Little Boy Blue

Ask Justin Furstenfeld if he's really mentally ill and be prepared to ride the whirlwind.

Indeed, on the very day I wrote to his camp to warn them of my misgivings, I read a brand-new Houston Chronicle profile in which Furstenfeld claimed to have suffered from depression his whole life and just happened to "drop" a bottle of prescription meds in front of interviewer Andrew Dansby.

All I wanted was to see what was in that bottle, or on that bottle's label. Is that so crazy? Is it the "douche move" so many of Furstenfeld's fans said it was? Would I do the same to, say, a cancer patient?

In a word, yes. If somebody is claiming to be ill, and it is not obvious that he is sick — if he is not missing a limb or suffering from open sores — you just never know. Only a few months ago, a Waco woman shaved her head to make it look like she had breast cancer, when all she really wanted was money to buy implants so she could be sexier for her soon-to-be ex-husband. You have to see proof.

...and basks in the glory of his selection as "Class Favorite."
...and basks in the glory of his selection as "Class Favorite."
Blue October's official band photos — such as these from the 2007 album Foiled...
Photos, Universal Music Group
Blue October's official band photos — such as these from the 2007 album Foiled...

But to really explain the origins of Furstenfeld's tirade, we need to rewind back to 2007. Back then, in my old position as Press music editor, I trashed Blue October's breakout single "Hate Me." I hated the creepy lyrics, such as "I have to block out thoughts of you so I don't lose my head / They crawl in like a cockroach leaving babies in my bed." I hated that it was supposed to be about his mom, and that she even appeared in the video, and that the video led ­viewers to believe that she had died before he could make amends to her. (In fact, Furstenfeld's mom is alive and well, four years after the video.) My extended review of the song was perhaps the most vicious piece I ever wrote.

Predictably, the piece struck a firestorm among the Blue Meanies, one of whom even sent me a death threat. Less predictably, others — old friends, schoolmates and associates of Furstenfeld's — said I didn't know the half of how obnoxious and fake Furstenfeld could be.

"I got a hell of a laugh out of your article about Blue October," wrote a High School for the Performing and Visual Arts classmate of Furstenfeld's named Jennifer Alexander. "There's more truth in there than the band would ever like to admit. Especially Justin. You see, the thing that no one realizes about him is that while he did go to HSPVA, he was never in the music department. Justin was a drama major — hence the overacting and the extreme melodrama. He's an actor, not a musician. He's always used the 'I'm crazy but deep and emotional' shtick to attract people. In high school he was hellaciously popular, though I could never see why. There's nothing about the man that's real."

Thanks to the Internet, letters like that one — which the Press printed in June of 2007 — continued to trickle in, and last fall I got two more from people who knew him quite well, but who didn't know each other. Each of them told similar things about Furstenfeld; each jibed in slightly different ways with what Alexander wrote in her letter. And neither wanted to be named in this article.

"Rachel" knew Furstenfeld through junior high and high school. Now living out of state, she was spurred to write when last fall, Furstenfeld canceled a mental health-themed headlining tour after he claimed to have had an "extreme mental anxiety attack" in the Minneapolis airport.

Rachel lives in another state, and heard the news from her mom. The tour was supposed to have been in support of people — especially teens and twentysomethings — who wrestled with depression, mental illness and suicidal thoughts, and Furstenfeld dramatically collapsed mere days before its launch.

Like Rachel herself, Rachel's mother remembered a vastly different Justin Furstenfeld. Back in the '80s and early '90s at Hamilton Junior High School (now Hamilton Middle) in the Heights and at HSPVA, they both remembered Furstenfeld as a rambunctious, very popular, happy-go-lucky, somewhat athletic ladies' man — hardly the poster boy for teen angst he portrays himself to be now that he is in his mid-thirties.

Rachel's mom simply did not buy the idea that there was anything seriously wrong with him. "She said, 'Oh my God, Justin didn't show up, because he had a nervous breakdown.' And my mom was laughing, and I was like, 'That's not funny, Mom.' And she was like, 'Yeah, it's kinda funny. You do a tour for depression and you can't do it 'cause you flip out.'"

