It was a great interview. It's obvious they're going with the victim/underdog narrative which will help keep those fans that were thinking about leaving because of stunts.
Lmao anon you totally just read my mind. I’ve been out all day in the middle of nowhere with very little service and even less battery and so I just got to read it now. It’s pretty damn brilliant, subtly manipulative (not in a bad way, just a typical marketing way and like you said- enough so we can see the angle they’re going for and get people to stick around), but also lovely. And also? Holy fuck I just love him so so so much.
This showed me they DO understand the things fans love about him as a person. My only hope now is that they ALSO trust his talent and let that shine too. I hope they realize we don’t love him BECAUSE he’s an underdog, but that he’s wildly talented as well.