|The website is finished with a lot of new stuff; so much we will not attempt to list it here. Visit the site at link to see the new look, and we specially checking out the Soap Box to read about Babe's quest and some Queen reviews.
We've read a lot of comments pertaining to the effect of "I've been waiting for a site like this... a Queen humour site" and we're glad for that. Please tell us what you think: add to our guestbook or email and we will improve best we can!
We're hosting fatty's stuff, have some Queen cartoons, funny stories, tv shows... come check it out!
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(We promise this will be this will be the last update post, for fear of reaching the spam status of Mr Baer....)
|"Sorry, this site is temporarily unavailable!"
|Yeah, geocities is kinda crap. When the TOFBRA Supreme Overlord gets a job, we'll be moving to a paid server and get a lot fewer of these messages!
Thanks for visiting.
|should we speak about webdesign ? ;)
|Brian SO doesn't like that site. LOL!
|An old (former?) rockstar complaining about an amateur fan site? Creating a soapbox has been a brave project, but do we need to see a myth of us all spiting rage everyday towards UK musical press, injustice in the world, fans' sites?
Oh glorious 70s, please come back...
|Brian come On! These are just young fans (kids really) who are just having fun! I would think your outrage could be directed at something more serious like world hunger or the Iraq prisoner torture, but your yelling at the wrong people.
You said yourself the Internet should be free of censorship...now your going back on your own words...how hyprocritical!
***Yeah I know he would read this but I thought I state something about how ridiculous I think he's being.***
|"You said yourself the Internet should be free of censorship...now your going back on your own words...how hyprocritical!"
Now now, He never said they should be censored or anything, He just said how stupid he thinks the stuff is. Which, For the most part, I would have to agree with him... But, I'm also a bit on the crabby side today. ;)
|Wow! Flamed by Brian himself!!! That is very impressive! I reckon that should go straight up!
|I think he is entitled to his opinion isnt he?
I have to agree! Its not very funny!
|I don't think its funny either but not bc it pokes fun...its just not my type of comedy. Besides, who am I to say what's funny or not?
Its clear Dr. May isn't happy with it.
|I agree with Brian here. I think its shit. Childish and pathetic. Some people have too much time on their hands.
I read it all then went back to the Queenzone topic about it and saw all these LOL, ROTFLMAO from my fellow 'zoners. Then I thought if NME did this there would be uproar but because they are Queen fans they can do it and nobody raises an eyebrow. I also think its slightly homophobic. 'Arse Bandit' isn't really the best way to describe a homosexual is it?
And before you all call me spoilsport read it again out of context of it being about 'Queen in Big Brother' and come back if you think its harmless and no-one could take offence.
|Penis - Vagina
|I checked it out once and thought it was dumb, but Brian is being too harsh. He must have been in a bad mood when he checked it out.
|I kind of just viewed it as a parody, you know like Saturday Night Live. They make fun of everyone and its kind of an honor to be made fun of on SNL.
I didn't spend too much time on the site. So I don't know how offensive it is, if at all. But if its got things on it like "arse pirate", I don't find too much humor in that. Just my opinion though.
Slightly homophobic? I mean, yeah, it's kinda crap because we need more content and less flashy graphics and maybe we take taking the piss out of Brian a little too seriosuly, but homophobic???
Do you know how many dykes put many, many hours towards making TOFBRA as cool and funny as it is? And you did take "arse bandit" out of context. Freddie called Elton John that. Does that sound homophobic to you?
Well hey, we have one last thing to say on our behalf at TOFBRA. WE're not homophobic, in fact, we'd like it sincerely if it became known to the world that EVERY member of Queen was/is indeed queer as a seven dollar bill.
Thank you for everyone for paying attention to us. We love it.