And the more Rachel thought about it, the more she started to wonder herself. The image of Justin Furstenfeld she read about online was so vastly different from the teen she had known — she even remembers him as something of a schoolyard bully and cold-as-ice high-school heartbreaker — that she started questioning all that she thought she knew about other celebrities. And then she pondered Elliott Smith, the suicidal songsmith Furstenfeld has called a hero and claimed as a kindred spirit.

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rlerch120
rlerch120

Personal biases aside, u don't strike me as a very smart person. U just spent 8 pages trying to peg the author and lead singer of a band that has given, and is still giving hope, peace and sympathy to thousands of people around the world. I'm not sure exactly what you thought the outcome of this rant would be, but u certainly shouldn't have expected much more than hate mail from Blue October fans and people suffering from mental illness. The only true motive I can pull out of my butt for this article is to attempt to discredit a band that put out at least one song we know u hate, and in my experience most undeveloped people who hate, do so because not only do they not understand, but b/c they don't want to understand. History will tend to repeat itself, especially among human beings, and if we simply repeat, especially the mistakes in our history, we are doing nothing to better anything in life. Since u are offering nothing here to indicate u are interested in making ANYTHING better for anyone involved, I just don't see how u can expect anyone to see any kind of value in u as a journalist. Since u offer nothing here to indicate u are interested in bettering anything for anyone I know better than to waste time reading anything u have written or will write

rlerch120
rlerch120

Personal biases aside, u don't strike me as a very smart person. U just spent 8 pages trying to peg the author and lead singer of a band that has given, and is still giving hope, peace and sympathy to thousands of people around the world. I'm not sure exactly what you thought the outcome of this rant would be, but u certainly shouldn't have expected much more than hate mail from Blue October fans and people suffering from mental illness. The only true motive I can pull out of my butt for this article is to attempt to discredit a band that put out at least one song we know u hate, and in my experience most undeveloped people who hate, do so because not only do they not understand, but b/c they don't want to understand. History will tend to repeat itself, especially among human beings, and if we simply repeat, especially the mistakes in our history, we are doing nothing to better anything in life. Since u are offering nothing here to indicate u are interested in making ANYTHING better for anyone involved, I just don't see how u can expect anyone to see any kind of value in u as a journalist. Speaking as someone who has never heard of u b4 I can tell u I know better than to waste my time on anything else u have done or will do.

palong2010
palong2010

I would like to say personally I will never be able to understand people such as yourself as well oas others who say they went to school with Justin. First of all, does it really matter if his parents had good jobs, a beautiful home as well as a marriage that lasted 40 years??? Even if an individual grew up in a good home and had the " American Dream " lifestyle it does not mean they are not born with a chemical imbalance or even later in life end up having a mental breakdown. And really, who gives a shit how popular he was in high school, that has nothing to do with what the man went through for years and years in his life. As for a psychiatrist saying that someone with such disorders is usually put on a mood stabilizer, Geodon is a mood stabilizer as well as an anti-pyschotic, I would like to know where she got her degree. You people who do not suffer from any addictions or mental disorders should be thanking the good Lord above instead of asking someone to prove their mental illness to you. What a disgrace. When Justin mentioned karma, I couldn't agree with him more, and not in a threat by him or anyone physically harming you, pray that you don't ever end up with a mental disorder, sadly, most people cannot handle it and commit suicide. This article should never even have been written, you ought to be ashamed.

texasangel
texasangel

You must be one of the fortunate few to not have ever suffered from any type of mental illness. Kudos, Mr. Lomax. You've managed to continue the alienation of those of us who have/do through your obviously ignorant article. You are not worth my time and energy to defend myself or reveal my story, so I will leave it at that. Perhaps YOU need to spend some time among the mentally ill to truly understand.

ErinHutson
ErinHutson

Oh, honey. You are an arrogant, ignorant person for asking him that, and you've only dug a deeper grave with this article. Now go to your room and think about what you've done.

Natureboy
Natureboy

Well you douche nozzle nobody faggot reporter, here is your 15 minutes of fame that you would never have had if it werent for your arrogant article on a subject you know nothing about.  

