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  1. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    I don't know. This is the whole screenshot posted by blink-182 Paraguay. Maybe he promised them the same things we were promised by Feldmann's manager in case of compliance. If I remember correctly, you're a Spanish speaker, so I'd recommend checking out their Facebook page. There are quite a few comments on there.
  2. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    They're going out of their way to have the clip removed from all sources.
  3. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    According to Feldmann's manager (I checked, it's really him), it is not a blink-182 song.
  4. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    Thank you, NJansaid. I don't care about bullies. It's part of the online board experience, I guess. All I wanted to do was to share an interesting story with you guys, knowing that you usually like to discuss this sort of stuff. I'm grateful for everyone - including JarJar! - who took some time to join the debate. We still haven't really figured out what happened exactly, though! Again, Elisa, let me be very clear. I agree with what you're saying, but this is not the point. Mark is absolutely free to block anyone anytime for whatever reason with no explanation due, be it a serial troll or a loyal fanpage. My question was, provided that these posts are the actual reason why he took that weird block-unblock measure (which has yet to be proven!), how did he see them? Also, does anything of what I wrote qualify as "awful things" about Matt? The way events developed and Mark's phrasing make me think that we're off track. I guess there's no way of knowing. On a side note, I'll just add very briefly that I think it's unfair to cherry-pick a couple of critical posts, which are a minuscule minority in a community which prides itself on an almost ten-year history of unwavering support for blink-182. I get that this is what we're talking about now and your post is far from uncalled-for, quite the contrary, but I'll just state this fact to try to provide a more complete picture of blink-182 Italia. In case any of you guys is interested in our little crazy world, you're all warmly invited to join us on our social media accounts! I'll go back to lurking now.
  5. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    No, Ghent. Let me be even clearer. Matt routinely reads comments to his own posts, as evidenced by the screenshot I posted. However, nothing suggests that he lurks on others' accounts. What you previously asked me to copy-paste was not a comment, but part of a post of mine. This is why it is unlikely that Matt himself saw it, but I wouldn't rule out that someone from their crew did. I still don't believe this is what happened, though.
  6. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    I don't expect Mark to support any level of bashing at all. This is still not the point as far as I am concerned, though. Because of the several inconsistencies that I listed above, I am inclined to think that that post has nothing to do with it. What caused him to block-unblock us is still far from clear. I said many times that he never followed us. I think that your reconstruction of the facts is reasonable overall, but it leaves many questions unanswered, most importantly not explaining how Mark ended up on that post in the first place, if he ever did. I obviously discussed the matter with my fellow administrators and the most credible hypothesis seems to be that Mark might have seen that post in December in the explore tab on Instagram, which is not based on chronological criteria, but rather on interest criteria. I used the hashtags #blink182 and #markhoppus among others in that post. If he often browses through pictures thus tagged, it is not completely improbable that he might have seen that one in the explore tab. If this is the case, then the odd timeline makes more sense. I still find it unlikely that of all of our posts, many much more successful in terms of engagement than that one, this is the one that shows up on Mark's feed. This is all just speculation, though, as we'd need to better grasp how Instagram's algorithms work to reach any definitive conclusion. I'd rule this out. Matt is kind of awkward at Instagram. Nothing ever suggested that he lurks on blink-182 fan accounts. Furthermore, he's subject to a barrage of insults on a daily basis and doesn't seem to care that much. What are the chances that a single post of mine was the final straw? As I said, I really like Matt in blink and I think he knows. This is a really good point. Thank you, Ghent. Regardless of whether he said "Is it true" or "Did you say", both expressions convey uncertainty. Perhaps, someone close to them saw something I posted, didn't like it, and told the band. It could have been virtually anyone from their crew. Very hard to tell. I still can't guess what angered them so much, though. I don't think it was the post we're talking about, because it wasn't exclusively about Matt. Haha! It might be. I don't know. We'll probably never know. I still don't really get what happened. It's been all just speculation so far. Hopefully, this guitar pick will bury this alleged, very weird hatchet.
