MFOYA has written a farewell statement on their blog, "We don’t feel that we need to leave comments open and discuss this matter any longer. We’ve discussed it for a pretty long time and it seems Radar has taken this over themselves, so we ask that you take posts and commentary to that site".
There are Taylor Hicks' fans who foam at the mouth if anything is mentioned remotely not completely complimentary about Mr. Hicks. These fans profess fear of causing him to lose fans, lose reputation. Some fans have carried it so far that anything said negatively about him created on-line riots. I have this article written by Chris Baldwin I revisited yesterday as one prime example. As you scroll down the posts, you'll see many of the players posting to Mr. Baldwin as seen on MFOYA and Fanatics. You'll also see the similarities in the continued style of behavior. I don't post as Sunny on his site, I'm seen as JewelsR. Hickschick2010 is there, and Gray Charles is there as well.
As you revisit that "Memory Lane" of one of the Soul Patrol's (not) finest hours, take note that some of these folks have not learned one thing since this came out. Take note too, that it is becoming more likely to have Hicks' name mentioned not for his talent so much anymore but the caliber of fans he's attracting.
I think much of the time these type of fans, the ones quick to shrill and scream out against perceived enemies of the man, post in such glowing and kiss-ass commentary in hopes of one day having that fateful one-on-one meeting with the man. Visions of spilling their on-line handle (c'mon ladies, I've been there, I've heard you all blurt out, "Ooo Taylor! I'm so and so from Boogie/TOSP/GC!1!") with the hope he'll look deep into your eyes and murmur, "Oohh,I have been waiting for you - I love to read your posts about my onion...would you like to see it...???" Then like that fairytale romance knight in Soul Patrol armour, he scoops you up and off to the tour bus. You and he lock eyes, you waving to all the other envious and tearful Soul Patrollers wiping their eyes with soggy Kleenex. It's that obvious sometimes.
I mean look at it rationally and realistically. MFOYA was conceived following the scrutiny of photographs of a lady that Mr. Hicks hung out with on the beach in Hawaii. Initially among the die-hard Soul Patrollers, a big outcry began that the guy was even with a woman; rampant sometimes veiled jealousy the core emotion. All kinds of on-line mayhem broke out about who she was and what kind of relationship it was.
That was what initially drew the attention of many of the folk behind MFOYA, those folk who came to sail on that Ship of Mayhem: Those fans. The reactions were mystifying, some were marrying him off to this gal he'd been seen with once, as far as they knew. Then there were the other posters that were completely hating her. The gal on the beach was called a skank, yet nobody knew her. Looking at her she certainly looked nice, attractive. Her figure insulted, her breast scrutinized, "I thought he liked big breasts" was something I read on several boards. It was beyond silly and stupid. It was vapid.
Back in the day of Gray Charles, he found his exponentially growing audience a mixed bag, some came already equipped with an appreciation for music, others came because after seeing Taylor Hicks on Idol they wanted to learn more. Gray was only too happy to oblige. One of the draws for me on his site was the fact he did not allow insipid posts to carry on about the man's ass, etc... You could talk music, you could talk Taylor, but above all talk with some intelligence.
The fans in which the group at MFOYA have had the most issue with are the ones that gather on-line talking about the man's harmonica playing equating some sort of cunnilingus, and his ass an "onion". The fans without any musical knowledge, just Idol junkies, all they could relate to was the music Idol fed them through their televisions. Granted many were the ones who got the guy elected topdog Idol, but many are the same ones who rally with such savagery at any slight against the man.
My philosophy, call the man's ass an ass if that's what you're talking about - and harmonica playing is just that. I have tried to understand, but it really has been one fucking hilarious situation all the way around.
Back to MFOYA. Certainly there was not an Angel at the helm of the site. Occasionally a rather glib and caustic post created havoc among the sensitive. Occasionally the tone would grow dark and thunder would roll off the screen. Then, other times, it was simply a snark fest, like some rollicking court jester poking fun at Hicks, poking fun at the fans and yes, because they were there, in the midst - front and center - poking fun at themselves. Making Fun of Your Ass was as much a slam to the readers as to the subjects involved, as it was about themselves and the folly they knew going in this story would create. It was pointing out to those overtly kiss-ass fans that yes, we knew, we saw that Harlequin romance flitting through your minds...and it was funny. Now, let me make clear, not funny in a Oh My GAWD you are an IDIOT funny, instead, funny in let's look at ourselves, let's reality check.
MFOYA's last line,"Hicks is talented, that’s not going to change, but hopefully he’ll decide to cut the “famous asshole years” short. Support music, not lies."
Gray Charles use to say, "It's about the music, baby!" That's what the love for Taylor should be about, not what it's turned into. That said, the man knows what he knows and surely realizes what he needs do.
Turn it up baby!