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“Don’t put people on a pedestal because they have no choice but to look down on you.”

I know I’m not really “in” with the Hoodlum crowd. I don’t consider myself a Hoodlum because I’m a little older than most of you and don’t participate in a lot of the things that happen in this bandom.

With recent events of fans saying they think the members of the Neighbourhood have changed in the past year in a negative way,
I thought I should put some of my thoughts into words.

First things first, yes people do change. In the past year I have changed, you have changed, we all have changed! It’s called growing and learning. Some people this is a negative effect and for some it’s positive. The thing is Hoodlums have made them how they are now. Treating them like gods when they aren’t. Think about it, why do members of the band feel the need to get high or drunk so much? There’s a reason for this shit. Through Twitter and Tumblr, Jesse has let it show that sometimes he doesn’t feel comfortable in his own skin. By observation of how Zach and Jeremy act, I feel like they’re the same way too. They just keep it inside more and not on a public platform. They are human with human tendencies and human emotions. They are not privy to special rock star powers of never being a victim of negative personality traits. “You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.” (Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club).

 I think Bryan said it best in his Tumblr post on 20 July 2014 entitled “It’s like Watching My Friends Poison Themselves.”  I think you need to stop worshipping them. Stop putting people above you because they will only look down on you.  You’re identity as a person is not this band. If you have let this band consume your life and self identity, then you will be left disappointed by something they say or do or don’t do.