Jray
Jray

I have ADHD and Insomnia to this day I have also suffered in the past from major depression and suicidal tendencies my father who took his own life was severely bipolar. I love this band I claim them as my favorite band. I have met many people who have coined Bipolar, ADD, ADHD, Insomnia, etc my list really goes on. I have also met many people who legitimately have these illnesses as well as schizophrenia. I can tell when people are being legitimate most of the time but there has been people who have fooled me quite well I dont think your request was unreasonable but I can also see how Justin was offended. I have also looked into psychology as an interest I am a very good judge of people, from what I have gathered from this article is that Justin does indeed have mental disorders and that could very easily cause him to project that they are worse than they actually are but even if what he does are charades for publicity they can all be traced back to the fact that he has mental issues. They cause him to act that way. Im not saying he does or does not have them as severe as he claims but that he does indeed have them, if not all or just some of them. 


I have also concluded that you are passive aggressive but that is mostly unrelated.

mmrw9
mmrw9

Thank you, Mr. Lomax. I see a lot of hateful comments on this article, and I just wanted to say that I appreciate the fact that someone isn't afraid to give their viewpoint even in the face of opposition. Personally, I adore Blue October's music. Their beautiful lyrics have had a profound impact on me. Even so, I thank you for writing this article in such a professional manner. It seems to me that Mr. Furstenfeld DOES have issues based upon his violent responses to your questions. Whether his behavior is caused by a mental disorder, I cannot say for sure. He's certainly struggling with SOMETHING though. I attribute it to the inner demons that I believe every human being struggles with, some more than others obviously. Was your request to see his medication out of line? In a way, yes. Nevertheless, it's an understandable request.

I thank you once again for your viewpoint in the matter. This nation is built upon creative individuals who aren't afraid to give voice to their thoughts or opinions. The minute we start condemning people who are different or who hold different values or opinions than us is the minute this nation becomes nothing more than a land full of blind, cookie cutter sheep.

Rebekah
Rebekah

Argh, I can see the issue from both sides. As a human being, your demand
is very easily seen as out of line. As a reporter, on the other hand,
perhaps it was necessary.

scribbles412
scribbles412

we are told it's all in our heads. As I lay dying at 17 years old, my mother is yelling at me "just think happy thoughts." I'm a constant battle. I have been wrongly diagnosed for years.  What would make a person fear constantly? Something is wrong with me.  Doctor's don't have a label to put on me. So what happens is I start doubting myself. Am I crazy? Am I selfish? But, see this Mr. Lomax, I am a firefighter. I am a Paramedic. I have witnessed everything that most people would not look in the face. People run out, while I'm running in. Because, I have come to the conclusion, I cannot save myself. If left alone with my mind, I will surely destroy it by any means possible. I put my uniform on so I can mourning for the last person who has no family. Hold the hand of a dying Cancer patient as their last breath escapes.  I cry so hard for the murder and rape victims that " were in the wrong place."  If you knew me in high school, everyone liked me. I was "likeable." Every day I would go home and drink myself until I couldn't feel anymore. Then I started Cutting. See, Mr. Lomax. Psychotic break happen as you become an "adult." The ages of 16-19 are when most psychotic breaks happen. So Justin could have had a "normal" School life. I fight like hell everyday to hide it all. Ignorant statements like the ones you display here are the reason I don't always seek help. I'm already at war in my own mind, why the would I give it anymore ammunition?

kookyspooky23
kookyspooky23

wow, what an article. I would assume you know nothing of the mentality a mental state of mind can do to an individual. You claim to be a writer, yet I know from all the negative feed back you get feeds into your creditability somehow. In any case, I would prefer not to be a writer if my main criteria was to bash someone for a state of health they are in. Asking for documentations on such a matter is like asking someone to hang themselves for no apparent reason at all. Being able to construed such an attempt should be punishable, but I am assuming in your case, you have all you want.  You are getting a whole new type of feed back to publish, not just from angry fans, but from people who relate to the same types of illnesses Justin portrays in his music. How do you think this makes them feel? How do you propose to explain to someone's family that you do not believe anything is wrong with them, so proof of the mental anguish is necessary. Obviously you have never traveled down the road of any type of health problems. I would be upset if someone asked me for my health records, and that is not including my mental health records. In any case, I hope all this feed back helps with your publishing status. Maybe you should write on how crud people can be, such as yourself. You are, by the way, one in a million.

