>Michelle Kwan is the princess of the group's established regulars. You can
>even say, it is very fashionable to worship Kwan in certain circles of the
>nobility. It has been also very fashionable in those circles to bash Tara
>Lipinski for the last four years. Group's established regulars has been
>bashing Tara for almost anything, even for things not related to skating,
>like accusing her of "child ***", not sophisticated language, being a
>"white trash", etc, etc... And those accusations didn't come from trolls,
>but from so called "respected" regulars.
>In the same time criticizing Michelle was considered "trolling".
>Snobbish "nobilities" throughout the history have never changed...
>Hopefully, after SLC they will finally leave Tara alone. Fortunately, there
>is no sign that Sarah is going to be a new Tara's replacement. Yet...
Oh, I don't know about that. When you look at the criticizers of Tara, they
are criticizing her decisions, her speech (skating commentary related), her
failure to grow as a person or skater, her stuck in the moment monotonous
interviews, etc because this is what applies to her skating and what she
constantly feeds us. When people bash Michelle, they tend to focus on trival
things like they don't like the way she looks, etc. Sure, Michelle has had her
share of problems this year, but to call her washed up due to a silver and a
bronze is simply trollish.
The regulars here are here because they are passionate about skating. They are
very knowledgeable about the different aspects of skating. They know exactly
the complexity of what Michelle does, the beauty of her work and praise her for
it. They also recognize her weaknesses and discuss it, such as trouble with the
3/3 and slower skating. When posters come in and say Michelle should retire,
she has nothing to offer, she is ugly, she is a loser, etc - they prove their
trollishness. It is not a matter of opinion, it is a matter of trolling and
instigating. When regulars disagree, it is not because they can not stand
another opinion, it is because they can not stand stupidity. And that is
exactly what it is.
I would disagree that it is "fashionable" to slam Tara. I would hardly call
that a trend. But, when Tara gets on TV as an "expert" and cannot hold a
decent conversation, speaks with such poor English that you cringe, and can not
discuss other skaters or their abilities even when asked to, then people will
knock her. They knock her for exactly this. They are not making fun of the
way she looks, etc. That is trolling and it is not fashionable, it is immature.
There is a huge difference. I can not remember any regular here doing that
unless you are counting resident trolls.
Please do not mistake appreciation and recognition for excellence as some sort
of "cultish" behaviour and brain washing. Michelle is not the "princess" of
this board, she is a skater with incredible talent whom most of the posters on
this board appreciate.
Irina is another highly talented skater whom most of the people on this board
appreciate. Do you see any post on here questioning her Worlds win? I have seen
only praise for her. For someone who dethroned our "princess" your theory does
If you do a history on the regulars here, I do not believe that you will find
such close-mindedness as you think. You will find posters with a wide array of
knowledge and preferences for skaters. You will not find trolling messages,
unless of course you are looking at our regular trolls.