Let's start the show!
Alright well you know I gotta be Mariah, because #b*tch is always late!
It’s time for the festivities to begin! We’ve reached the 11th edition of this ceremony and we’re back to honor one of the all-time greats himself, Mr. Mario, mcfan! I had a chance to sit down with Mario this week and conduct a very revealing interview. He has signed off on it, given it his stamp of approval and it’s time to get down to it, so let’s do the business…
Q: When did you join FOMM and how did you hear about it?
A: I joined the board in July 2008. I actually knew of FOMM thanks to Youtube. I was reading the comments on a Mariah video and saw these 2 people yelling at each others "This is not FOMM! You can't stan for your fav here!", so I was intrigued and I made a little search and signed up lol. And here I am!
Q: What are your most significant memories of the early days?
A: When I joined, 'I'll Be Lovin'U Long Time' (that jam!) was the current Mariah single. I remember reading through the airplay tracking threads without posting much for the first couple of weeks. Then, I started getting into arguments with David and Jason on how the Daydream album was her vocal peak I was very stubborn and sort of controversial from the start and I think that's what helped me stand out ultimately.
Q: How do you think FOMM has changed over the years and how does it compare to the early days?
A: Well, the biggest change I've witnessed over the past 5 years is surely the banning of CLoWhat a way to refresh the board!
Then, I think the only real change is the fact that there are less active posters. Back in 2008, it was way more crowded. More threads popping up (and it wasn't me starting them lol), more people expressing their opinions and I think there was also a bit less drama than there is now. Just a bit though, FOMM has a reputation for its drama!
Q: You’ve always been a member known both for your love of music and for your controversial posting style. When it comes down to it, what matters to Mario? What most brings out the passion in your writing about music and what is the takeaway message you want people to have about you from what you write on FOMM?
A: I love music and I love talking about it and that is one of the reasons why I joined the board. Whenever I open a new thread in the Other Artists section, I always hope it won't go unnoticed because I like to expose other people to an artist or a new album they might not know about and that is also why I usually start threads for the R&B acts that don't receive the same kind of promotion a mainstream Pop artist gets.
As for my posting style, I've said a lot of times I do it for fun and it's just a way for me to be silly. I actually care about the serious posts I type more, but I also understand how people can be confused by this kind of bipolarity lol. How can they take someone who one minute posts in "ratchetnese" and the other makes a well-written post seriously? So yeah it is controversial in that sense and it may turn people off, but I don't like to be serious all the time. I wanna have fun and I come to FOMM to distract myself from my real life (studying, responsibilities, etc.) so I may try to tone it down, but it won't go away. Sorry!
Q: The obligatory Housewives question -- what would your role be on The Real Housewives of FOMM: regular cast member, friend of the wives, or behind the scenes manager?
A: Carlos once defined me the Marlo Hampton of FOMM because I get involved in drama and messes of all sorts. Marlo was a friend of the wives, but I think I've earned my spot as a regular cast member at this point
Q: You stan for Beyonce (aka Beysus) just as hard as you stan for Mariah and you are not shy about it. How does wearing that on your sleeve impact the perception people have of you on the board?
A: Because I started stanning for Beyoncé about a year and a half after I joined the board, I think it was a drastic change. I went from being a newbie to a semi-respected poster to having the stigma of stanning for an artist who is not widely appreciated on the board way too quickly. This has definitely had a big impact on how people perceive me because, let's face it, the Beyoncé thread is pure drama and when you're always there you can't escape it. Stanning for her has put me in the middle of a lot of arguments and I know for a fact that some posters that used to respect me (and that I still respect a lot) now give me the side-eye frequently.
It's not really nice to know that my opinion has become less and less valuable because of it overtime, but I love her and the only thing I know I can do is avoid the drama and try to make her eras a great experience for me as a fan. Which I intend to do (I hope I can).
Q: Let’s talk frenemies and feuds. You’ve had quite a few over the years – with who have you feuded with and have they simmered or boiled over time?
A: Oh dear lol. Aside from the little arguments I've had here and there, I think the only one I can call a feud is the one with iMariah, merely because it lasted for long (with various digs and reprises). Now it's simmered down though, because we've both agreed to basically ignore each others and try our best not to take digs.
As for frenemies, I have this kind of love/hate relationship with seanjonmc. I've had him on ignore (even though I never put anyone on ignore because you never know what you're missing) and I know for sure he's had me on ignore but now we're at the point where we can quote each others just to diss someone else (as long as it's not Rihanna we're talking about)
Q: Some might say that there are two sides to your persona and that mcfan and Mario are not always perceived in the same way/fashion. In your eyes, what are the differences between the person that you are in your real life and the person you are on here? Let’s get down to the bare metal – who is Mario?
A: I am a regular person, I grew up and I still live in a very small town and I think that's influenced my habits. My life is very simple: I study, attend the University classes, I go out on the weekends with my friends and I'm mostly happy with it. I'm not really an open person, in fact I'm very reserved and shy especially with people I don't know. I've always had some troubles socializing because of this. I think my insecurities and overall distrust towards people I don't know well comes from the fact that growing up my peers used to make fun of me for my appearance, for always having good grades at school, etc. so I always feel like people are out there to judge me and I get very nervous. This also makes me cold and distant and unable to express my feelings, my friends even called me "iceberg" once. The internet definitely allows me to be more carefree. I'm less worried to be judged (even though I still care about it), that is probably why I act more exuberant on the board when I post. I am aware there's sort of a disconnect between my personality on FOMM and how I behave in real life. One thing I like is to feel supported, it gives me validation and makes me feel like my efforts are appreciated and not vain.
Q: Are there any posters who might be your real life friends?
A: YES! I think I could be friends with Jasper, Kevon and David as long as we kept Beyoncé out of the conversations lol; Michael, Mike, Queen Erica, Vinny, Carlos, Reenah, Jason, and you Rob, I'm glad we're getting to talk more Oh and I'd also like to meet Nike!
Q: You’ve introduced a lot of catch-phrases and words into the vernacular of FOMM that the rest of us have adopted. What are some of your favorites?
A: While I can't really take credit for them, I think I can say I'm to credit for bringing a lot of the expressions we have on the FOMM Glossary to mainstream exposure here.
And, while I wouldn't want them to be my only legacy here, the extensive use of GIFs is something I'm proud of. I don't really have favs, but the legendary Patti LaBelle ones are dear to my heart.
Q: What is your advice to new posters?
A: Join the board with the sole intention of honoring Mariah, her music and her legacy. The rest will come after, trust me. Be interesting, try to always bring something new to the table with your posts, try to have a personal style. And most of all, respect the veterans.
Follow these rules and in 5 years you'll be hailed as legends