Icthus and I had a discussion about this topic and he is allowing me to post this with the understanding that we are all very respectful in the way we deal with the topic. This is something that has bothered me recently and I wanted to get other opinions and have an open conversation about it that should create a lot more positive than negative.
The love of anything creates admiration of those who do it very well. I grew up loving baseball and had a “hero” that I looked up to. Many people have sports heros and even others whether it be literature, political, and so forth. We all have people we look up to, even if it is a family member, we want to be like them and achieve what they have, maybe even surpass it. They become a driving force in what we do. The same can also be applied to the hobby/sport of yo-yo’s.
In Yo-yoing there are no doubt some absolutely amazing people. One Drop’s Daniel Deitz who won sportsman of the year at National’s is one such player who gives his time and talent to charity of something he believes in. However, with several of the top tier players and what some may call “legends” of yoyo’ing it isn’t always the case. In a recent post I spoke about a 1A world champion who I absolutely love their style and performance, an amazing yoyo artist. Yet, when I read their public blogs, watched public youtube videos, and even read through some of the facebook pages, I found very profane and wild language/attitude that I was very shocked to see. It also worried me a bit because I know what a huge following he has in the yoyo industry. Especially many who are younger in age as a great majority in this industry is geared towards family and kids especially.
I then encountered another situation that I was shocked by when I watched a video by a sponsored yoyo player of a certain company that was incredibly sexual and crude in the use of their yoyo tricks and this it was rebroadcast by one of the heads of this company on their facebook page who has over 3000 friends, many who are younger yoyo players. Which again has young yoyo players and those with very impressionable minds.
When it comes to impressionable minds one of the people of this board messaged me this: “The part I don’t get is just because some guy can throw, people accept all sorts of over the top behavior from them and put them on some kind of pedestal.”
That is where the point of this post comes in. I believe whether someone wants it or not, when you become famous in any way shape or form, people start following you, and wanting to be like you. We are filled to the brim with positive and negative role models all over the world. However, they are still role models, it is up to them which role they decide to play. That is where it comes back to you, the community. Do you think as a community we should try (like the NFL, NBA, MLB and others do) hold these people to a higher standard and call them out when they do things that are not appropriate or perhaps give yoyo’ing a bad rap? Is family values and morals something of the past and a new standard should be set? Is this really something that should be for family and kids of all ages (including my 30 year old self) Or do you think that it is up to the individual to do what they want how they want, no matter what age or group of people are watching? I mean a free country right? Thanks for reading and I very much look forward to reading people’s opinions!