TechPB-Mike, on 08 March 2013 - 01:47 PM, said:
look, I'm not a role model. Nor am I anyone to judge
Pro paintball players aren't role models, they are just pro paintball players
If you are looking for a "role model", or a "life mentor" inside of the paintball industry, I think you set your sights up alot higher.
I know Chad, he's a great guy.
But what you are seeing is pure HONESTY, it's some polished up bullshit like you see on CNN, that's been workshopped and focus-grouped to perfection so you can "like it" more.
And FUCK the mainstream, the mainstream isnt going to pay attention to us, until we stop crying for their attention and just focus on being ourselves. The problem with the "mainstream" is that you don't go to the mainstream, the mainstream comes to you. You think the motorcross riders, in the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona thought "Wow, let's go glam-rock and sell this sport to ESPN!!! That would be awesome!"
No, they just did what they loved to do, and ESPN came to them
I guess I just try and hold the sport to a higher standard. Im not saying what he said was wrong but the way he said it. Have some decency, be professional I mean damn. He can be a great guy all he wants but if hes on camera and acts like this does it matter? Its not about the mainstream as much as new kids getting into the sport would you want your daughters to look up to the dude in this video? I know I wouldn't want my son to? There is a huge line between honesty and just straight up hate speech...
Maybe its because I think this sport can be more then it is now... If say Shaun White got on a youtube channel and said anything near what he said in this interview... that shit would be on ESPN in a second and not in a positive way... I dont want a role model for myself but for my son and these kids im trying to bring into the sport if they cant see a future they like they leave and where does that leave all of us?