Back in Winter 2012, my friend Jacob and I sent Dred Foxx, the voice of PaRappa the Rapper, $100 to have him do some lines for a fan cartoon on Newgrounds. Upon recieving the cash he repeatedly blew us off until finally I hit my deadline and asked for a refund, which he agreed to but never did. It is now 2014 and the money is still nowhere to be seen.
I had assumed this whole thing would die down, but my friend Saki decided it would be funny to make a post calling Dred a con-artist on the PaRappa Facebook Fan Page the other day to see what would happen.
Basically, everyone treats it as a joke post as they should. I wasn't going to do anything about it. It's been a long time and it's all old news, why bother bringing it up.
Then Dred showed up.
Now, like I said, I wasn't going to get involved. But the fact that Dred came in to specifically call Saki a liar when:
A. The post so far had been a clear joke and not worth his time, and
B. He could have just ignored it
...these got on my nerve. After his post, others began backing Dred up.
Well, after all this I wasn't going to let Dred have Saki come out looking like a liar. I decided to finally post a link to this blog on the Facebook fan page.
Ah, I see you've already met our first character, Brian. As far as I can tell, his only goal in life is to butt heads with anyone who he disagrees with. Here, he proceeds to call me a troll for not having a picture of myself on Facebook. Not content with this, he continues on after Saki calls him out:
Brian quickly resorts to victim blaming, suggesting that Jacob and I basically deserved to get conned. His good buddy Andre backs him up, unable to comprehend that Dred Foxx is anything less than a true saint. Hoping to clear things up, I respond.
Still Brian refuses to listen to reason, so I decide to reinforce my statements, as well as provide further proof for my case.
The video posted in the link can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXEj39C_X8k
Jacob arrives to defend me. If you're wondering why he doesn't comment on the Dred Foxx business, it's because he's been staying on his good side hoping to get our money back while I play bad cop. Before Brian returns to spew more garbage though, a surprise guest arrives:
Dred Foxx's brother! Unlike most people in the group, he keeps a cool head. Now back to your regularly scheduled asshattery.
More victim blaming and excuse-making. Saki quickly tears him apart.
Unsurprisingly, Brian does not respond after this. However, our favorite rapping dog does!
No joke: I was flabbergasted at this statement. I knew Dred's opinion of himself was inflated before, but 500 million fans? Me, capitalizing on his market? Him, a LEGEND??? If the dude was as rich and famous as he claims then 100 bones to him would be small potatoes, so why won't he return it? I come back with another "loooong winded message"!
(By the way, that PaRappa Album he's referring to? He's been "working on that" since before this whole scam business began. I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for it.)
After this, Dred didn't respond and I thought the matter was closed. Little did I know that he had actually moved to the PaRappa 3 Petition fangroup, and, well, take a look for yourself.
I'm sure you're all disgusted. No, not the chicken fryer rhyme. I'm talking about the part where the guy who stole $100 from me literally tells me to f*** off... and 18 PEOPLE LIKE IT
Now, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. I had posted my story on the PaRappa Fan Page, not in the petition group, so maybe they didn't know. Some people take the initiative and check things out for themselves.
Some don't take a stance, but acknowledge that Dred's behavior is unacceptable.
And some keep on kissing ass.
I finally have had enough, and make one last statement hoping to perhaps change some minds.
And here we are now. I honestly don't know what to say. I knew Dred Foxx would never admit his mistake, but I didn't think other people in the fan group would actually back him up. Not only did I provide evidence of his douchebaggery towards me, but he outright confirms its legitimacy in the public forum and they STILL act like he's the greatest thing since sliced bread! Now I know that a scant few didn't act this way (and I thank them), and I'm not saying that he should get poo flung at him or anything, but the least people could do is let him know that stealing money from his fans and acting arrogant about it is not OK. If anyone reading this blog agrees, please send Dred a message on Facebook saying so. It might not mean much coming from just a few people, but the more who help, the more likely Jacob and I will get our money back. Thanks for reading.
UPDATE: Dred goes apeshit!
We are witnessing a true meltdown, folks.