Introduction: In February 2019, a Twitter account entered the world by way of some magical cloaca. It took some time for this account to hatch and meet the world.
In November 2019, @bock_twt became active and curious and began venturing from the nest, peeping and cautious. Soon Bock began to produce covers of BTS songs, starting with a haunting, melancholy interpretation of “House of Cards.” Since that time, Bock’s growth has been organic and free of growth hormones (and apparently in a pasture). We at R3 have witnessed this avian fan’s journey from afar, but now we think it’s time for us to meet @bock_twt face to beak. We hope more people will get the flock over to @bock_twt.
R3: Good morning, Bock. As agreed, we’re filming you in deep shadow and disguising your voice in order to keep your identity secret, which is an interesting request for a print interview, but we are very big fans and are happy to comply. In fact, your rider includes some eggceptional requests: marshmallow Peeps, Cadbury Creme Eggs, eggsactly 7 blueberries, and a j-hope photo card.
Thank you for agreeing to chat with R3 today. What was your motivation for opening a stan twt account?
Bock: Cockadoodledoo! How are you? I eggspreciate your henoring my reggquests! The additional corn was eggcellent.
I wanted to be hententional in opening my account. Creating a space for BTS and ARMY henanigans was my top priority! I like henspiring laughter and bringing awareness of the BTS x Chicken eggenda.
R3: You certainly do that! Your eggspressions of joy and humor mean that a lot of ARMY depend on you to help lift their spirits when life gets hard (boiled) and they’re feeling cooped up. They’ve even referred to you as “clutch.” How do you feel about ARMY’s response to you? What message do you want to share with them?
Bock: I’m really eggspreciative for ARMY hengaging with my henanigans! It’s the community that motivates me eggvery day. My message to them would absolutely be: Skrawnk bawk peep, which roughly translates to “Do all things with a purple heart and keep hoping for more good days!”
R3: What kind of eggstracurricular eggtivities do you participate in beyond bocking? Do you read seed catalogs? Do you work on your flight skills? Spread (spread, spread, spread) your wings?
Bock: I like working on my hendurance! Funny that you mention seed catalogs! I like plants! And I like looking at different coops and henmagining how I would redesign them.
R3: Ooh, yes, real eggstate is a fun hobby. We’d like to thank you for your support of ARMY by gifting you a subscription to Better Coops and Gardens.
Your eggsellent vocal stylings on your BTS covers are eggstraordinary. What kind of warm-up eggtivities do you do to prep before recording?
Bock: I am bockically-trained, so I make sure I have proper air support and do bockcal eggercises. Often, I’ll do a few runs to make sure I’m ready to bock the actual song.
R3: Any colleggorations planned?
Bock: I’m looking at my most recent clucklaboration!
R3: Bock, this is a hard-hitting henterview, so we will ask the tough questions. There’s been a lot of fan speculation that the phrase “chocolate wings” in the lyrics of “Blood Sweat & Tears” refers specifically to you. Are your wings “the wings of the devil”?
Bock: Hard-boiled or hard-hitting, hendeed! I think lyrics are often up to hendividual henterpretation. Our personal eggsperiences and knowledges eggfect the way that we henterpret eggverything from lyrics to visuals. “Chocolate wings” to me always meant literal chocolate. As for whether or not BTS was reggferencing me with “chocolate wings”… Well, where’s the fun if I give an answer for this?
R3: We do henjoy a good mystery! In a related question, Jungkook has recently been seen twirling and then demanding, “I want chicken!” Any comment?
Bock: Funnily enough, in his recent live, Jungkook also said “no chicken.” While I may not eggree with “no chicken,” I reggspeckt him as an adult with his own perspecktives.
R3: Bock, we all hope to learn from your wisdom. What has your eggperience been as a chicken in a fandom that is predominantly human?
Bock: That the community is henclusive and everybroody is welcoming! Now, that being said, we (eggverybody) need to keep working toward maintaining and henproving our henclusive henvironment!
R3: R3hosted a virtual conference, Rhizome Connect, in August 2020, which brought together over 2000 participants across the world, including yourself! You submitted an eggcellent poster. What was your eggsperience with Rhizome Connect, and do you have any advice to people or poultry that may want to participate in 2021?
Bock: Yep, I did that. My advice is that anyone, fowl or otherwise, should spread their wings and give it a flap!
R3: Do you have any feathered moots? We know you avoid turkeys (the human variety), but has any other small dinosaur reached out? Have you had a meeting with Pingu?
Bock: I haven’t met with Pingu. It can be difficult to clucknect with other birds of a feather in such a broad fandom! I have found many non-feathered moot though and I eggspreciate eggvery single one of them!
R3: What really cracks you up?
Bock: ARMY Henanigans. When the fandom clucklectively decides “today, we’re ridiculous” and has fun with it. Also, BTS. True comedihens, the seven!
R3: Last peeps, Bock. Thenk you so much for agreeing to cluck with us and share your ova-whelmingly positive and uplifting, but very ho-nest, thoughts with us. We welcome you back to the R3whenever you need to rest your wings.
Henterview: @bock_twt. (2021). In The Rhizomatic Revolution Review , (2). https://ther3journal/issue-2/henterview-bock-twt
“Henterview: @bock_twt.” The Rhizomatic Revolution Review , no. 2, 2021, https://ther3journal/issue-2/henterview-bock-twt.