-TOFBRA & friends & fellow dykes.
erm not sure about rump ranger, but turd burgular might get a laugh or two from me, maybe not though.
|The Black Queen
Brian May wrote: **Tue 15 Jun 04** BEEN RIPPED OFF If you really want to see some garbage, go to link ............. (well, go once and never again, I reckon!) These people have ripped off the whole design that Jen did for the BM site, as well as the ideas of the Soapbox, and a number of my little inventions. They think they are funny. Well, humour takes talent too and sadly they don't seem to have any. And they call themselves FANS???? With fans like this, who need enemies? I hope they go away soon. Love briI was very apalled when I saw that. I'm a big fan of TOFBRA and I honestly thought Brian might like it. Instead he goes off completely on the one fact that their Soapbox section looks like his. Not only does he do that, he insults the people who made the site! I know for a fact that they worked hard on that site for sheer entertainment for Queen fans. "And they call themselves FANS????" That really had me in rages. Sorry for being a fan who likes humour, Brian.
Honestly, we never thought anyone would come to the site. TOFBRA was created because we wanted to send an email to Jimmy May and sound official. To sound official you need an acronym. So the few of us thought of six words that described us and made and acronym from that.
Then we made a website for fun, starting with the Freddie graphic. We'd only kept up a fanfic archive before that and were used to extremely low traffic.
To our surprise, people came to TOFBRA.
ANd now, thanks to BRian we've had 140 people come since he posted his feelings and pushed our count passed the 2000 mark. Thank you all for coming and we hope you enjoy TOFBRA as much as we did making it.
We didn't expect anyone to come, and then Brian goes and lets us know that he went there and that it did what we expected it to do for anyone who happened upon the site: it provoked a reaction.
We are the name Queen for the fans of Queen. We will make you react. That's the point.
-TOFBRA and Friends, and the dyke association of TOFBRA™
VIVE LA RESISTANCE!
|You people may have noticed, that Brian May is a senile old hasbeen with no sense of humour or grasp of reality whatsoever. I'd not pay too much attention to what he rambles under all that hair.
I mean, the guy is married to Anita Dobson. Weak.
|If you can find me the actual quote about Freddie calling Elton John an 'arse bandit' I might stand down but its not a word I would imagine Freddie saying. Queen, fairy or even poof but only moronic ignorant people use it.
However offensive it is 'Big Bummer' (ooops another one!) is still not funny.
I still say if anone but Queen 'fans' did this they would get shot down by the people here and rightly so.
|I don't understand how anyone could spend longer than a few hours designing that website especially considering they have copied sections of the soapbox which lets face it is pretty basic design!
Its a free world you can say and do almost anything you want on the net as I said before its not my cup of tea and its not very funny but each to there own! Don't slag Brian off for not liking it and being offended by it he has every right to be and to say what he wants.
Any way old senile Rock Stars are a bit like the Mafia they have far more power than people realise I'm sure the site will be off line very shortly! lol
Rich Tea wrote: I don't understand how anyone could spend longer than a few hours designing that website especially considering they have copied sections of the soapbox which lets face it is pretty basic design! Its a free world you can say and do almost anything you want on the net as I said before its not my cup of tea and its not very funny but each to there own! Don't slag Brian off for not liking it and being offended by it he has every right to be and to say what he wants. Any way old senile Rock Stars are a bit like the Mafia they have far more power than people realise I'm sure the site will be off line very shortly! lolI agree. Visited it the last time (Big Bummer) and thought it was shite, visited it a moment ago and thought it was still shite. At least its consistent IMO...
|Maybe Brian read the fanfiction.
|Probably just sour grapes cause he doesn't look nice in shorts. For further information please look at the Transit of Venus Party pictures on the soapbox.
Jaffa Cakes for the one who can stand looking for the longest.
|I think some of you didn't realise someone took a piss in your corn flakes this morning.
We didn't spend hours copying his site design. We spent five minutes figuring out the dimensions. The part that took hours were the stories, content and graphics.
As for Brian reading the fanfiction, that's pretty hot.
AS for Freddie not using the words "arse bandit" he called the director of Breakthru a faggot because he gave him directions he didn't really feel like folowing--on camera. So, arse bandit may wwell have been in his vocab.
Besides, Big Bummer was written by an authentic British person. Not everyone's cup of tea, and it can be pretty offensive. We warned you.
Brian's legs really don't look good in shorts, it's a shame. He had such nice legs. He should shave.