Lisapoutre
Lisapoutre

The stigma of mental illness is perpetuated by people who do not have it, understand it, and can not even fathom what it is like to have one. I have schizo-effective disorder and I to in manic phases presented very well and normal. Unless you have personally gone through it you will never know what hell your mind can bring you through. To ask for proof that someone has an illness is ridiculous, it is so hard to get to recovery and that itself fluctuates, what Justin is doing by bringing up mental illness is throwing out a life line to so many people who think they are alone as well as breaking through the stigma that surrounds the illnesses. What you have done in asking for proof is just another sign of ignorance about this. So many people for so long hide and try to present a so called normal front to everyone because of people like you who can and will never grasp the torture it is. Who do you think you are to ask someone you don't even know to present some of the most personal, traumatic information, so you can parade it or twist it to your own ends. Thank God Justin is reaching out to so many people and sharing his experiences because he is saving people through his own experiences, something you will never ever grasp, People like you won't be satisfied until people like me and Justin who have an illness is stamped with our numbers across our heads and paraded before you with an official notice of our complete lack of saneness, and that shows you how little you know about mental illnesses because some of the most brilliant people have had a mental illness and have lived full productive lives in spite of it. You are promoting the stigma that people who have an illness are all this or that and that we need to prove the hell we have and continue to go through. Justin did the right thing by not wasting his time with you.

Tmeyer09
Tmeyer09

You are not his doctor. You are not family. You are not a friend. You are someone who is expected to keep a professional demeanor and be respectful since you are expecting an interview from him. You have no business writing about something so personal, something you have no ownership of (if he wants to write about it, that's fine, it's his business...but it's not yours). He doesn't have to prove himself to you, just as you wouldn't feel obligated to prove yourself to him. In short, you're an inconsiderate, insensitive, presumptuous ass.

Krwilliams1978
Krwilliams1978

My Father suffers form Bi-Polar disorder. I have been dealing with it for over 30 years. A person who suffers from Bi-Polar usually has the ability to "look" happy-go-lucky to an untrained eye. All of the things that have been discribed about him as a teenager are signs of a manic episode. Also the fact that the stories vary is a sign of the illness. My Father can tell three different versions of the same story in the same day. While I do not know if Justin Furstenfeld is Bi-Polar or not, the way that you are questioning it makes me sick. The point is mental illness is something that should be talked about, more people should try to educate themselves. He is doing a great thing in bringing awareness to the subject.

Skynex
Skynex

The first time I heard the song Weight of the World I cried. I don't usually listen to lyrics but those jumped out at me. I truely felt that way. I was diagnose bi polar 16 years ago. A lot of the lyrics speak to me. Nobody truly understands what it's like to be bi polar unless they are bi polar too. You don't know what it's like to see yourself act certain ways that aren't really in your nature. He definitly has an understanding for depressed or bi polar emotions. If I was irritable and you asked for my rx I would blow up on you too. Even if it seems like something small it can trigger a huge reaction with someone that is bi polar. When you said that in his junior high school years he seemed happy go lucky, did those people see him when he was alone? That happy go lucky persona can come out but the depressed emotions can be lurking just below the surface. A lot of times I do that at work. When you said that doctors don't prescribe anti depressants for bi polar, just a mood stabilizers. I am prescribed both. Lamictal and cymbalta. And if you try to argue that I'm on a mood stabilizer already, my doctor tried to take me off it but that didn't work for me. Everyone is different. It took 18 months to get the right meds and dosages to level me out. It's not an easy or straight forward process. My friend Aaron appeared to be very happy, he was always laughing and hanging out with tons of friends. He was athletic good looking and had lots of pretty girls after him. All that going for him couldn't beat the demons he battled when he was alone. He hung himself last year. After reading your article I can't say I side with you. I can see him having bi polar. I'm not a doctor by any means but Ive battled bi polar for 16 years and I have a way better understanding then you do. People with bi polar are hard to understand, it makes life very hard. I'm not upset with you, just giving my opinion.

