Why?

So far I haven’t written anything serious on this blog.  Unlike my ‘proper’ blog It’s a small world after all, I started this blog for a bit of a laugh.  I had a spare hour to kill, and had been chatting on Twitter endlessly about Pineapple Dance Studios and how funny the programme is.  My friend Nickie and I particularly liked Andrew Stone and thought his segments were some of the funniest bits of all.  We said something along the lines of “that man deserves to be more famous than he is” and the idea was born.

So, at first, I wrote a couple of posts, that were very definitely tongue in cheek.  Every headline had an exclamation mark, every post was written with my dry sense of humour firmly intact.  Others have contributed and even become co-administrators.  And every post has been a mixture of fond admiration for the work that Andrew Stone puts into his band, and gentle piss taking at the funny things he says.

So why do we get so many abusive comments?  Have a look on the more recent posts and you will find each one has at least one rude comment.  Some commentors come back three or four times to respond to our assertions that it’s not to be taken seriously.  I’ve deleted some comments because they are too offensive.  I’ve even had my degree questioned for Chrissakes.  I don’t get it.

We are a group of thirty something mums, having a laugh.  Why do all these people who hate Andrew Stone feel the need to search us out and give us a hard time?  Why can’t they hang out somewhere else where I don’t have to listen to their views?

They clearly have far too much time on their hands and not enough fun in their lives.

This post was written for the Sleep is for the Weak writing workshop.  This week, Josie asked “Have you ever felt bullied?”

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27 Responses to “Why?”

  1. *stands up and applauds*

    I would personally like to state that some of the more offensive comment have been approved by myself (in my role as joint-admin) as I believe we live in a free society and everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, I do, as Victoria says, have issues with people returning just to be rude and offensive.

    Life is to short… get on with something positive rather than having so much hate in your life!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily Says:

      Just to clarify, the only comments I have deleted have used words that I do not want associated with any blog of mine. If you can’t talk without using offensive language, then you are not welcome here.

  2. Unbelievable! Far too much time on their hands for sure!
    The whole tongue in cheek factor on here is what makes this blog what it is – a bit of fun! I honestly cannot for a minute understand where the hatred comes from?? I mean, get a grip!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily Says:

      I know, I think some people are missing a sense of humour gene. Never mind, I’ll keep on as long as I’m enjoying it.

  3. more like you should be looking after your kiddies instead of writing rubbish on here, praising that muppet’s ego… don’t you have any shame?!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily Says:

      no

    • Since when were you invited to criticise our parenting skills? Do you know ANYTHING about our personal situation?

      All my children are at school and I’m at work on my break. Any other information required?

      You’re on the verge of overstepping the mark when you bring my family into this!

  4. Because obviously writing the odd post on here in the evening stops you looking after your kiddies – or was she joking?!

  5. OMG! Did that comment get posted as an illustration? Do people actually have it in them to come up with such base and baseless slandering? Wow, I’m sorry you have to deal with this stuff when you’re just trying to have a bit of fun.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily Says:

      No, not posted as an illustration. That was a real example of our lovely commenters.

      You couldn’t make it up.

  6. porridgebrain Says:

    OMG! Are these people serious???!

    Let me at ’em!

    You go ladies, I love your crazy Starman obsession xx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily Says:

      I THINK they are serious. Because when we answer back to them, they get really uppity. Some people really don’t have enough love in their lives.

      • I love the way people get uppity when challenged – it just shows that they haven’t really thought out their response and the repercussions it brings. There aren’t a lot of people who return to challenge us and support their original view.

  7. Jared Terry Says:

    I obviously see a couple of digs at me in your blog entry and I am replying because far be it for anyone to think that I would not come back here to support my original view. It seems you really have a very awkward view – that andrew stone is great but you want to also have a laugh about him being silly. The think about it being that Andrew obviously takes his music very seriously. I don’t think you can support someone and undermine them at the same time, so you sit awkwardly on the fence. My original point came from how the interview was really sincerely flattering to him – I can’t stand around when someone is plugging his awful song. I happen to take music very seriously being a musician myself. If the site is supposed to be just a piss take then its a very poor one – without teeth. And I am sorry but I just found it very hard to believe that anyone who has a philosophy degree would write that interview. Its not impressive by the way, having a degree, as much as you seem to think it is. I have a 2.1 BA In American studies and an MA in film studies from the university of Kent and also am NCTJ accredited as a periodical journalist. Whoop – de – doo. I met some of the stupidiest people at University, it means nothing. As Joanne pointed out earlier – its just rather shameful this fansite and it should make you feel sullied being involved in such an act. And as far as I can see whlst fuelling his delusion and at the same time taking the mickey you are doing no favours to Andrew Stone. Feel free to go on and censor me – then sit in the corner with your hands over your ears singing really loudly.

