Anonymous asked: the tweet kind of scares me too, I know everything he writes honestly comes from his heart, I'm just scared that he feels like he has to hold back on some of his thoughts now because of what people say sometimes :( and that makes me feel so saddened inside that people made him feel like that.
i’m glad i’m not the only one! it really was weird that out of all the tweets that people decide to get all up in arms about, this wasn’t one of them. we’re his fans, and he should feel that he can share those things with us.
and not to mention it’s no good to think that he would hold back things that might be great just because he’s scared or unprepared for some people to make fun of it. i think that’s cowardly and i know he’s not a coward so come on.
i just think about all the incredible blog posts (all of which i have saved on my computer (2004-2009)) and how they’ve helped me through things. to think that kind of writing isn’t making it into songs simply because he’s censoring himself is really saddening.
sorry this is so long again wow i’m still upset.
He actually stopped sharing while Black Cards was still going, I just don’t think it was as noticeable because people weren’t paying attention like now. This fanbase has been at him for a long time and it’s about time he put himself and his feelings first. I’m glad he finally said something more publicly. It’s about time he stood up for himself. It’s not being a coward or fear at all. He was never obligated to share those things in the first place. He was putting himself out there and we thanked him by hurting him. It’s unfair to expect him to continue to take the abuse from people who should have his back. We hurt him a lot over the years with no thought to how “jokes” were making him feel. Everyone just kind of ignored every time he mentioned feeling like we hated him. I remember boardies joking about “the best buy thing” and it wasn’t harmless. I can tell you from a face to face exchange with him in 2010 it left a mark. He has every right to protect himself from people who have spent years hurting him with the shitty excuse that it’s just a joke.
But he does still write. It’s not hurting songs. He wouldn’t sacrifice the art. He still writes. Just not on any blog that’s shared with fans. His dedication to the band and the songs is incredibly strong.
Edit: And if it matters. Any of this. The music, the band, him. If any of it matters to you (not the OP specifically, fans in general), treat him with respect. Give a damn about his feelings. Let go of things (those fucking dick pictures, for example) that happened years ago. Stop reminding him. Stop telling him to bring back a past version of himself. He’s happy now. Be happy for him.