Dee Just Dee
Dee Just Dee

Sounds to me Mr.Lomax that you are just throwing jabs at Justin pissed off because you didnt get your interview. Do you know him personaly? You have no right to judge people based on other peoples opinions. I would like to see your written documentation that proves there is nothing wrong with Justin. You should be checking to see if your own hands are clean before laying judgement on someone else. Karma is a big angry bitch and she loves people such as yourself. I too am obviously a Big Blue Meanie..You sir are with my utmost respect..A Douchebag!! A Used up useless douchebag at that!! Signed;Another Blue Meanie

Dee Just Dee
Dee Just Dee

Sounds to me Mr.Lomax that you are just throwing jabs at Justin pissed off because you didnt get your interview. Do you know him personaly? You have no right to judge people based on other peoples opinions. I would like to see your written documentation that proves there is nothing wrong with Justin. You should be checking to see if your own hands are clean before laying judgement on someone else. Karma is a big angry bitch and she loves people such as yourself. I too am obviously a Big Blue Meanie..You sir are with my utmost respect..A Douchebag!! A Used up useless douchebag at that!! Signed;Another Blue Meanie

Tina
Tina

I have struggled with mental illness for as long as I can remember. When I first heard Hate Me I actually cried because I have never had a song touch me the way that song did. I also agree with other people that posted " you can't understand what someone with mental illness is going through unless you've been there and had to deal with all the shit that comes with it. I like Blue October's music and JF has a great voice. That being said I have wondered myself if JF does suffer from mental illness. His lyrics seem to be very sincere and honest but I have read some of the articles where he tells different stories about his mental illness. I also thought him telling this reporter " If someone said you suck cock on the weekend wouldn't you want to know who it was" Was a mean and insensitive thing to say since a lot of LGBT teens suffer from mental issues due to the harrasment and everything else they have to deal with. This wouldn't even be an issue if he wasen't famous. I guess it boils down to this. If your in the public eye you are going to be picked apart more then a normal person. In my opinion JF should just show this dude his RX bottle if he truley suffers from mental illness. It does appear sometimes he is using mental illness to create a image for himself to appeal to a certain crowd. I personally don't know if he is or not. I'm just stating my opinion on different sources I have read from. The guy is a talented musician and I feel he could still be an activist for mental ilness even if he doesen't suffer from it.

Clara Del Real
Clara Del Real

I´m bipolar and let me tell you "hate me" talks about something I have felt, its not about the dead of her mother, for me its about hating the pain you cause to someone when you are not well. I have no doubt he IS bipolar and thats because he has been the only singer who has put in word the feelings me and my group of terapy have talked about. Its because of people like you that its so hard at first to accept and get help for this kind of sickness, you should be really ashamed!!! I´ve been in treatment almost half of my life (thankfully) but just because my mom is a therapist. I cant imagine how horrible it must be to have a family that doesnt want to understand that this IT IS a sickness even if it doesnt show. And I do hate people that dont understand and want proof when its non of their bussiness. Can you imagine telling something that is so tabu (sadly) to everyone and have to show proof while you are falling deeply in depresion????? If you haven´t lived with this sickness you should just shut up and try to learn moron

Brittanyk4326
Brittanyk4326

He was writing music a long time ago and I highly doubt if you think you're going to come up with a sweet new band you're gonna be like hey I should pretend to be a whiny crazy asshole. I'm pretty sure you would go with the cool route.

Amanda_stoker
Amanda_stoker

There are people out there who have been through what he has. I guess that's why we understand and you don't.