As for his marrying Anita, it must be his eyesight going.
We mean, couldn't they have made her look more like a woman?
|Just a quick note: we appreciate all the good words from everyone. We are just fans for the fans, and thank you.
To everyone else: well, sorry you didn't like the site. We're not vindictive or even mad, but just let us say: fuck you.
|It's an interesting side note that, without any notification, TOFBRA was kicked off the Brian May and We Will Rock You yahoo groups this morning.
These groups, coincidentially are run by Brian's webmistress. This is petty.
We are laughing. This is great. This is better than anything we could have put on our site.
We have not been thwarted. There are many of TOFBRA on the Brian May group. We will not leave.
TOFBRA will not go away. Our site may move, but it will always be here.
|yahoo groups are run by the same person that runs Brian's personal site? Wow.
|Wow, Brian is pissed at you
May i touch you!?
|Brian's webmistress runs the BrianMay and WeWillRockYou groups, not all of them.
Pissed? Deep down I don't think he cares. It's his webmistress more than anything.
As for touching me, go right ahead....
Side note: Jimmy May took down his link to TOFBRA that he had on his site, and took down our South Park cartoons that he'd so gracefully asked to post. No more link to TOFBRA.
Guess he actually visited the site.
|Hey, I want my site to get a thousand hits instantly, I want my site to run out of its monthly bandwidth! I too want Brian May to bash me :-P C'mon Mr. May, love isn't blind, its deaf too! You and you're wife are the living proof. You have the fashion sense of a football-hooligan and you got some fixation for your mother (I've heard Love Token and Mother Love...) Freak.
Seriously though, Chancellor etc, could you please tell me how many hits you've gained from this "publicity?"
|Right, well, finally having had a look at the offending site (now that it let me) I think I'd have to say that I haven't a clue what Brian is whinging about and if he wants to see something really offensive to have a gander at NastyQueen.
Smells like PR people to me.
|What is the best way to get people visit your website?
Piss Mr Boring May off and let him write about you on his soapbox!
I personally like the TOFRA-site very much. It's humor and funny. But I can imagine that there are some people that don't like it. Well not everbody likes the same book either, so I you don't like it, shut it down and never visit it again.
Everywhere on the site are warnings that all of it is fiction! Nothing of it is true, however....it gets you thinking.
TOFRA-people go on with your site and make some more funny stuff!
Anyway I'm checking your site almost daily for updates and have spend many hours reading it.
Greetings from Holland, from a bad Queen-fan (according to Brian).
|It's a shame that many Queen fans are (I just quote) "parassites" and "bad"...
|So he didn't like the site. Get over it. We all have our opinions and we're all expected to accept them, but when Brian voices his opinion on things, suddenly it's not fair.
It's his opinion, leave it alone. I checked the said site and found it pretty boring. Funny? Humourous? Nah.
|Thank you for your opinions;)
As for how much traffic weve gained, the site averaged 20 hits a day (which surprised me). Since Brian posted his complaint early yesterday morning we've had 427 hits, and it's been a little over a day.
And, according to a post above, we've gained a fan. I think this backfired, personally.
I was thinking about this and it strikes me as odd that Brian's complaints were about design and not the content...
And I'm confused as to what he's refering to when he says we ripped off "some of [his] little inventions."
This is going too far, really. It's a parody and Brian's being pissy. Jimmy May even took the link to TOFBRA off his site yesterday. That seems petty, as does the us getting kicked off of both the BrianMay and WeWillRockYou Yahoo groups with no notification of this, or even a reason why.
It's stupid. I can't even visit my own site any more. I'll update in a week or so, instead of to-morrow, because it hardly seems good to update when the people who actually want to go are being shut out by all the people who are going just to see what pissed Brian off this time.
(PS. check out the message we put on Bri's guestbook. It's not really bad, but it's kind of funny in an odd sort of way.)
|BAD QUEEN FAN, BAD QUEEN FAN!!!
What happened to freedom of speech? Personally I think the whole argument is childish. I may not like what your site has as content but you have a right to say what you want despite what everyone (including BM) thinks. If anything it's a back handed compliment.
