,
    And happening to take
    The squirming trunk within his hands,
    Thus boldly up and spake:
    "I see," -quoth he- "the Elephant
    Is very like a snake!"

    The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
    And felt about the knee:
    "What most this wondrous beast is like
    Is mighty plain," -quoth he,-
    "'Tis clear enough the Elephant
    Is very like a tree!"

    The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
    Said- "E'en the blindest man
    Can tell what this resembles most;
    Deny the fact who can,
    This marvel of an Elephant
    Is very like a fan!"

    The Sixth no sooner had begun
    About the beast to grope,
    Then, seizing on the swinging tail
    That fell within his scope,
    "I see," -quoth he,- "the Elephant
    Is very like a rope!"

    And so these men of Indostan
    Disputed loud and long,
    Each in his own opinion
    Exceeding stiff and strong,
    Though each was partly in the right,
    And all were in the wrong!


    So, oft in theologic wars
    The disputants, I ween,
    Rail on in utter ignorance
    Of what each other mean;
    And prate about an Elephant
    Not one of them has seen!

    I like to touch all parts of the elephant, that way I know it IS what it IS.

  5. Anonymous6:31 AM

    Sorry Sunny, But MFOYA does not allow debating on the site. If you try to question any of their "logic" your comment is thrown in the spam box.

    My qustion, why are we supposed to believe blindly in someone we don't know? MFOYA is a mystery. Why? What are the motives? Don't know. If Taylor had six women on the beach in Hawaii, would it really matter? Where I am coming from, no it doesn't matter at all. This has to do with Taylor Hicks private life. Period. I think it is a shame the antics MFOYA are pulling. And yes, I have a pretty good idea who is behind the site. And if my guess is correct, it really doesn't involve Mr. Hicks but rather a grudge against someone close to Taylor. Sad. All of this crap is just downright sad.
    Nice blog Sunny, I've visited before and have always fournd your writing enjoyable.

  6. As I said in my post, don't be Henny Penny;). Take what you read and find on-line and weigh it out.

    I've not been tossed in the 'spam box' but recently did have a link deleted from a post on MFOYA. It involved this site:
    The link (cut and paste it)takes you to one of their blogs on the identity of the site we've been discussing.

    I'm glad you stopped by again, thanks for the compliment. I have an occasional good day putting words together. (Others, not so much :) )

  7. Anonymous10:15 AM

    First of all, I enjoy reading your blog. You seem like a fair person who is willing to hear all sides of a story.

    Just want to make a few comments regarding MFOYA...I think the story is losing it's legs. MFOYA has not blogged in a while and I don't think they have anything else to report. If they are waiting for an apology or an explanation from Taylor, they are not going to get it. Also, strongly doubt any tabloids are even remotely interested in doing a story. If the story is true, then there are reasons behind it that none of us have any right to know about. The media is back-handed and favors are exchanged all the time. CL is in the media and is most-likely well connected.

  8. Anonymous11:26 AM

    It amazes me. More "fans" claiming they "think" they know who MFOYA is, even on this blog.

    I've read a lot of debating on MFOYA. A LOT. They just don't allow lies to be spread. Good because I don't need to hear anymore lies. I'm pretty sick of them myself. It's stated pretty clearly stated in the About section what the rules are there and they make sense to me. It also amazes me, like Sunny wrote, that people who are the farthest removed from Taylor Hicks are the ones who think they know the most. It is so baffling. Why should opinions of fans be even taken into consideration when they don't even know the whole truth? That's like taking stabs in the dark. I don't think the fans have any idea who Taylor Hicks the man is and what he's really up to. He's successfully hid that part of himself. If they did they would know MFOYA is probably the most honest Hicks site out there. The only antics that have been pulled are by Taylor Hicks and the only fiction on MFOYA is (what was) the fake romance between him and Lyders.

    It's sad that so many of Taylor's fans have been so manipulated by the man himself. They have no clue what is really going on, even when it stares them in the face.

    People need to wake up. He's not your friend or your buddy and you don't know him. In fact, at this point you probably know MFOYA more than you know him.

  9. Anonymous12:27 PM

    "My qustion, why are we supposed to believe blindly in someone we don't know? MFOYA is a mystery."

    Do you KNOW Taylor Hicks? Yet you believe every single word out of his mouth? That is the mystery.

  10. I have tried to comment here a couple time and couldn't get it to work. I THINK I have it worked out now so I'm going to try again, trouble is I really don't have anything to say right now.

  11. Hi henry8! you did it! Blogger works differently than wordpress - that's an easier way to communicate. I'm glad you came by! Love reading you on the site you've been posting on. You are a brave soul. LOL!!!

  12. To 'anonymous' on who to believe, I guess that's why I read many sites, I try to make up my own mind about issues whether it's Hicks or something else. Don't be a Henny Penny, think for yourself.

  13. It would be nice if Hicks opened up and blogged with fans like some celebrities will do, but it's not something he either has time for or cares to take on. So to the comment that no one really knows the man, that's true.

    What drew me to him on AI was his ability to read the situation and use what he had for his best benefit and he won out. I think he's like that in real world situations. He's quite good at reading people (bar scene) and through his struggles in the clubs trying to get gigs, get paid for the gigs and keeping a band together the man learned strategy, learned how to work people. That's as close as I get to figuring out what kind of person he is.

    Whether he likes kitties vs. puppies or blondes vs. redheads prefers trucks over sports cars I have no clue.

    My gut tells me he's not a bad cat, but whether he's honest as a boy scout, I doubt that. Doesn't mean I like him less, though. I admire the man.

  14. Regarding MFOYA, too bad if they are shutting down; they haven't posted in a few days. Maybe working another angle. I enjoy the posters over there and the site. tfhzone seems dormant as well - about the same time frame too. That's a little interesting.

    I think the bulldogs at MFOYA should just find another story and run with it. They have a knack for drawing attention and had drawn a nice crowd. Reminded me of Vote for the Worst somewhat.

  15. Anonymous8:35 PM

    Well I'm not sure how much MFOYA has to report. It says somewhere on the blog that they are a "reactionary blog" which I took to mean they blog when there is something to react to. Obviously the gig is up - hence the "break up." Do I think that's a coincidence. Hell no I don't. So as far as MFOYA is concerned wouldn't that be mission accomplished? Ending the sham?

    MFOYA presented the Soul Patrol with an angle that the fans have never seen before. It wasn't puppies and rainbows but the truth rarely is.

    I think for myself. I have have and I always thought there was fishiness with the Caroline/Taylor story from day one. Things never added up for me -starting with Ted's very strange email to the overexposure of it all. And thinks like love and romance...you just can't fake. I don't think Taylor is some kind of innocent virgin. Far from it. I think he knows how to play people. And yes, I think the soul patrol was played. And MFOYA opened a can or worms and there was truth in that can. Whether people like it or not.