TK
TK

He was probably known for being that way in his early school days because of the manic/hypomanic phase of the illness, dipshit. I've personally experienced mental health problems (psychotic depression with bipolar traits, if you fancy getting technical) during my teens, and have since recovered, having recieved therapy and medication (namely Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Sodium Valproate brand named "Depakote" if you require further evidence) , and I'm now training to be a mental health nurse. Now, you're a reporter. A journalist. A blogger, even. So, what the fuck qualifies you to question anyone's mental health and state of mind in such a way? Shouldn't you be off stalking Paris Hilton, or trying to sniff Katy Perry's knickers? Yeah, I will grant you, sometimes it isn't outwardly obvious, because you can't see mental illnesses, but you don't go around questioning it in such a blunt, blase' fashion. That is rude, ignorant, and to the individual suffering from the mental illness is going to find that monstrously offensive, funnily enough. And believe me, that is coming from personal experience. Imagine if your mother died, and you were opening up to a friend about it, and their response was "Really? Can I see the death certificate? Because I think you're making it up". Or if you were diagnosed with a terminal cancer, and none of your friends believed you when you told them. You'd go ape shit, wouldn't you. And of course his old classmates are going to be bitchy and cynical; they probably only knew him on the surface, so only saw the outward behavior of hypomania or being difficult to deal with, and are most likely bitter that he's done pretty well for himself in life, seeing as he's a successful musician and spokesman for anti-suicide groups and more, despite his various difficulties. For future reference, don't go around saying things like "I don't think you're mentally ill" and then post a bitchy (and somewhat poorly written) attempt at a dissertation because (unsurprisingly enough) that person and those involved with them got the arsehole with you, and because you didn't like a song that they wrote prior to this. It really is people like you that make people with mental health problems feel ashamed, repressed, and as if it is wrong to speak out in regards to their issues, and continue to make that topic taboo. Do us a favor and get some perspective and ditch the white, upper-middle class, sheltered "holier-than-thou" attitude that your uneventful upbringing instilled in you.

Imachillifilli
Imachillifilli

I have a mental illness, do you want my proof too? Why would you ask for proof anyways? It's a very touchy thing to talk about. The only person who really knows about mine is my husband, and he got me through a lot. Justin is my hero for being open enough to the world about it. And you saying "I don't believe you're mentally ill " is one of the worst things you can say to someone who is. Personally, I would have said a big ol' "Fuck you" too! You're a jerk.

Funny Stuff
Funny Stuff

The most awesome thing is that there are more people that 'Like' the 'We hate John Lomax' Facebook page than actually like John Lomax's own Facebook page.

Ciera
Ciera

Wow. You're really are a sick asshole and seem to enjoy putting people down. Just because people seem happy on the outside doesn't mean they don't have problems. Most people that end up with mental diseases are the ones you least expect. They're the ones who have everything set up for them but can't handle the pressure. He could have been a heartbreaker because he was too guarded to get involved. He might've bullied people to let out his own frustrations. He might be smiling and popular because he had things he felt he had to hide. The reason you write this shit about him is because you are an ASSHOLE. Also, it pays the bills. I bet you just love it when people write back to you and call you names. When you get a death threat you just revel in the fact that someone knows you're name. To put it simply, you're just jealous that you could never express emotions and problems the way Justin does. You may be a writer but you can't write, all you can do is bitch. You're a sorry fuck and a loser.

Joe Carroll
Joe Carroll

Just realized something... The reason this guy get's cover stories like this, is specifically BECAUSE he incites people. Think about it - with a "hater" article, he gets readers from BOTH sides of the coin, fans and people who dislike the band! Then, to add insult to injury, the story lives on, getting more attention (and more web hits and advertising dollars) as we all flock to the website to complain or support him.

Next time, just ignore this hack - or better yet, boycott the paper. I can tell you, I certainly won't be coming back (not even to see the replies to my posts) !

Joe Carroll
Joe Carroll

Ya know what ? There's more to Justin's lyrics and Blue October's music than just mental illness. Are you going to start questioning his history of drug abuse or his relationship trauma next ? Personally, even though I have people close to me who suffer from mental illness (and suspect I may even be bi-polar, despite a diagnosis), it was the OTHER things he writes about that drew me to his music. It's also quite possible that these other struggles he's had TRIGGERED his mental illness, or at the very least caused trauma to him that makes him identify with those suffering from mental illness. Did you ever think about that ?

arodthesaint
arodthesaint

you are a pretty lousy person to tell someone who is mentally ill they have to prove it to you. who are YOU to that gives you the right to makes statements like that and then blow it all up saying "oh my goodness he freaked out because i asked something rude, over the top, and not any of my business". honestly, what reaction did you expect?

Sw33ttart
Sw33ttart

Whoever wrote this is an ass and should be fired. This is unprofessional, uncalled for, and why would you ask him that question?! That is a personal thing that doesnt have to be discussed if they dont want it to be.

