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Taboo to like Shaun White

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Why do people have this hate towards Shaun White if say someone said they think he's a good rider? Almost like it's a taboo among snowboarders to say they like Shaun White, even among other pros. I private messaged Louie Vito on Face Book about how he took over Shaun White for Red Bull, but he said something like "I am my own person" like he didn't really like talking about Shaun White.

I hear it's because he doesn't really talk to the other competitors or socialize with other snowboarders. But to me, that sounds like he's more disciplined and is focused on winning than being social. Maybe if the other pro boarders would have his mentality and forgo the social aspect, maybe one of them could beat him one day.

When I went to the skatepark, I saw a bunch of kids that seem to be there to hang out with their friends. They were okay at skating, but they wasted most of their time messing around acting like they were already good. But later I saw this one kid who didn't go with his friends and was ripping it up, getting huge air off a quarter pipe. He was only with this one guy who was filming him, but other than that he didn't come with a group of friends. So goes to show being social is not that important and it's dumb to hate someone that's good because they're not social with others. Maybe because they aren't social is the reason they're so good.

But I do hope McMorris becomes the next big iconic snowboarder. His slopestyle run made me think he was Shaun White for a second.
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I think most of it has to do with Shaun White capitalizing on his skills and having massive exposure. So, if you're the kind of person who gets tired of seeing his face on gum, or whatever, I would guess you'd get tired of seeing him win every time he sets foot into a half-pipe.

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From other top pro riders, I think there's a lot of jealousy toward SW. He's making SOOOOO much more money than everyone else. I also think SW makes his own bed a lot because he does have an attitude that he's far superior to everyone else.

From riders' perspectives, I think there's just a lot of backlash because SW is just a superpipe rider. He doesn't really do anything else. The vast majority of snowboarders don't care about superpipe. They don't ride half pipe and don't really care all that much about it. All the publicity and hype in snowboarding outside of the sport comes from superpipe. The .01% of snowboarding gets 99.9% of the hype and publicity when it comes to mass media. SW is the best superpipe rider in the world, hands down. But, he's not even close to being the best overall snowboarder in the world and I think that's why there's a lot of "hate" toward SW from a lot of riders.

Just my thoughts.
 

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Louie Vito's response is understandable. He is his own person. SW is the 800lb gorilla in popular snowboarding. Yes.

It's like Tiger Woods. People get pissed when it's all anyone talks about in Golfing.

Plus Shaun White is a bit of a dick. But he's famous, he makes a ton of money, he fucked Bar Rafaeli. He earned it. He didn't luck into this. He's got skills and is even a pretty good skateboarder.

I don't like his riding as I don't like riding or watching pipe. But I don't hate him for it. Fuck it. Haters gonna hate. Let them hate and watch the money pile up.

Right after he started to blow up I saw him cruising by my moms house in a baby blue Lambo. Dick.

This was before I started snowboarding. But I instantly asked my wife (who did board) was that Shaun White?
 

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I haven't seen a single person hate on Shaun White in this forum yet, so why on earth did you bring up this subject? I agree with the above posters about Shaun, but.... why bring up the subject in the first place....
 

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I haven't seen a single person hate on Shaun White in this forum yet, so why on earth did you bring up this subject? I agree with the above posters about Shaun, but.... why bring up the subject in the first place....
 

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I don't have a reason to hate him, I really just hate all the hype he gets outside of superpipe. He is by far the best superpipe rider, no question. What bugs me is when they put up SHAUN WHITE VS MARK MCMORRIS, THE SHOWDOWN - on slopestyle. Like wtf? Shaun didn't even qualify last year!!!! (if I remember right). He gets so much attention that it's annoying. Every rider in slopestyle had their run compared to Shauns. There are so many slopestyle riders that are just as good as Shaun yet he gets tons of hype.
 

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Variety of factors:

One: he's ubiquitous with the sport. Which makes his target the biggest. Which is annoying because personally he's a douche. I'd say Travis Rice is probably number two popularity wise (correct me if I'm wrong) but people still love him (see below as why).
Two: He's a whore, massively so. Shaun White scooters? Get the fuck out. Shaun White gum? Target collection? Fucking really dude?
Three: He's anti social.
Four: He's a bitch, he declined SuperNatural last year. Fucking why? It's the biggest and best riders on a huge one of a kind course. Why would you decline that?
Five: Just jealousy, for 1-4 above..he's still rich and to some people that means he's a sellout.
 

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From other top pro riders, I think there's a lot of jealousy toward SW. He's making SOOOOO much more money than everyone else. I also think SW makes his own bed a lot because he does have an attitude that he's far superior to everyone else.

From riders' perspectives, I think there's just a lot of backlash because SW is just a superpipe rider. He doesn't really do anything else. The vast majority of snowboarders don't care about superpipe. They don't ride half pipe and don't really care all that much about it. All the publicity and hype in snowboarding outside of the sport comes from superpipe. The .01% of snowboarding gets 99.9% of the hype and publicity when it comes to mass media. SW is the best superpipe rider in the world, hands down. But, he's not even close to being the best overall snowboarder in the world and I think that's why there's a lot of "hate" toward SW from a lot of riders.

Just my thoughts.
Well I believe you're right on the idea super pipe gets the most attention. Because when I go to the resort, I don't really see anyone in the half pipe. Probably because it's alot harder and not as much fun as the park. So it's becomes more of a discipline and those who excel get the fame.

SW is amazing at pipe, but when I watched him do Slopestyle it just was not up to par with his pipe riding. McMorris must be stoked to beat an icon of snowboarding though. I'm glad they added slopestyle to the Olympics so I think he'll get even more recognition since that's where you really become famous.
 

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Well I believe you're right on the idea super pipe gets the most attention. Because when I go to the resort, I don't really see anyone in the half pipe. Probably because it's alot harder and not as much fun as the park. So it's becomes more of a discipline and those who excel get the fame.
I must congratulate you on somehow being just enough of a troll to piss everyone off, but not enough to get banned! :bowdown:
 
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