07.19AICN and chris
Hey there blog, it’s me again. Let’s see if I can come up with anything to update you with.
I’m a fan of films almost as much as I’m a fan of film rumors, spoilers, and gossip. Because of this one of my daily visits is Ain’t It Cool News, and the other day they reviewed the nerdcore documentary that came out like 4 years ago, Nerdcore For Life. I may have mentioned that film on this site once or twice in the past. The review was written by Jon Doe as part of a series called “Hurts So Good”, not because the movie was bad, but because our music is so bad that it does a 180 and turns out to be good. I guess. The music I was making when the doc was filmed was rather on the bad side back then, so I’m going to let it slide… this time. In all honesty though the write up was really awesome and hopefully will lead to some more people checking out the flick. Also, Doe said I was his favorite person in the flick. I cheated though, to be fair. I did my interviews from a hot tub. Any documentary subject becomes the favorite once he/she speaks from their heart from within a hot tub. Seriously though, my nerd boner is super huge because of this. I love AICN and thought the closest I would ever come to gracing their pages was if I was mocked for my appearance in Nerdcore Rising. Go peep game at the article and let me know whatcha think.
Hey! You want to read a few paragraphs that will keep me from ever touring with the man who was my hero and reason for trying to be a better performer and nerdcore rapper? Too bad! I’m writing it anyways!
Is anyone out there surprised that mc chris has yet again done something to alienate new fans and challenge those loyal to him to stay his fans? I submit that mc chris fans spend more time defending him online than singing his praises. This newest episode involves chris kicking out a fan from his show for a tweet the fan made in regards to chris’ opening act. The fan didn’t go on a rant. He didn’t use foul language or slurs. He simply tweeted, “Dear nerd rapper opening for Powerglove/mc chris. You’re not good enough to pander to me. Better luck next time.” mc chris felt that Richie Branson was more than capable of pandering to the fan, so he jumped on stage, found the fan in the crowd, and demanded that he get kicked out of the event. Being that this was an mc chris show, chances are extremely high that he went on to bad mouth said fan for a while after the incident. That last part is speculation since I wasn’t at this show, but I’ve been to at least 3 other shows where chris kicked someone out and spent the rest of the night boasting. Now, I don’t know Richie Branson. I’m sure he’s a terrific guy doing very well musically. He must be if he’s touring with chris. But is it just me, or do you also feel that if anyone should have gotten upset and had a right to overreact, it should have been Richie?
My problem with the entire event isn’t that mc chris overreacted and was an asshole to a fan expressing his opinion regarding the talents of chris’ friends. My problem is that he only felt bad about it after that fan took to reddit, explained his side of the story, and unleashed the well deserved backlash upon chris. Before reddit joined in, chris continued to badmouth the dude on twitter and facebook. The fan has, what?, like a max of 1,000 followers? Chris has easily 20 times that on twitter alone. So not only did he kick the kid out of the show, a kid who until the other night was likely a huge mc chris fan, but then he proceeded to blame the kid for the backlash he received as a result of it. Because only the fan’s close and personal friends could possibly have a problem with what chris did, right?
Cut to the reddit backlash, which spreads to chris’ facebook and twitter pages (and to a twitter account not even owned by the nerd rapper), and suddenly chris has a change of heart and decides that what he did was in fact wrong and stupid, and posts a teary eyed vid on youtube. This is not the first time this has happened. This won’t be the last time it happens either. This fan’s only crime was speaking his mind to his followers about a rapper he felt pandered more than performed and didn’t reach the level of entertainment he found in mc chris. Do you think it’s at all possible that if one were to search through the archives of chris’ posts and tweets that a person could find an example or two of mc chris expressing negative opinions about something? Is it possible the target of those negative comments also had friends who wouldn’t take kindly to it? But it’s ok when mc chris does it. He’s chris. Do you know how many MySpace friends he has? He’s told you a million times. His tweet followers number into the bajillions. He made thousands of dollars from fans to make his very own cartoon. He raises money for cystic fibrosis for crying out loud. How could a person like that be the bad guy? The fan was just some fan. Chris has plenty of those. One less won’t kill him, I guess. Of all the acts in the nerd scene, I’ve never seen any performer treat their fans with more vitriol, disdain, or impatience than mc chris seems to. Maybe that’s just because he has more, but I’ve never seen even a portion of that kind of behavior from guys like Front, Lars, or YT on their worst days. Not that Lars has “worst days.” Even on horrible days Lars will smile. He’s my hope for America.
I’m not calling chris a monster. I’m not saying he’s evil through and through and you should set fire to all of the mc chris merch you can find. I’m just saying that this is just another in a looong line of examples of mc chris being an asshole to the fanbase that made him. He became famous rapping about feeling like an outcast, being bullied, and not feeling comfortable with other people, then he proceeds to outcast, bully, and alienate kids at his shows for not doing things how mc chris decides they should be done. How is that not like the high school bully? He has the power now and he sure as hell is going to let you know about it if you step out of line. I’m glad mc chris came to his senses and decided to finally do the right thing and apologized to the kid. My question, however, is what will chris be apologizing for next? Odds are we won’t have to wait long to find out.