P.S. if you are going to call us names come up with something better then Blue Meanie.

a1staek
a1staek

You're easily the biggest jerk of a writer I've ever seen.

Michael
Michael

This is easily the most unprofessional and vindictive article I have ever read in my life. I am always amused at how some writers feel that people have to 'prove' something to them. Who are you to make such demands? You are nobody. Your article speaks more about your own ego than it does to Justin's. You got what you wanted, attention. So how does that make you any better or different than your accusations against Justin?

The thing that stand out to me the most is your comment that "This story could have gone a lot of ways". I will actually agree with you on that one, but I think you can look in the mirror for the blame. You assume that you are right about Justin making up his mental state, and that is why you chose to immediately attack him. Justin doesn't 'owe' you anything, and if you would have put your own arrogance aside and realize that, this interview might have gone a different direction.

Blue October's music has meaning and that itself makes it better than 75% of the songs that are written today. Where that 'meaning' comes from doesn't much matter, and Justin certainly doesn't have to justify it to you. That 'meaning' has probably helped many people get through a tough time in their life, and that alone has value. Maybe you can explain what positive was to come from this ridiculous diatribe?

Dorellyfashion
Dorellyfashion

I believe YOU made yourself look bad with this article....wow 8 pages....how do you sleep at night?

Dorellyfashion
Dorellyfashion

Your article a exhausting! You must really hate Justin! I wonder what he ever did to you? Its great what he's doing....what are you doing? I know, writing a hater article...that is making you look bad. That is one thing you must not know about mental illness, I've had it since forever...and no one knew. It was my secret. I was thought of the happy popular girl in High School....I didnt need to dress or act EMO to show my depression....its an internal thing. Most mentaly ill patients hide their illness...specially eating disorder patients as you must know....its great that he is speaking out. You need to do more research on mental illness and stop all this hater writing....plus he's from Houston...way to show support to a home guy! NoT

Chris Bowker
Chris Bowker

What an idiot you are! You don't understand mental illness or Justin Furstenfeld! Great journalism FUCKTARD!!!

Alisha Laferriere
Alisha Laferriere

first off i have mental illness and i was happy go lucky and highschool to. and you know what it didnt hit me hard until my early 20's and i was a mess and still am i suffer from major depression PTSD with pyscotic features and it really didnt hit me till then you know why? because your brain isnt fully developed till then. i beleave he did get hospitalized and you know the thing about his mom could have been mediforical i think also the fact he didnt wanna show you his meds is his right your not a doctor and to exsploit that makes you a horrible person. all he does is try to help those like him . he isnt proud of it and i think your doing all this just cause he called you out honestly on your BS and you just dont like the band get over it he is my hero and his music has gotten me through so much you cant see a physical ailments of mental illness but it is very hard to get through and people like you who do not suffer from it would have no idea what its like. he makes me feel like i am not alone and just so you know he did do those anti suicide concerts still.I would know i went to one.do more research before you start judging people please cause you make all of us with mental illness look like liers.

Bluefan
Bluefan

Mr Lomax,You have NO right to ask for a Rx from anybody....who the F do you think you are? That is private information, nobody should have to disclose....You have NO IDEA what you are talking about and fortunately nobody you know is afflicted with mental illness.....you wait, your tie will come when somebody close to you will be struck with depression, bipolar, anxiety, etc....and then I want you to read your article, you ignorant person. You know what, you are not worth my time....

Chimera
Chimera

Ok, Now this is actually in relation to a link, I deeply resent you implying "blue meanies" (your the only person I have heard use this term so maybe it is a local thing) are ignorant, stupid, or crazy. All this does is feed the view that you do indeed have a personal issue with Justin or the band and are using your position to grind that ax. You are welcome to question a public figures claims I believe, you are welcome to not understand a musical preference of another (someone explain to me the appeal of muse, or the black keys, or lady gaga) but you should not attack someone on a personal level because they like to listen to or find significance where you do not.

I like blue octobers music (although I am now deeply interested in having all the articles you cited as a way to show his inconsistencies, given enough time I will find them if they exist) but my relation to this particular bands lyrics does not in any way diminish my ability to think, be rational, or behave within societies acceptable perimeters.