    -Jared

    • Jared – can I suggest that you read all the information provided before writing up your comments? The interview was conducted and written by myself. I do not have a degree. When have I ever said I did? Maybe you are getting me mixed up with Victoria?

      Factual information on a public website/forum is very important. I hope you understand that.

      Also, if you have qualifications coming out of your ears you should understand that paragraphs, punctuation and capital letters are a vital part of the written English language.

      And if your comment regarding Joanne’s input stands then my reply to her is directed to you also.

      • Jared Terry Says:

        How snotty of you. I certainly do understand paragraphs and capital letters but I am a rather poor typer and, frankly, I am not too concerned at maintaining levels of grammar excellence on this site. So far, so very anally retentive of you. You make no reference to the central point of my post – this is that it seems very awkward to be suporting someone whilst at the same time laughing at them and undermining them.

        In conclusion I don’t really want to debate you further as you do not wish to engage with my arguments at all preferring instead to make petty comments over my grammar.

        I do have quaifications nearly coming out of my
        ears by the way, I am something of a ploymath intelligence. I am also gifted on the guitar (12 string as well as 6 string), play the Hammond organ I own with competence and am an accomplished photographer working mainly with black and white film. When I take time to think about myself it often shocks me what a range of superior talents and impeccable diverse taste I have.

      • Jared Terry Says:

        How snotty of you. I certainly do understand paragraphs and capital letters but I am a rather poor typer and, frankly, I am not too concerned at maintaining levels of grammar excellence on this site. So far, so very anally retentive of you. You make no reference to the central point of my post – this is that it seems very awkward to be suporting someone whilst at the same time laughing at them and undermining them.

        In conclusion I don’t really want to debate you further as you do not wish to engage with my arguments at all preferring instead to make petty comments over my grammar.

        I do have quaifications nearly coming out of my
        ears by the way, I am something of a ploymath intelligence. I am also gifted on the guitar (12 string as well as 6 string), play the Hammond organ I own with competence and am an accomplished photographer working mainly with black and white film. When I take time to think about myself it often shocks me what a range of superior talents and impeccable diverse taste I have.

        I do ,incidentally, fear for the children of today when they are raised by people who spend time praising Andrew Stone. I do know thats snobby but why can’t we raise children on Leonard Cohen, The Rolling Stones and Henry Miller instead of Andrew Stone and X factor?

  8. And I don’t feel the need to justify myself all the time.

    This is not supposed to be a war of words or a “who is more qualified than who” competition. It was a basic query as to why a person, such as yourself, feels the need to come on a forum like this, criticise the content and the intelligence of the people writing it? You still haven’t answered that. And you may have noticed that your comments *are* being published and we are not “sitting in the corner with our hands over our ears singing really loudly”, whatever that was supposed to mean.

    I’m confident in myself not to have to brag about my achievements in life and, as for your edit, how on EARTH do you know what my children listen to, watch and enjoy?

  9. Jared Terry Says:

    I know because your children write to me begging for sweet mercy. They say you talk about Andrew Stone endlessly, feed them pot noodles for breakfast lunch and dinner and between this sit around constantly scratching away at the enormous backside you have. I’m sorry to say I will be informing social services.

  10. Jared Terry Says:

    Yes. Please.

  11. Jared Terry Says:

    I did not mean to slander your backside by the way. It might be very agreeable for all I know. I just wanted to introduce your backside into my discourse to investigate it further.

    Bake the cake and let it rise, as Andrew Stone would say (Have no idea what that means).

  12. If only more people could read about this!

  13. Hello! Haven’t visited for a while but couldn’t resist joining in here.

    Firstly I should point out that although I love Pineapple I am not a huge fan of Andrew Stone per se. That said, I do waver between laughing helplessly at his ‘Stoneisms’ and thinking he really needs a cuddle.

    I’m not sure I see the point you’re making Jared. Isn’t it absolutely possible to like someone but be unable to resist taking the gentle piss? Surely that’s par for the course with many public figures?

    I know that this site was set up as a bit of fun and naturally, as it’s on a public platform, people are welcome to come and debate the opinions expressed. But to denigrate the contributors, to question their intelligence or their parenting skills for that matter seems just a little bit mean spirited.

    Maybe we’re all really lucky in that we belong to a corner of the blogosphere that celebrates the community aspect and is supportive, without being sycophantic? Or maybe we’re all just a little bit more mature? Either way, I can understand why the originator is tempted to just walk away – life’s too short for this nonsense.

    Now, where did I park my high horse? Ah yes….. see ya!

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