[artist id=”1235716″]Fall Out Boy[/artist] are quite happy to be the cover stars of the February issue of Blender magazine. The article that accompanies that cover? Well, let’s just say they have a slightly different opinion of that.
“The Blender article is pure bullsh–,” FOB drummer Andy Hurley wrote on his Twitter account late Tuesday. “It’s sensationalist bullsh– made up to sell a story. It’s [full of] out-of-context quotes.”
So what seems to be the problem? In addition to the “out-of-context” quotes, the band — or, more specifically, Hurley and frontman Patrick Stump — seems to have two main issues with the Blender story, which hits newsstands on January 13. The first is the tone of the piece, which paints bassist Pete Wentz as a paranoid, pill-popping narcissist. The second is the fact that writer Josh Eells included several scenes that, according to Hurley and Stump, never happened.
Take, for example, Eells’ first meeting with Hurley, which takes place in a dressing room on the set of the “America’s Suitehearts” video. Eells writes that Hurley is watching a Green Bay Packers game and “feeling suicidal” because his beloved team is losing. According to the article, when kicker Mason Crosby misses a game-winning field goal, Hurley “slams his iPhone onto the table, gets up and, without a word, starts punching the metal door frame, and doesn’t stop for 45 seconds.”
Of course, Hurley maintains that never happened.
“I never hit a door for 45 seconds. I may have been yelling, like all my friends and I do, but if I did anything that crazy, it was as a joke,” Hurley wrote. “That is total bullsh–. I would never slam my iPhone, and I never punched a metal door frame for any time. Yeah, I’m totally going to kill myself over a football game.”
Stump, for his part, seems less angered by the Blender piece as he is bemused by it, particularly a section in which Eells quotes the FOB frontman as saying that he decided to quit the band after a fight with Wentz in Australia.
“Did I quit the band? Did I say what appeared in the article? Of course. But followed immediately by it was something to the tune of this: I quit, until I started writing my solo songs and I realized how much I need him. My songs sucked without Pete and they were less fun to write,” Stump wrote MTV News in an e-mail. “I love the guy, he’s my best friend, and I realized that for all the decisions I’d ever gotten mad at him about, I likely would’ve done exactly the same in his position. I quit the band (as we all have, by the way, that’s part of being in bands) and when I returned I resolved to keep doing this as long as all four of us were having fun.”
Stump also said that while his quotes were taken out of context (or, as he put it, “spliced”), the thing that bugged him the most about the piece was the writer’s portrayal of Wentz.
“As for the article, as I had hinted at before, I found it an objectively well-written (if plotless) thing … It’s an entertaining article that manages to take its hero from the heights of superstardom to the depths of narcissism,” he wrote. “But it never redeems him and it does so at the cost of fact. [Plus], at the end of both my and [guitarist] Joe [Trohman]’s quotes you can almost hear the context fading in the distance … If only we had had that media training! We would know how better to fabricate pull quotes!”
Wentz and Trohman did not respond to requests for comment on the article.
When reached for a comment on the band’s accusations, a spokesperson for Blender told MTV News, “We stand by our reporting. Anyone who reads the entire article will see that it is not only fair but essentially positive.”
This is the second time in less than a year that a Blender cover star has taken issue with the magazine’s reporting. In a May 2008 feature on Alicia Keys, the singer was quoted as saying that gangsta rap was a ploy created by the government “to convince black people to kill each other” and that “Tupac and Biggie were essentially assassinated.”
Keys issued a statement saying that her comments were “misrepresented” and that the magazine portrayed her in a manner that was “too radical and too dramatic a departure from whom I have continually demonstrated myself to be.”