"And this anonymous reader wanted the Post -- the home of Woodward and Bernstein -- to weigh in on my journalistic ethics. (Okay, I'm not sure why she's asking the humor columnist about this, but that's those crazy Blue Meanies for ya.)"

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/...

guestt
guestt

Ok, Now this is actually in relation to a link, I deeply resent you implying "blue meanies" (your the only person I have heard use this term so maybe it is a local thing) are ignorant, stupid, or crazy. All this does is feed the view that you do indeed have a personal issue with Justin or the band and are using your position to grind that ax.

"And this anonymous reader wanted the Post -- the home of Woodward and Bernstein -- to weigh in on my journalistic ethics. (Okay, I'm not sure why she's asking the humor columnist about this, but that's those crazy Blue Meanies for ya.)"

guestt
guestt

Ok, Now this is actually in relation to a link, I deeply resent you implying "blue meanies" (your the only person I have heard use this term so maybe it is a local thing) are ignorant, stupid, or crazy.

Afanofboth
Afanofboth

I agree with most of these comments that say you have a personal vendetta against Justin, it does kind of read like that, but that doesn't mean you aren't 100% right. I have always thought that Justin's personal struggles as reported in many articles were a little shady. I think he seems sort of selfish and phony and very contradictory. I think that there is something wrong with him, just not what he wants everyone to believe. When it comes down to it though I still love his music. I am a Blue October fan, I've bought the CD's, shirts, gone to the concerts, etc. I think that is what it should always come down to-the music. And that is a totally different subject, people will like it or they won't, to each their own. I think that this article should inspire more questions though and it would be nice if it inspired some truth. The comments make me sad, people can't see passed their own bias to even think about what you are saying. I hope I never become that blind. I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed this article.

BlueFan1973
BlueFan1973

@Lisapoutre Fantastic post! You said everything I wanted to say.

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

Ummm, no. 1700 people like me on Facebook, and about 30 of the people on my hate page are my friends and family who joined as a joke.

Joe Carroll
Joe Carroll

Hey now...don't go bashing on Muse ! If I had to choose a favorite band, it'd be a toss up between them AND Blue October. I've also met them, and they're great guys (as well as Blue October).

mbelishme
mbelishme

@Afanofboth I am curious to know how you can be a fan of both (which in and of itself does not have to be mutually exclusive) and actually enjoy THIS specific article. In my mind, that's like watching your friend bully a disabled person until he gets kicked in the balls and falls to the ground singing Ave Maria. While you laugh and clap and cheer them both on. I am a Blue October fan, and I had never heard of John Lomax until he wrote about this incident. That's not surprising since this is a local paper and I live in another state. It's a calculated move to expose your own ego, inadequacies, and jealousy by writing an article to rip someone down.

AmberDawn89
AmberDawn89

Ha! There ARE more people that hate him than like him. That's awesome: We hate John Lomax page: 164 like this John Nova Lomax page: 137 like this And, to John Lomax himself, you claim that 1700 like you, but I just saw with my own eyes that you're full of shit. Would you like to PROVE that you have 1700 likes on your page? Would you also like to PROVE that "about 30" of the people on your hate page are family and friends? How do you know they didn't tell you it was a joke, so you wouldn't question their motives? How do you really know that they don't hate you behind your back? You don't because, just like with Justin Furstenfeld, you can't see what's going on in people's heads and hearts. I really can't even believe you wrote this article, thinking that anyone would take your side. It amuses me because it shows your ignorance and discredits most of what you have to say. You're mad because you didn't get your interview. Boo hoo. Go write an actual story about an actual interview you got, and maybe you'll actually earn some credibility to have a legitimate career someday. Oh, and you're terrible with grammar. You missed several commas throughout your article. Get an editor, if you want to be taken seriously.

Johnkrecklow
Johnkrecklow

What is the point of writing or creating a piece of work that no one respects. I'm pretty sure I'm thirty comments in and no one has said a positive thing about your judgmental article. Man God is the true judge. I don't care what you believe, when you have to answer to him someday this is going to come up.

 
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