Good evening and welcome to the 1st monthly FOMM Legend Award
When I found myself witnessing a conversation in General Random Thoughts
a few days ago, I knew this would be the project we all were looking for to revive FOMM and shake things up a littl bit. It was kind of like an epiphany and it all came together to me very quickly.
A round of PMs was all it took to set things off and it was great to have such an immediate positive response from some of the established veterans of the board, so I'm grateful to all of you who supported this project and hopefully will continue to do so.
As the inspiration behind this came from him, it felt like the right thing to have this iconic poster be the first of a long series of honorees. Michael, better known as LegendaryShade here, has been here for a long time and has established himself as a FOMM veteran over the years. Some days ago I had the pleasure to have a sit down PM interview with him and got to ask him a few questions. But first I would like to share some personal impressions about him.
I've always thought of him as a very intelligent guy, with strong opinions that he always shares in a thoughtful manner and the right amount of sass and attitude. He's always been gracious to me and over the 4 years I've been on the board he's grown to become one of my favorite posters. I think you'll see these traits in the replies he gave to me. Let's take a look:Q: When did you join FOMM?
A: I joined FOMM in 2005- though I was not one of those Emancipation era bandwagon jumpers! I'd been a fan of MC's for a couple years at that point.
Q: How did you know it existed?
A: Is it bad that I don't remember how I knew it existed? I believe it was through MariahDaily.com, but can't be totally sure.
Q: Do you remember your period as a newbie?
A: Again, my memory is shoddy at best, but I do have vague recollections. FOMM wasn't the first message board I'd been a member of but it definitely had its own unique vibe and culture. There were a lot more posters back then, I feel like, probably because it was such a high profile time for MC. It was definitely an exciting time to be a member. And we had the old system of posts in threads, which I miss to this day.
Q: Were you intimidated by other posters at first? Which ones?
A: Yes and no. Being a newbie anywhere is always intimidating in and of itself. There were many established posters I wouldn't mess with. But I didn't feel scared of anyone necessarily. David (mcflyingfree as he was known back in the day) has always terrified newbies here effortlessly, and I wasn't an exception- but I bet he'd agree that it didn't take long for me to start throwing shade right back at him haha.
Q: How do you think FOMM has changed over the years?
A: I think FOMM has become a bit more diverse, actually, even though we seem like we've gotten smaller in numbers. People are free to (and do) express any opinion they want on any subject, and usually do. Certainly the sass and shade levels have elevated a bit, and the invention of the gif obviously changed the course of FOMM forever. I'd like to say we have less trolls now although they're certainly out there lurking somewhere, just waiting for the next "advance single" to drop.
Q: Has your posting style/attitude changed over time?
A: When I first joined FOMM I was beginning high school, and as I type this I'm finishing college. I'd like to think my writing has become perhaps a tad more mature and sophisticated but it could also be the other way around. I've definitely gotten a bit snarkier over the years although I'm rarely directly mean to people. I try not to get dragged into the drama and personal attacks although sometimes they're impossible to avoid. After spending years on the board, you definitely get tired of certain topics and conversations so my posts have become a bit more short and clipped, especially in those areas. I have a filthy mouth which comes across in my writing (I prefer to use the term "refreshing bluntness.")
Q: What do you think is your legacy as a FOMM poster?
A: "I Was Here" started playing in my head as I answered this question...I think my legacy is fairly exemplified in the screennames I've had here. When I joined, I was rainbow1199- and I stanned for the Rainbow album like few have stanned for an album before. I got into countless arguments with nearly everyone. I think I liked standing up for the underdog, and of course, the album remains Mariah's campiest to date and I will always praise anything ridiculously over the top and camp. Eventually, I started growing out of that, and while I still love Rainbow, I no longer wanted it to be what defined me. Now, I'm known for, well, the legendary shade I throw LOL. I think/hope people respect my direct, no-bullshit style even if they don't always agree with my opinions. My fierce loyalty and devotion to both Lady Gaga and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps can definitely never be forgotten. At the end of the day, I am just having fun on here and I never take anything too seriously.
Q: Do you think there's anyone looking up to you?
A: I sure as hell hope no one is looking up to me. I mean, maybe? But I really doubt it. If people want to aspire to be as shady as me, well, good luck!
Q: What would your advice be to the new posters?
A: Sit down and shut up. No but seriously, I think new people should be encouraged to actively express themselves, as that makes them more memorable. It's also good to explore other areas of the board besides just the Mariah section. My favorite members on here are ones that I've shared fantastic discussions and debates with in the Other Artists or other off-topic sections as I feel like I know them a lot better.
Right after the break, we'll take a look at what other posters had to say about Michael. Don't go away!