Jon_TafferOkay, ill be the first to say it; i hate who Gus is judging by his social media presence. I have never met Gus, so I'm not gonna say i hate him personally, i just hate who he is on social media. This has nothing to do with him being gay, and this has nothing to do with him having "no style" (i actually really dig his skiing). i just hate how he uses his coming out of the closet as leverage to promote himself, which is entirely wrong. Now i said nothing at the time because i had no reason to. Now i do. Gus is now using his massive social media following to essentially rig the freeskier magazine skier of the year, not cool.
Gus, if you're reading this i respect you for your skiing, nothing more
i know I'm gonna get tons of hate for this but i don't even care.
So first I will say this. If you don't like what he's posting don't follow him. Social media is social media. IF you just want to see him ski watch his edits and contest runs.
As for the gay thing I understand where you're coming from but I don't think you have this right.
What is happening from his side is not trying to pull himself up the ranks by pushing his being gay. Maybe it looks that way, maybe it's helped his popularity but that's not his agenda.(or at least I really really doubt it)
As far as his popularity, the olympics already did that. The puppies,the miley cyrus thing, and just being a good looking dude at the forefront of the competitive side of the sport during the first olympics slopestyle was added.
As far as his social media. When you're in the closet it's a really weird fucked up time internally. I'm not saying life isn't fun and everything is so terrible blah blah. It's just that inside you have this thing that you can't tell anybody about, you're trying to hide for fear of it fucking up everything in your life, and it really fucks with you.
It may not seem like a big deal but it really is. Think about all the times you talk about girls with friends. You see some girl in the lift line and nudge your friend and say "look at that ass" or whatever. Idk, I'm too tired for decent examples but just that kind of stuff. There's nothing wrong with it, but I'm just saying it fucks with you if you're in the closet. If I go out at night people want to know if I was fucking this girl, or ask if I've seen this girl in this movie or whatever.
So you have years and years of that all inside you fucking with everything. Then you come out, people are supportive, and you're like "holy fuck!" All the sudden you feel like you can be open about things and be yourself. A lot of the time there's a transition period where people will over do it.
If you weren't allowed to talk about skiing with anyone for years, and then you found newschoolers, you'd be like "holy fuck! skiing!" and then talk about skiing all the time as we do on here. That might be a shitty example because we're all still hopelessly obsessed with skiing but just trying to point out that it's a major thing.
I know it's weird, it might not make sense to you, and you might not like what he's posting(I really haven't followed it) but he'll be out shredding and that will all simmer down with time. He only came out a month or so ago so just give it time.
Idk, the guy has been one of the top competitors in slopestyle for years. He was all over the news with sochi, he's slaying xgames and other events. Maybe it played some roll in freeskiers decision, maybe it didn't, but it's not like he's some no name low level athlete that came out and they're like "You're so brave! You've now the skiier of the year!"