Dade has now deleted ALL the posts he put up in an attempt to “move on” from this all. I would respect that more if there weren’t a couple of missing and mis-used elements to it all. Three things:
1. An apology for his harsh words about Wasabi Anime of Florida should be in his post somewhere. (I could care less what he thinks of me, but attacking a group without proper provocation is just sad.)
2. His attempts to misquote things he has deleted to attempt to make himself seem to look better. Here’s the facts, folks, pure and simple:
*** EXHIBIT A ***
DADE: “I mean, Tom is actually telling me I’m Hitler because I drive a VW! Now, really, people, you’ve gotta admit that was a pretty funny line that’ll have you scratching your head. Yes, even you, Tom!”
Actual Tom quote that Dade deleted:
“…INCLUDING the resurrection of Florida Anime which is a wonderful online community. It’s sad that you won’t be a part of them Dade because I was part of bringing them back. They speak highly of you… Maybe you should stop driving a Volkswagen since HITLER started the company. Same logic.”
Hmmm… never called you Hitler. Statement seems clear enough. Only one scratching their head in this circumstance is anyone reading this and is wondering how you could have misconstrued that so grotesquely.
*** EXHIBIT B ***
DADE: “I mean honestly, people, now that it’s a new day, don’t any of you feel the slightest bit silly for chasing around someone who was supposedly washed up and a has-been while blindly defending your friend?”
(Too much stuff to quote on this one. See my last entry for the complete deleted conversation… thanks Heather)
Actually, most of them were defending your harsh words about Wasabi Anime of Florida, Dade, not me. Those that DID come to my defense are an amazing breed of people that we normal folk call “friends.”
So should the fans feel silly for defending Wasabi, and should my friends feel silly for defending me? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Gary (being good people, and a friend of yours) did no less for you the situation.
*** EXHIBIT C ***
DADE: “I maintain that you would all probably like me in real life, because that’s how it always is.”
How could they not with such charming comments as:
DADE: “I am bouncer, enforced by Mappy himself when we talked on the phone a couple days ago, so I will make sure that at least ONE portion of anime in FL will be sans Tom Croom.”
DADE: “And if anyone of you even DARES to defend TOM’s shit, I’ll flatten you.”
DADE: “Then shut the fuck up!”
DADE: “And while I’m on the subject, if you know that you’re not one of my favorite people, stay out of my way at AFO. I will completely and utterly bury you.”
…just to name a few. I’m sure that many people WOULD have gotten along with you in the Wasabi circles. They are great people, and when you’re not being so pigheaded, you have some valid views on anime and the genre. The problem is you can never admit to a mistake and be a man about it. You couldn’t do it at AFO2, and your trying to obscure the facts now to worm out of it this time.
3. This comment:
DADE: To my credit, you can’t accuse me of being full of myself if *I* didn’t think anybody would read this outside of my friends. In a sense, I have to thank you all for making me feel kind of important. Because it showed me that even after leaving fandom, apparently people *do* still pay attention to what I say and I haven’t been relegated to ignore status.
Dade still didn’t get it… this wasn’t about you. It was about the club you chastised. You really aren’t that important.
Thus we close the curtain on the show, boys and girls.
Look at the clock: