Apparently you missed the implication of my post. This was a well known and "cool" (goatee and spiky hair surfer dude type) TV personality who told someone that had never been on a snowboard before to do something incredibly dangerous to himself and others. "You don't need to know how to do it - just point the board straight downhill and go REALLY fast, dude!" They did not consult a certifed instructor or do anything else that would have been considered responsible.
Kids watch this stuff. I personally don't want to be on the slope downill of some kid who watched (or whose parents watched) this show, who now think that the way to learn to snowboard is to go buy a board, ride the lift to the top of Copper Mountain and head straight downhill without benefit of any instruction or having acquired any steering/braking skills. It's a disaster waiting to happen for some poor hapless soul (or several of them).
Would you be happy about a TV program that told your 8 year old that it was oK to go take the keys, start Daddy's car and drive it down the block? It's pretty much the same thing and equally dangerous. Maybe this makes me "uptight" in your book, and if that is the case, then I am proud to be so.
P.S. The word is Laxative - if you are going to use it please learn to spell it.