(If you follow this blog and have no idea what this is about. Ignore. It’s being linked from something else.x)
Since the video was posted on Super City you could say it’s had some mixed feedback, so I feel I need to say a few things. Understandably some people are going to dislike the piece, but that’s because you’re simply seeing a group of people that have been personally acknowledged by the band (posted on SC) shout abuse at your favourite band without actually thinking about why there shouting such profanities.
The intention of this piece was never to “showcase McFly fans in a negative way” as someone pointed out. The documentary was created for a small exhibition in Manchester and the statement which went along with the piece paid no reference to McFly. The intention of this has always, and will always, simply be to visually explore this little world of “hardcore fans”. And like every documentary of anything, you aim to show the extremes. I never asked McFly to post the video or even sent it to them. The webmasters on SC contacted me expressing their love for the documentary on behalf of the McFly camp. Persumably because of its realistic nature.
Like with everything in life, people are split into categories. And this applies to fans. And the chances are if this video shocked or offended you, then you don’t come under the classification of fans which this documentary follows. Yes we do take things too far, we know this, and the band know this; but the band also know we never mean what we say or do. We love them and have followed them for several years. They know us, they know what we’re like and we have banter. If what we do is so bad then why do they happily meet us time after time and joke with us? Why does their tour manager happily reply to our texts telling us times and such? Why do their girlfriends smile and wave upon spotting you? Lara even came up and hugged me in a club in London following the London show.
Yes we probably shouldn’t scream “abuse” – but it’s light hearted. They know we don’t mean it and its meant humours. But you, the people watching this don’t know this which I suppose warrants your “hate”. And maybe we shouldn’t lie in front of their car. But again, this is intended as a joke. People have been doing the “lying down infront of McFly’s car” game for years. Tom’s even tweeted a picture of us doing so before and we’ve joked about it with them personally.
At the end of the day, my intention for this documentary was to provoke a reaction and showcase this world of “hardcore fans” – and it’s worked perfectly. I’ve had people who had no idea this type of thing existed expressing their love of the insight this video provided. I’ve also had people all around the world messaging me thanking me for creating the piece as it perfectly sums up their life. People may not realize it, but this type of thing is happening each and every day for each and every band all around the world. And unless you’re directly involved, you’d have no idea. Which is why I think this is coming across as so “controversial”.
You might not agree with what we do, and that’s fine. But at the end of the day it’s our passion which pushes us to these extremes; this is the only way we know how to be a fan. We’re just fans like you, but on a completely different level.