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Friday, January 16, 2009

How Do You Spell Censorship?

In Taylor Hicks fan world it seems to be B-O-O-G-I-E. The Season of the Soul site popped up in the Taylor Hicks alerts this morning with the blogger reviewing her recent treatment by the powers that be on The Boogie Board. I've heard tales before about the site administrators being controlling over the type of material and information allowed seen on the site. I know it's a private board and you have to gain entrance to be allowed to read it and post. I also recall a time when some sort of major dissension occurred between moderators and the gossip behind the who and why of that little circus.

I'm not writing this to stand up for Wonder, the "Season of the Soul" blogger. I don't really know her nor do I belong to her forum, of which from what I understand is one of those not taking on any more members. What I am writing about is the idea of censorship. This very continuing and prevalent circumstance one of the very things that lends to giving Taylor Hicks' fans a bad rap, the 'cult-like' following reputation tied to the guy. It's almost like a secret enjoinder anyone writing or following Hicks need know, be careful of what you write and what tone you might use to do it in. Of course, with the written word what is put in print can be mentally construed in various ways dependent upon the mindset of those reading and perhaps how they view the particular writer.

This issue ties in with the continuing saga of the green-eyed monster battle to be first in the Hicks' camp to get word of and by the guy. Now I'm not talking about the Sue from Peoria types who simply post on sites - I'm talking about the site owners and forum moderators, not all but many, are in some sort of bizarro land competition to be the first with the most.

Now if you're wondering why I'm combining censorship, information, the green-eyed monster of envy and The Boogie, it's simple. Apparently during a Meet & Greet with Taylor Hicks, certain ladies were given a message from him regarding upcoming concert behaviors. He requested they pass on the word to not plan to record or film the upcoming concert at Martyrs this weekend in Chicago. Seems Mr. Hicks does not want folks taking material, namely any new material he may have on this new CD scheduled to come out in March and pass any of it around. The ladies,pleased he selected them to confide in, dutifully started hitting the sites and passing the word. The Boogie Board, apparently one of their on-line bases, so natch they spread the info on that site. Moderators for whatever reason, whether green-eyed envy - or the validity of the information - selected to erase the posts and ban the people spreading the message.

Talk about killing the messenger.

Yesterday on Taylor Hicks' MySpazz page a message showed up, it was brief:
" Thursday, January 15, 2009
Live Show Policy
Please note that for all live appearances, there is a strict no recording policy. This applies to all video recording devices, including amateur and professional video cameras as well as cellular telephones. This policy will be strictly enforced."

No "Hi-de-ho! or "How's it kicking", or "How's your Grandma!" Keeping it brief to the point of terseness. This the only message he's has posted on that site since December 3rd. But wait, now his profile reads he's female and 109 years old. Is that to be some form of humor injected?

Now, I'm sure the Taylor Hicks fan soldiers will feel the need to add how busy he is, he doesn't have time to blog blah, blah blah to infinity; that's pure and simple nonsense. If he had time to write those words, which likely he did not, he would have time to add a few fonts of niceties to his fans who hang on that site every day. Shame on his MySpazz writer for being negligent in the communication front. Considering this guy has a new record coming out and all that appears on that site as a blog entry is that message? I just shake my head.

Grey has up that picture on her site which could carry a big message. So, forums with your controlling moderators, just go ahead and continue the censorship of your messages, ban the fans who have been loyal and long-term members - Taylor Hicks, keep authorizing terse messages once every few months, Soul Patrol soldiers keep running interference.

Let's hide and watch how this works out.


  1. Anonymous2:25 PM

    What's interesting to me, Sunny, is that the people from the SOS board aren't allowing new members either.

    The whole thing is just more ridiculousness from the Soul Patrol.

  2. Anonymous11:19 PM

    I can't stand the Boogie Board. Used to post there in the beginning, but those hags deleted my posts. I refuse to even give them a hit. There's nobody but geriatrics posting there anyway. Pathetic old hags!

  3. Anonymous9:48 AM

    Sunny - All Webmasters, admins, and mods have big 'ole controlling heads. They also like to set the tone for their board for the day.

    Wonder was banned days before she tried to spread her message from her "Soulmate" Taylor.

    If the information had come from any other fans but Wonder and Gypsee, people may have been apt to believe it. These are the same people that went out of their way to make sure Grease media wasn't taken or posted anywhere.

    Funny, Wonder didn't mention how she banned a group of her "friends" last year for being Democrats and dare utter the words Barack Obama on her site.

    Truth be told, nobody knows who is behind Taylor's Myspace. So, the message remains suspect for many. Especially given the fact that Gypsee is a Mod on his HQ and does have access to the people behind the scenes. It's no secret she's manipulative.

    It would take Taylor two minutes to make an audio blog about his wishes. People pay for that "exclusive" information, and none is ever given.

  4. Anonymous9:59 AM

    Sunny - you don't know half of the story. Season of the Soul is manipulated by Gypsee and that blog was a bunch of misinformation and distortions. Wonderland just banned half her own board including me and I never said anything negative.

  5. Anonymous12:15 PM

    The only person behind Taylor's myspace is Taylor. He is the dictator and it's always been that way. He is the only person in control of everthing regarding his myspace.

  6. Anonymous2:14 PM

    You can't be serious. There is no way Taylor does anything with that Myspace. Stephen the merch guy was behind the scenes of it for a long time.

    Then, he should go post it on his HQ. Funny, there's nothing there about this "directive"

  7. Sounds like a lot of unnecessary game playing to me. I know Wonder doesn't allow new members now, me included, have no idea why you'd want to have a forum with such limited scope. lol

    It's the idea of all the censoring that goes on within the Hicks' fan control militia that ruins it for so many folks. Too, obviously I have issues with authority anyway, can't stand being censored, manipulated or stifled in any shape or form.

  8. Anonymous3:40 PM

    The last place you would want to be is SOS. It's a bunch of hateful, nasty-ass women and an old man who's altergo is a potato. They ban people on a weekly basis. All they talk about is recipes and laundry and what victims they be. Gypsy loves them because they are stupid and able to be manipulated.

  9. Wow, that's funny Anon at 3:40PM. hahahaha a potato? Seriously?