Sit your asses down. It’s time to explain a thing. If you’re not going to listen to Andy then listen to me - a fan to fan heart to heart, u feel me?
So here we have this asshole. Got Andy’s happiness on a string. And they’re holding it above Andy’s head. It’s literally right there but Andy can barely reach it. And this asshole who is holding the string is saying to him:
“Did you meet every single fan? Did you sign every single thing they had for you to sign? Did you spend an hour with all of them?”
The list goes on and on and there’s Andy’s like, “No, but—”
To which the asshole responds, “But nothing. No excuses. Unless you did all of those things, you’re not allowed to be happy.”
That person who’s holding Andy’s happiness on a string? That’s the entire fucking fandom. There isn’t a single day that goes by when BVB fans aren’t a complete and total fucking dick to Andy.
The reality of it is that Andy is just another dude in a band. If Black Veil Brides wasn’t already successful, Andy would be working a bullshit minimum wage job - just like everyone else; just like every other human being in the world - while trying to make the band successful. He literally is just some guy. It just so happens that he’s some guy who’s in a band that’s pretty successful. Still just a dude, though. Successful dude. But still just a dude.
A lot of people are bitter about the song Nobody’s Hero. That bitterness is why the fucking song was written in the first place. He says it all the time. Continuously. In his tweets especially. He’s only human. He’s just a man. You can put him on a pedestal all you fucking want, it won’t change who he is. Putting him on a pedestal doesn’t make a man a god. It just makes him a man on a pedestal.
Please get that through your heads.
It’s in the fucking song.
“To heal your scars, I will give you everything I can.”
Everything he can. He’s literally doing that. He does everything he can and yet there’s people still bitching and complaining that it’s not good enough. Andy tries so fucking hard day after day and he can’t help it if he runs out of time to spend with fans or has an interview to be at so he has to cut things short. All of that stuff is out of his power and yet all the fingers get pointed at him. Shit fucking sucks.
“I can lead you to salvation yet I am just a man.”
Ooh, look. There it is again. Andy reminding everyone that he’s just a dude. He loves that his music can help you through shit. Music helped him through things too. But, at the end of the day, it’s not him taking the razor away from your skin. You’re doing that yourself. It’s all you. People have this tendency of not giving themselves enough credit. They accredit their well-being and lives to bands. It’s humbling. It really is. But they’re all dudes in bands and not much else.
He can lead you to salvation, sure, but whether you actually get there or not is all on you. You’re your own fucking hero.
Please, please, please be kinder to him. Please listen to what he’s been saying over and over again this whole time: he’s just a man. Just some dude in a band. People always say how it seems like he never smiles anymore but they never realize it’s really hard to smile when it seems like all your fans hate you for things you can’t control.
I know you all want to thank him for everything he’s done for you but if he can’t meet you at Warped or after any other concert, thank him by not getting upset with him. Thank him by understanding he can’t do everything, be everything, and meet everyone. Thank him by telling him he did a great fucking job regardless. Because he did the best that he can and we love him for it.
Now go and make him feel like he has sunshine and daisies growing in that little heart of his.