As a fairly new member of the site, I wanted to ask some simple questions in regards to the park skiing community today. I enjoy a park lap just as much as the next guy, but I honestly dont understand this whole "thug steeze" culture that's been circulating the industry lately. All of these kids (cough FD cough) are literally trying to be thug and then they mask it with the whole "oh, we're just having fun" excuse which all you kids seem to eat right up. Do you think that some of these kids are dressing all thugged out in the park and making edits to ridiculously gangsta songs just because they are joking around and having fun with it? They honestly think that they can dress like that just because they can stomp tricks and look stylish while skiing. I really just don't get what's going on and how a whole community of people within one of the whitest/upscale sports industries can think that they are ghetto. Don't you guys realize that the pioneers of our sport are looking at the whole park scene in disgust because of this right now? And I'm not even talking about the big mountain dudes, but also a couple of guys that were on the forefront of park skiing a few years back.
I also was reading some arguments in regards to Henrik Harlaut and how he thinks he's black. Kids defend it by saying "its freeskiing man, we're free to do whatever we want." Yeah, I understand that, but out of all of the directions you could take your skiing style/persona, why the fuck would you take it toward Ol Dirty Bastard and Wu Tang? People need to realize that when people see that shit on the big screen, it looks fucking retarded. And I know, "who cares how people see us", right? Well maybe not all of us are 14yo hardcore NSers who cream over "E-Dollo and B-Dog". I guess it's just the idea of how delusional alot of kids are and how they convince themselves that this is okay that amazes me. I realize this thread is going to bring a ton of hate my way, and I'm sorry if it sounds meaner than it actually is, I'm honestly not trying to start anything, I just want to gain some insight from different sides on what everyone thinks about this since I'm pretty intrigued/amazed by this cute little epidemic.