18/07/2009 by AndreaUrbanFox
HA! Had you going there! Although it’s true that both have deleted their accounts, my heart is as light as a feather and my conscience hasn’t stopped me having a great night sleep. Thanks very much!
I’m not saying I’m happy it happened. Their accounts were of great value. Reznor provided us with hours of amusement. It was like watching a train crash unfolding in slow motion. While Mariqueen gave us an insight into how flakey, superficial and cheap her life is. So yes, I will miss them. I will miss Reznor`s ill advised rants and outbursts as I will miss Mariqueen`s pre-pubescent and grammatically flawed tweets.
To say, like some are already saying, that they quitted Twitter because of my blogs is giving me too much credit. As much as I appreciate being given such credit, one cannot forget those who also questioned Reznor`s motives and attitudes which ultimately led to his Twitter demise. How can one forget Fred Garrett (of the #fuckfred fame) with his blogs which are now legendary? How can one forget my followers on Twitter for their support and loyalty? My girls (too many to mention by name) who havent just been supportive but have also been caring and gave me their time, loyalty and lots of laughs? How can one forget all those, who from behind the scenes provided me with information and photos? Each and every one of you stars! I thank you all.
Still on the point of “who to crucify” for Reznor`s Twitter departure, look no further than Reznor himself. Don’t be naïve (or stupid) to think it was a hand-full of “trolls” that led a grown up man to crash and burn. Reznor has been online his entire career. He used it, manipulated it and made a pretty good living out of it. People “trolling” him, shouting at him, verbally abusing him should therefore have no impact on him. Why pick on and blame me (and a few others)? Because we didn’t actually “troll” him. We asked questions. We asked difficult questions. We were those “pesky kids” that wouldn’t let go until we got proper answers. Answers which were never forthcoming.
In my case, this whole thing started back in March when I posted a blog on Myspace about ticket pricing for gigs and festivals. You can read that blog HERE, just gotta scroll down. At the time I was not only asking/pressing Reznor for answers regarding this issue. I did direct the same question to many others in the music biz. However, Reznor was the only one who took my questions personally and went on the defensive with me. Why so pissy? Why not just answer the questions? Those questions rang alarm bells. Could have Reznor got all pissy because I was on to something? I asked him that and from that point on I was blocked. I WAS on to something….
Almost 3 months went by. I had just about dropped the whole ticket price fixing issue when I read/saw somewhere he was engaged to Mariqueen. If Twitter wasn’t so damn impossible to scroll back on posted tweets, I did even congratulate him, but that is irrelevant. What is relevant is that I was having a chat with a mate on twitter (note-rebelrebel666 who was duly banned from Twitter at Reznor`s request, or so I’m led to believe) about Reznor`s sudden engagement to someone half his age and of dubious personal and professional credentials when I jokingly said I thought she looked like a ladyboy. Which in my humble opinion she does! Anyway, little did I know that Reznor still stalked my page and read my tweets. His retaliation wasn’t clear to me until I started to get abusive and downright vicious NIN psychofans trolling me. As we all now know, Reznor said and I quote: “@andreaurbanfox you know what sucks, YOU”. Ha! I couldn’t help myself, it was too easy, and so I replied: “I suck and swallow. How about you? Any cock action lately of just Mariqueens?” I thought and still think it was a damn good reply and it still tickles me. The problem is that at the time Reznor had ½ million followers. Most of which are angry, depressed, emo, starry eyes, arse licking fans who took upon themselves to “protect” their 45yr old idol from me. The backlash of my comment/reply is well documented in mine and Fred Garrett’s blogs.
Bla bla bla time went on…Reznor carried on making a fool of himself on Twitter. Saying how mellowed out and in love he was just to turn around and rant about this and that, diss the odd fan or celeb….the usual. Then came the Eric story. At the time I was pretty pissy with all the NIN psychofans that religiously pestered me and was also very concerned about the floods in Brazil. I must admit I approached Reznor a bit “all guns blazing” and asked him why help 1 individual whose chances were minimal and not help ½ million displaced and starving people in Brazil. Again, this part of the story is well documented. His reaction was the usual name calling so typical to him (and his sheeply). This time I took this and turned to my advantage as it did help raise awareness of the problems I was then actively campaigning for. I even thanked him for his outburst on my blog on Myspace titled “Act Now” HERE.
Then something came to light. Actually, make that someone. Andrea Mulrain, Reznor`s ex-sweetheart approached me. She had a lot to say. Most of which remains private but one of her many emails to me was blogged on Myspace, but can be seen HERE, because I thought it was of public interest and necessary to make clear to his fans that he was/is NOT the philanthropist he claims to be. At the time I raised many questions regarding his motives for helping Eric and that can be found HERE.
True to form, nothing was answered. All I got was more ranting and raving from him. Then came the “I’m quitting Twitter” bluff and the long winded rant he posted at NIN.com blaming “plump & ugly” Metalsludge users for his decision. Again, there he was playing the victim and manipulating his minions. Totally unable to take responsibility for his actions. Unfortunately it backfired on him big time! His lack of eloquence topped with his lack of humanity made him, apart from alienating his more hefty fans, he went on to give suicide advice to his fans (and we know that if they aren’t emo, they are pretty fucked up and/or angry fanbase). The backlash of that can be seen HERE and I also wrote a parody of it which you can see HERE.
