Hypocrisy: the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have.
There exist a large number of conditions wherein someone could conclude that Felice is selfless, caring, understanding, and charitable, based on this screencap alone.
1. They had no prior knowledge of Felice
2. They had prior knowledge of the soon to be posted activities but minimized them, and/or forgot about them over time
3. They recall previous occurrences of hypocrisy but fail to connect 1 and 1 together
and so on…
All of which are understandable. People do sometimes soak their toes in Lethe and forget. We aren’t all knowing beings. And, sometimes, we never quite get the chance to connect the dots. That just goes to show that our assumptions can be erroneous. This post is an attempt to prove the above cap wrong, through instances in the past and recent statements.
Focus 2: (From oldest to more recent)
1. Direct Instances:
2. Felice Fawn's Amazon Wishlist (shifting from direct to indirect): link
2b. To prove it was posted on her blog once before in the past with the intention to get others to buy things for her:
3. Subtle Instances where she uses pathos and emotion (indirect):
In the first focus we see a case where Felice seems to be adamantly against donations/charity of any kind, whether it be from pity or just out of a fan’s own kindness (see the Cherye vs. Felice Fawn Case) The purpose of this post is to GAIN praise from her fans and praise her, they will. This is added to their mental lists as a reason why she’s a “good” person (we all know that argument). This is similar to the case of recoverysupport, where its purpose was so that she could GAIN praise and/or be noted as a good person. What’s the difference between Image1 Focus1, and Image1 Focus2? I’ll let you contemplate on that one reader. Although, I will note that Image1 Focus2 is much older than the recent screenshot. For some people, that’s reason enough to call this whole post invalid but bear with me. Usually, when one holds such strong inherent beliefs, they don’t sway from their beliefs. You can look at this many ways:
1. She has always held the belief that people shouldn’t donate to her, she acted hypocritically in asking people to donate to her (self-interest)
2. She never held the belief that people shouldn’t donate to her, this is all to put her in a positive light, make her look good to others (self-interest/hypocrisy for gain)
3. She never held the belief that people shouldn’t donate to her, and then changed it overtime for whatever reasons (change to minimize losses that would most likely occur under direct hypocrisy)
There are probably more but this is all I can think of right now.
Then there was the time she had her Amazon wishlist on her blog. (Focus2, Image 2/2b) This was her transitioning from a direct to a more indirect method of getting people to give her things (whether it be money or items) . She never asked them to get her anything from her wishlist, but the fact that it was there, and it was there during a time when people are prone to be more giving (Christmas), and that she posted asks such as 2b, where fans talked about getting her items, shows that it was there for more than just taking up space on her blog. She was suggesting that the fans get her these items with its very presence. She did make a couple of posts about it even, if memory serves right.
Read the tweets. Imagine them coming from someone else (if you can’t muster up sympathy for Felice), more reasonably, from someone you like or admire. From a fan’s standpoint, If you can help, you would want to help, because you would feel bad for them. You would feel compelled to raise their happiness, if only a little, lest you feel like a terrible person and horrible fan for not helping your idol when they’re in need. That’s exactly how subtle and vile this indirect donation asking is. It exploits human emotions. (Focus2, Image3)
Even if the recent posts are not as direct as the older posts, they are still posted with the intention to arouse some sort of pity or emotion in her readers. Hearing about how she has to “support everyone”, how fucked they are because she can only “afford to pay 50%” of their bills, how she has to “sell” one of her “kidneys”, how she’s “crying” and “terrified”, all have one purpose and that’s to make you the reader feel bad for her through emotional rhetoric. Not to minimize how terrible it is when someone gets laid off, but truly, as a 24 (or so) year old, if something this truly shaking happens in your life, it would usually prompt some sort of action, such as getting another job or being proactive instead of tweeting about it.
(NOTE: I have been on Rich’s Twitter and Tumblr and I have not seen any post about him losing his job, which I feel would be something that would be weighing on his mind quite a bit, so I’m skeptical, as you should be as well, reader. Either, he has great coping skills [considering they can no longer pay most of their bills, according to Felice] or he has handled the situation by calling family and relatives so that they could help pay, because, let’s face it, Felice is the farthest thing from an independent woman. Or none of it is true. Time will tell.)
But if anything, the fact that, if it truly happened, Rich didn’t go on a Twitter spree crying about it. If it happened, he is seemingly in much better spirits today, so it was something that could be handled without involving fans. So you have to ask yourself, why was it even necessary that Felice go on this posting spree about how terrible all of it is and how she can’t afford her bills anymore, how she has to support all these people all by herself? Why to her fans, her readers? Why not her family and/or her friends?
Think about it...
Many thanks to sansfairenbruit for writing and for giving me permission to re-post this.