  7. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    My Instagram feed is public for everyone to see! I honestly did not realize how many posts supporting Matt I published before checking back for any offensive ones this morning. It looks like I am nothing short of repetitive in this respect. Wow, Oliver got no chill today! You're right, though. I'm likely overthinking this. I get that I might have said something that he found offensive. I'm not disputing that. What I'm actually interested in is how he found that post. Since I believe that it is highly unlikely that in December 2018 he somehow stumbled upon a post of mine dating back to May 2018, I find this hypothesis unrealistic. I would argue that no one really needs a guitar pick. Mark has been in the habit in the past few years of sending guitar picks to a few lucky fans who requested them during his Twitter Q&As. I though it would be nice to get one. In my opinion, this kind gesture once again shows Mark's true colors, which makes this whole block-unblock story all the more puzzling. But I understand that you and I might have different opinions on this issue. It's fine. "Matt is very unprofessional. It's been over three years and he hasn't been bothered with learning either lyrics or correct guitar parts. His reliance on a teleprompter is unacceptable at this point, not to mention the fact that I've not heard him play the intro to WMAA right once." I was displeased after seeing their performance at Weenie Roast 2018. I'm not proud of what I wrote. It is interesting, however, that in that post I sort of ranted about the general state of the band (excluding Travis), which makes me think that this is not the incriminating evidence I am looking for. Not once did I single out Matt for criticism. If anything, I have often complained about the lack of Matt's input. Give me more Skiba! On a side note, I'm glad that Matt finally learned to play the WMAA intro correctly.
  8. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    Thank you, Ghost. I finally found the post I was thinking about. I'll admit I could have chosen softer language. I still can't figure out how Mark ended up on that post, if we admit that he ever did. The post in question dates back to May 2018 and did not contain any tags. He blocked-unblocked us in December 2018 and brought it up again today. That's an odd timeline. This is why I think that this whole thing has nothing to do with any of my posts. It looks like it will remain a mystery!
  9. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    Thank you! I'll try to do my best to turn up every once in a while. I read the boards everyday first thing in the morning anyway. Just to be very clear, I don't think Mark was talking about that teleprompter rant. What I said is that this is the only impolite thing I remember ever saying about Matt. I might be misremembering, though. I checked my Instagram feed for offensive posts about him, but all I could find were several posts - many more than I remembered! - praising Matt for many different reasons, including his work ethic, his singer-songwriter skills, and his cool persona. Which is not surprising, since I've been very vocal ever since California was released about my wish for blink-182 to exploit Matt's talent way more than they did. I have honestly no clue what Mark is referring to.
  10. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    Hi everyone! In the unlikely event that any of you guys is still interested in the whole blink-182 Italia debacle and needs some closure as I did, here's a couple of tweets from Mark's recent Q&A on Twitter which settle the case. In a way, this interaction made that weird block-unblock story even more confusing. I scrolled through my Instagram all the way back to 2016 and all I could find were frequent posts supportive of Matt. I'll admit I sort of remember one post were I ranted about the state of the band for some reason and among other things blamed Matt for still relying on a teleprompter on stage, but it was an isolated case and I can't even find it right now. I'm genuinely curious about where Mark got that idea from. Oddly enough, last night Matt thanked me in Italian on Instagram for my support haha! All's well that ends well, I guess. Thanks for the guitar pick, dad!
