Being Male is becoming more and more Difficult.
The pic you see below is the reason I stopped “Supporting Female Artists” on Instagram…..actually, why I stopped posting AT ALL on Instagram. If Jodi were the first one that I wasted my time on it’d be an entirely different story and I certainly don’t blame her for the End Result, but as you’ll hear me say HUNDREDS of times, “Google is a Wonderful Source of Information”. You can find a Phony in Seconds with the click of a single button. If the ONLY place you find them is on Facebook, Alarms should go off in your head. You can also Confirm that someone is legit in just a matter of a click or two.
Jodi is an amateur photographer and her pics were nothing short of Wonderful. While not Brilliant, they were well on that track so I did what I’ve been doing for years; I posted a short “bit” on her, asked that a couple of my friends who are well connected in the photography and publication business check out her work and as so many pros are quitting Facebook AND Instagram, I posted on her Twitter page as well so she could be Found. I made very sure to LIKE the pic of her and her Boyfriend, always a righteous Concern of any Woman who’s being hammered by Classless Pigs on Social Media ... especially since Trump made that particular format not only popular but also “OK” in the minds of MANY Men. 🤔
Being VERY Clear, I wrote or did absolutely nothing the least bit Weird or Threatening....I NEVER do. In fact, I have a long list of Female Artists who’ve written to me, both thanking me and asking me to “Feature them”. I never “Feature” anyone. Feature is just another word for Bullshit….quite similar to actually BUYING friends and Followers on Social Media…..or “Following” someone, waiting for them to “Follow You” back…..and then “Unfollowing” them so you have numbers which YOU think make you look Famous. Marketing people like myself see RIGHT THROUGH that bullshit. Anyone who thinks that way is an absolute Moron….a Dope….an Idiot.
To Wrap things up, I called in some Bigshots to take a look at Jodi’s work. Two of them, both quite capable of getting Jodi’s pics published, did respond….and one very dear friend made an acute observation. “Rich, you DO know that Jodi has you blocked, yes?” I did not. My Bad. While a bit embarrassing for me it’s not the first time that being a Nice Guy has ended up with Me chewing heartily on a Mouthful of Crow…..and it probably won’t be the last. While Blocking me may have made perfect sense to Jodi….for whatever the Reason, we both lose. I look bad in front of business associates….and, in the words of Seinfeld's Soup Nazi…..”Sorry Jodi, No Soup for You!” Am I Angry? Nope. Disappointed.
When I was on Facebook, long a thing of the past for any sensible and informed humanoid, I had 5003 friends….and 4 thousand and some odd other people Blocked….mostly for being Gun Toters, Men with Female Profiles (much bigger than you can imagine) or for blatantly harassing Women. Might some of those I Blocked been purely innocent and I miscalculated or caught them on a bad day? Perhaps…..we’ll never know…will we?
Bass-ically Yours, Rich Briere