Krizzy wrote: BAD QUEEN FAN, BAD QUEEN FAN!!! LOL! What happened to freedom of speech? Personally I think the whole argument is childish. I may not like what your site has as content but you have a right to say what you want despite what everyone (including BM) thinks. If anything it's a back handed compliment. Kriz ;o)
|The oddest thing is that his complaint was over the design and not the content.
The Soapbox is only a small portion of the site. The overall site design is nothing like his. Brian, for once, is being used, I feel.
Odd. I thought Roger was his monkey, not Brian the monkey to Jen.
-TOFBRA & friends
|--soz. double post.--
|What Brian thinks is Brian's opinion...I just had to stop and wonder what Roger thought as well...
And John perhaps? He probably lurks around the Q-Zone too!
|Actually, I understand that Brian is angry. Maybe even hurt. I did not read much of the website but I looked at "Big Bummer" and you don't need to be oversensitive to be offended if you are presented as a ridiculous cartoon character and the joke is mostly on your wife and your marriage. You think Brian has to swallow it because he is rich and famous and it's not the first time it happened but compared to the offense he really did not say that much.
Personally, I think that Brian should not comment on his soap box when he is offended by a website but of course he has every right to do so. I think it's not the same if he gets angry about a poll or a website full of mockery about himself, his wife, his marriage and his friends.
|I fully understand he felt offended. Although it may be true that Anita is far from being attractive and Brian looks silly in shorts, I don't think it's fair to write such things on a web site.
On the other hand, he seemed to be offended more by the design than the content which is strange. And advertising the site in his soapbox did more harm to him than if he kept quiet. Normally I wouldn't visit this site at all but when I read about it in the soapbox, I simply HAD to visit it :-)
|agree with Scully.
|Last time I looked I thought that the site may have been amusing to some but was not necessarily to my taste, fair enough. Except after reading YV's comments about Big Bummer I agree with her on that one - I understand that it's trying to be funny but there's a fine line between parody and utter unfairness. Particularly with the Julie jab in Ep 1.
Mind you, the man was still a fool to advertise the site and I still don't think his "Bad Fans" comment was entirely justified.
And I still maintain that putting fatty in there was a master stroke :-)
|I find it odd that Brian gets angry with a small group of people making fun, tasteful or not, of him on a previously unknown website yet he seems to think its ok to let William Hung "sing" We Are The Champions." I guess if the TOFBRA people paid Brian to allow them to make fun of him then it'd be ok?
Now I am not sure if Brian has any say or thinks it is ok for William Hung to "sing" and profit off of WATC or not. But I can't help but to think that if he didn't want it to happen, it wouldn't happen. Or at the very least there'd be a comment on his soapbox displaying his disappointment in Hung covering and profiting off the song. It is on Hung's album that he is selling right?
I'm not saying that Brian shouldn't have feelings and not be hurt about the TOFBRA folks poking at him but with as long as he's been in the business, you'd think he would learn to ignore what he doesn't want to see or hear or atleast act like he is ignoring it. If you don't feed the fire, it eventually burns out right?
|Brian's said before that as long as they don't change the lyrics, anyone can cover a song without the artist's permission as long as they pay the proper royalties.
|makes sense I suppose. I guess Hung isn't really making fun of Queen. He really does try to sing. I think everyone knows that the reason people watch and listen to him is bc it is funny.
|I noticed how WH butchers the words of the songs in semi-broken English...oy vey...
|There is a huge difference between the cover of a song and making your private life a public joke. A song is only a song but your marriage is personal and close to your heart. Brian did not say that the TOFBRA people are "bad fans" he said who has fans like these does not need enemies and I have to agree. I am sure it was not very "smart" of Brian to respond to the website on his soap box but I can fully understand that he is hurt and angry about some people who think it's their god given right to write fiction about real peoples' lives and turn it into a cheap soap opera. If I were Brian's son I would remove the link, too and if I were Jen I would kick it off my list, too. They are friends and family of Brian and it's only natural that they protect his feelings.