  11. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    There's no language barrier. I never said my post was benign, but I don't believe it was "definitely offensive", either. When it comes to feeling offended, there is a wide margin of discretion. It is indisputable that different people are offended by different things. Kevin was correct in arguing that all I did was stating facts without giving any value judgement - on a side note, I'm genuinely looking forward to blink's next album, regardless of who the producers are. In that specific instance, since I am aware that blink's producer choices are a controversial issue, I tried to strike a reasonable balance between being informative and encouraging debate. I understand that it is not always easy to convey the subtleties of language in writing online, thus leaving room for misunderstanding. Sensitive people might easily feel called out in such a post. More thick-skinned people wouldn't care. Each individual can make of that post whatever he feels like making. You are definitely entitled to think that I failed to maintain a neutral stance. But all of this falls outside of the main point I was trying to raise, namely: 1) How did he end up on that post?; 2) Did it really bother him that much that he went out of his way to block us on two platforms? I agree with NotNow's first paragraph, which makes this whole situation even odder. Something still doesn't really add up, in my opinion. Since everything's back to normal, I'll write this one last reply to Oliver and then close this case once and for all. There's no better way to end this than with a reply to the most entertaining member of this community! First and foremost, I should start by saying that I was probably given undeserved credit, as that post wasn't explicitly addressed to Mark. It wasn't meant to be a "gotcha post" or anything. It was nothing more than a routine studio update within a broader explanatory context. This is what we do. Our mission is to update and entertain blink fans on a daily basis. We earned a moderately large following among other things because we put great effort into creating quality content, including informative news posts. I am aware that Mark takes all things blink to heart and, if this was the case, I believe that his disappointment was absolutely legitimate, as Speedo said. Perhaps, it was exacerbated by our friendly relations, which might have made such an admittedly ambiguous post even more unexpected to him. I concede that it might have been perceived as friendly fire in a sense, if you will. I'm sure he knows that some fans are not exactly ecstatic about this era and he surely doesn't need me to point that out. I mean, every post of his is inundated with haters. By contrast, I have been largely supportive of California. There is in fact a mystery here to the extent that I'm still struggling to believe that not only did he bump into an old post of ours by some sheer chance, decided to open it, and read our long-winded caption, but he was so enraged that he went as far as to look us up on a different website altogether with the sole purpose of blocking us. This is definitely not like Mark. But it's all over now, so I'll try not to think about it, even though I'll admit that this was still a hurtful experience.
  12. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    It looks like he just unblocked us on both Instagram and Twitter. I'm grateful, but still very confused. This is easily the weirdest thing that happened to us in almost ten years as a community. All's well that ends well, I guess. Thank you so much guys for taking your time to help me!
  13. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    That's interesting. We only tagged Mark, Matt, Travis, and blink-182. We did not mention either of the new producers they're working with. However, considering they're millennials who seem to be rather active on social media, I wouldn't rule out completely that maybe that Watt guy - whose work I like, just to be very clear - browsed Instagram to look for fan reactions to his involvement. Therefore, he might have brought it up after all. Thank you!
  14. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    I swear I'm trying my best to find a different explanation, but I'm really at a loss here.
  15. Italian Throwaway

    2018 "New Album News" Thread

    Yeah, sure, I'm not saying that Mark is not entitled to block whomever he wants, be it a serial hater or a loyal fan page. I don't believe Mark owes us any justification at all. But I'm sure you can empathize with our shock. As I said in my first post here, all I wanted to do is providing you guys with some more insight into this matter, as it was already being discussed, and maybe hear your opinions, as I hold you all in high regard. The first point you raised seems logical based on the information I provided you with, but I should have been more precise. I know for a fact that Mark is aware of our supportive stance beucase we have interacted multiple times in the comments to his posts. I wouldn't say that we get a preferential treatment - that would be a bit of a stretch. But he has liked our posts several times, he even went as far as to comment one of our posts unsolicited once, he used to like us on Facebook, he recorded greeting videos for us, and we met him on several occasions in Italy and in the US. As you can easily imagine, it would never cross our minds to criticise his work in person, whereas online it is our mission to support him! I'll admit that I have disagreed with some choices of theirs, but this is part of being a dedicated fan. I'm not sure this warrants a double block. But even if it does, I still find it weird that he, a world-famous rock star, decided to make an effort to find us on Twitter with the sole purpose of blocking us.
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