No worries, Ha, yeeaah, it was a lot, but I am glad that you replied with your views about what I said so I can clarify some things further if others feel that way too. I tried to be very clear that I understand from what Joe said and I believe him and feeling I have a pretty good grasp of his character I feel his motivations were innocent and whoever is shit talking his person based on his decision to sell a bootleg, should chill, as we all make decisions that can result in things we may not realize at the time. That was really one of the only personal views I expressed, besides everything else, I wanted it to be heard that I also understand where Joe was coming from initially and the hate is nonsense … No it shouldnt matter who it is (I was not purposely singling out Joe other than him being a part of the actual situation I was responding to), but by selling something that you put your personal touch on you gotta agree that you are saying it’s okay, that’s just how it is. I understand there are gray unknowns, but people only know what they are presented with and when your opinions have weight, regardless of the media or field, when you have a large fan base, there’s a greater chance for others to follow suit however they interpret it, thus there an influence of opinion, regardless of Joe’s motivations, and where those same people may scoff at the idea with a passionate stance if their Grandma was to express something along similar lines. That’s just how it always goes and why the same people who may bash an artist doing it that they’re not a fan of will come to the defense of the same exact actions from their favorite artists, and they won’t even realize they’re doing it necessarily and justify it differently. It’s not about “come down on Joe” and I actually have zero hard feelings of any nature here (and that’s why speaking on it really sucks , especially involving Joe in a thread with the word scumbags in it, cause he’s so not a scumbag). I think those that are belittling his character are going too far, BUT I hear why they’re upset , because he was the 1 who made that decision around something where much passion exists. And where so much emphasis seemed to be being put elsewhere and even blaming those for feeling some kind of way when that’s how it’s always been in these parts and a focus many believe most sofubi artists share, so people are going to be upset, it doesn’t matter what we even think is realistic or not, my main focus in what I struggled to find the words for was trying to relay what didn’t seem like was being heard about why the reasons for their feelings are justifiable. It is something people feel very strongly about in this community, and for many valid reasons that have been important to collectors and artists for a long time, so I get it. If it was any of those other artists you mentioned, or anyone I’m very close with, I would have written the same, as I did not mean to come across like I was bashing anyone and only meant to offer some clarification from what I was seeing and just wasn’t witnessing. And of course, you’re right 100% Robert, the same should apply to everyone, but unfortunately just like with this and any passionate situation where there’s a large fan base, a fence will be constructed and there will be pitchforks and there will be praise and equal standards will go out the window for many. There will always be bias and all we can do is try to uphold our own. If someone in my family does something I feel some kind of way about, I try to be the same as I would if someone I have no relationship did the same something. Yeah, it’s long again. I’ll leave it there. I spoke on this way more than I intended but considering what I wrote must have come across differently than that intention, which I never want, I hope I explained now a little better on what I was trying to say the first time. Yeah, comprehension, big struggle here too. Anyway, hope you had a nice new year out your way, brodiddly, and here’s hoping this next year kicks the last one’s ass. Too much heartache last year. There’s definitely so many things more important than this topic, but I still feel there’s validity in the need for people to talk about it and it’s been damn interesting to hear so many viewpoints.