You guys still don't get it.
1) I don't use my real name, not because I'm bitter, but because I am embarrassed to have had anything to do with him- like I said, I was a stupid freshman and I'm just glad I didn't catch anything (or worse). But since you're in touch with His Majesty, mention Allie the art history major from UGA. And that's more than you need to know. Not that it matters, cause he can always suffer from selective memory.
2) I actually never gave him a conscious thought after he stopped calling me back, but I heard his name on the local news, so I went to the web to get more details. I would never have bothered posting on this site, until I read all the convoluted defenses of his actions. I understand loyalty to a friend, but I'll never understand BLIND loyalty. It's like when a drunk driver kills someone, your twisted defenses are the equivalent of "well he had a tough childhood and problems with his dad, and that's why he's an alcoholic". Who cares about the decision to get in the car and drive that day that resulted in a death? She shouldn't have been in the road in the first place.
3) The 18 months of "turning his life around" is standard advice every lawyer gives when their client is facing these kinds of charges. Talk to me after 18 years and maybe we'll see what kind of contribution he's making to life on our planet - or if he's still "livin' the dream, man". And you are correct he wasn't a junkie all 24 years, but he was on drugs (legal and non-) for more than half of his life. He'd been on ritalin as a kid, and was getting high as a pre-teen. All you good friends know this, and the reason I do, is that he practically bragged to me about it. He also bragged about squatting. Oh, he was so 'alternative'.
4) There are genuine accidents, and there is also FREE WILL and CHOICE. Warren chose that lifestyle, completely aware of Sid Vicious, Cobain, and everyone else. Hey, I like to have a drink with friends, and I used to smoke in college too. Only an ignorant person believes you have to be on heroin to produce great art: Tell it to Dali, Beck, the Beatles, Ani DiFranco, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Beethoven. Read my original statement, that our generation has been completely saturated and brainwashed by mass media/entertainment culture. We think an ignorant scene from a movie is real life (Pulp Fiction - a you a f'ing retard? IT WAS A MOVIE! Guess what? So is Prince Charming and Snow White) These things are myths.
We think being an entertainer is important. We think movies, fashion, TV and video games are important. They are not. Feeding the hungry is important. Finding alternatives to oil is important. Curing AIDs is important. Promoting understanding between a cultures is important. Maybe being a policeman, fireman, a real parent, a nurse or doctor is important.
Jumping around on stage, essentially going "look at me, look at what I can do" is not important. It's fun, a diversion, maybe even entertaining, but it is no f**king excuse to do heroine, be a leech, use people, or a bleed people dry. There are a lot of reprehensible people in the entertainment business. Some of them even have talent. Some people think Kid Rock is talented. He's still an asshole.
Since you guys are so enamored of pop culture, I suggest you download a movie called 'River's Edge', but only because it's based on a true story. It's about a guy who kills his girlfriend, and how all of his friends close ranks around him to protect him from being caught. Because they are his friends, and they are loyal. And blind to the fact that he just killed someone. See if you recognize any of the behaviors.
But I agree with you, Michael - this is way more time and attention to a past mistake of mine than I ever intended to spend. I'm clearly not going to convince you that he is simply following in his 'hero' s" footsteps. I won't be posting anymore either.
Comparing one case to another, not even remotely analogous, does not excuse what he did. Warren was a grown man making decisions that he knew full well had consequences. Any knowledgeable musician surely has heard of Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, Kurt Cobain, etc. Warren liked to try to impress me with everything he knew about music. He knew what those opiates did, and he did them anyway. I do not feel sorry for him at all. He wanted to be "cool", and be a pretend rock star, period. Look at his MySpace page: nearly all pictures of himself. He kept clean for 18 months out of 24 years? Color me unimpressed. He stayed clean because he knows full well he has to start running his game already to have any hope of getting out early. I'm sure he'll be a model prisoner, maybe find the Lord, volunteer to give the other inmates music lessons, suck up to the guards, everything necessary to get out quicker and keep runniing the con. Get back to me when does something, anything that doesn't benefit himself. I'm sorry that you, like me, were dazzled by his charm. I woke up, you are under no obligation to, but don't expect sympathy from those of us who have his number. He is a con artist. When he gets out, he'll find some other flunkies and suckers to do it all over again. I fortunately will not be one of them. Good luck to you.
Warren's father was a con-artist. Warren's MySpace page lists his father as his hero. This guy was/is a user, sponge, and manipulator of the first order. Everything Warren did was for and about Warren. Self-aggrandizing (read his interviews), self-interested and utterly shameless. Charles Manson (another "creative musician") was by many accounts talented, intelligent and charming. This does not preclude being a psychopath. There will not be many of the women he manipulated and abused coming to his defense. His 'talent' is at using and manipulating everyone he ever came in contact with - giving nothing, producing nothing, and contributing nothing to society. Take, take, take and take some more. Oh, but he was a 'star' in Atlanta. Could not happen to a more deserving individual. Guaranteed, he is running his mouth and his game on his fellow prisonners right now, about how he is the victim, how he was railroaded, yada yada. Warren is not the victim here; the dead girl is. You people need to take the blinders off. Being good at playing an instrument is not an excuse to be a worthless human being.
Former girlfriend (should say, hook-up, and no, I'm not bitter. I'm glad to know that not every sleaze-ball gets away with it).
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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