I also agree with Robin about the guest book entry by chancellor amethyst, this was really low.
YourValentine wrote: There is a huge difference between the cover of a song and making your private life a public joke. A song is only a song but your marriage is personal and close to your heart. Brian did not say that the TOFBRA people are "bad fans" he said who has fans like these does not need enemies and I have to agree. I am sure it was not very "smart" of Brian to respond to the website on his soap box but I can fully understand that he is hurt and angry about some people who think it's their god given right to write fiction about real peoples' lives and turn it into a cheap soap opera. If I were Brian's son I would remove the link, too and if I were Jen I would kick it off my list, too. They are friends and family of Brian and it's only natural that they protect his feelings. I also agree with Robin about the guest book entry by chancellor amethyst, this was really low.I agree. Nothing more to add :)
|It seems idiots can do and say what they want on the world wide web! With this in mind I guess this sort of childish toilet humour is only to be expected!
I have revised my position on this site having read all the crap posted on the forum yes I don't like it and FUCK YOU.
If this is the behaviour of real fans then they are nothing like the 100's of REAL Queen fans I have met over the last 30 years. Queen and the four members do not deserve or need this utter shite!
|OMG -- I can't get used to that, it's blinding me!! (Brian's stage wear -- OOH it's too busy!!)
And what the hell is that thing on his guitar, a sock? Did Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers leave a calling card?? *snicker*
|Ello Melis! I had no idea you were lisser! how are you?
|The Fairy King
|omg don't u people have better things to do???
The TOFBRA-site is laaaame, face it!
I'm good thanks, how's you?
|For the record.
Jen is a moderator of the BMML list and is NOT a list owner of either the BMML or WWRY lists.
|Does Brian make a habit of commenting on fans sites?
How does he rate them? On a scale of 1 to 10?
If so, I'd be curious to know what he thought of
link that site is bloody hilarious, though with his seemingly sad sense of humour, I don't think it would rate well !
What do you guys think of it? Or do you have to wait until he gives it the green light?
|Im fab ta Lis. Good name, i had no idea it was you! Been toping up ya posting nos?! You are nearly the same no as me! What about all this Brian stuff?
|lol chaz..I don't pay any attention to my post count ;)
I am middle of the road on this Brian thing. I look at and thought the site was a parody like Saturday Night Live, BUT I haven't had enough time to read the whole site. So I am not sure really what all is said on it. I think someone oh here said that there were some pretty harsh things said about his wife and children are on the site??? I think that is what I read on here. I know I would be very pissed if someone dogged my kids and husband, VERY pissed. Now if I were in a spotlighted position like Brian is, I personally (probably) wouldn't let it be know what bothered me though. Just bc I know how some people are, for example tabloid folks. If they see a wound, they will keep trying to draw blood.
But..(I have a lot of buts) I don't think that just bc Brian is in a spotlighted position that he doesn't have feelings nor the right not to express his feelings. So you see that I am middle of the road. Booooring huh?
I see the right of the TOFBRA people to say what they want on a computer screen and I also see how it could/has affected Brian. He has a right to voice his disgust or liking of any site or anything just as the TOFBRA folks can say how they dislike or like Queen, Charmin toilet paper, peanut M&Ms, etc.
So there it is, what about you? How do you feel about it?
|Not a fan of peanut M&M's... Blech.
|aww i love peanut M&Ms!! Course I love the regular ones too!
|ah you know me. freedom of speech all the way, but i also reckon some things can be misread. there is some form of flattery in there somewhere :) I do worry about brian though- hes always so i dunno, fuddy these days. has a moan about fan related stuff every other day. i just hope he is going to ignore it if thats what he intends to do, not drag it too long.
anyways, yes, peanut m&ms rock the planet! chocolate ones just dont compare! my current favourite food- Ben and Jerry's Karamel Sutra- solid caramel centre and vinalla/cho ice cream and choc chips! come onnnnnnnn! oh, i sound like an advert! dont buy it!!! save it all for me!
|that sounds sooo good. I'm gonna buy it!!
|The peanut butter ones rock as well! :-)