Let us go back to the oh-so-evil blogs. In mid June I went to Southside festival. No to just see NIN. I was actually more interested in seeing Nick Cave, Pixies, Fleet Foxes etc. But it so happened NIN was the headlining act on Saturday night. As I was going to write about the festival, I couldn’t help but write about NIN. You can read that review HERE. And yes, I did enjoy their gig. I actually thought I wasn’t going to because of my now tainted view of the utterly flawed singer (I use the word singer loosely). I DID see him drinking of what looked to be a can of beer. I DID see him slip and almost fall onstage. I DID think his performance was a let down. I can’t be blamed for what I saw and the conclusions I came to after the gig. I also reviewed Mew & NIN Luxembourg gig HERE.
So now we are at the stage where/when apart from Reznor reading my blogs/tweets I also had Mariqueendoing the very same. It is well known that many times she had a “dig” at me via Twitter but to be honest by this stage I couldn’t care less and was fully openly saying what I thought of her, him, their relationship, his behavior, the Eric story etc. I didn’t even engage in banter with her because in true honesty her ghetto lingo topped with the poor grasp of the English language meant most of her stuff was painful to read, let alone reply to.
One thing Reznor never accounted for was the fact that I am the best of friends but the worse of enemies. Don’t piss me off and expect me to drop it and let go. He also didn’t account for people from his past (and present) circle of friends were feeding me information about him. And for his annoyance and the disbelief of his more psychotic fans, I was not suspended from either Twitter or WordPress (despite their string of complaints) because all I was/am saying is MY understanding based on information which is either already in the public domain or information which was given to me and duly verified. I’m also pretty sure the networks in question here are ok with the amount of traffic and publicity all this has generated. Not being a cynic here but without these online dramas the internet would be boring and lame.
We now move on to the 4th of July. Not because it’s just “lets blow shit up” day in the USA but it’s when Eric died. Yes it was sad that after the entire circus created around him, he didn’t manage to pull through. Unexpected? No it wasn’t. He never even got the heart transplant he needed. He was never well enough. At least that was the official story and we shall never know if it’s the truth or not.
With that in mind I DID tweet Eric’s sister Veronica. I simply said it was bad news but I asked what would happen to the donated money. Would it be returned to the donors or would it go to a worthy cause. Simple. No accusations. No pestering for full accounts (which I have done since but no one is able or willing to supply them). Anyway, it seems I wasn’t the only person with questions regarding the Eric fund and the accounts for medical expenses. How this other person worded her question to Veronica I don’t know. All I know is that at this point, our uncapped crusader Reznor either read my tweet or was alerted of it and went on a verbal rampage calling me and this other girl, and I quote:” uniformed c*nts”. I sure want wearing a uniform at the time so I didn’t take offence to that. I was a bit taken aback by him calling me a pig knowing very well I’m Jewish therefore making clear his anti-Semitism. I duly went on to blog about this and you can read that HERE.
What followed was the usual trolling with the added threat from NIN psychofans as well as the “Eric’s Twitter army” on the defensive. I say, for a bunch of Born Again Christians with so much love in their hearts they don’t half like swearing and bashing. But hey, their motives for donating can also be questioned as most of them did so because of their devotion to Trent Reznor, not because they genuinely cared who the feck Eric was. So that you know, up to this day no one has produced any accounts nor has any official statement has been made regarding the accounts or the whereabouts of the remaining donated money. Silence is only golden in certain situations (the one that went straight over Reznor`s head are a good example) but in this instance the less open they are about this, the more they open themselves to speculation.
Bla bla bla more playground antics and banter from both sides….more questions being asked about Reznor`s now apparent meltdown…..bla bla bla NIN touring Europe and Reznor still making a fool of himself (read about it HERE)…bla bla bla Mariqueen posts picture of her panties online…..bla bla bla London O2 gig….. That ROFL worthy photo of an overweight Reznor falling onstage (HERE) and now this. Both jokers are gone from Twitter…err….their public accounts are but their private accounts ( @noise_floor & @NEEUQIRAM )remain which means that this story is far from over…..I can predict both will be lurking around, reading our stuff as usual. Needless to say we are due an influx of newly open accounts used exclusively to troll those, like myself, got a brain, a voice and it isn’t scared to use either.
We are now up to date with this story….until his next move that is 🙂
Hours after Trent Reznor waves Twitter goodbye…
…after closing @trent_reznor (and @mariqueen) account on Twitter the tickets for the last (last?) NIN gigs go on sale. Hmm…
Think about it. Not the first time Reznor uses some drama before announcing something which needed all his minions attention. Clever PR. He knows his minions lap it up like the little sheeply they are.
A few hours later his not so private account @noise_floor (and @neeuqiram ) is also closed. At this point one is lead to believe he/they actually meant the whole privacy stuff.
But then along came THIS……