Originally Posted by dookey67
let's face it, the core demographic for skiing is white males and their families. At least here in the states (snowboarding has done loads to drastically change the racial make-up of the whole snowsports industry, though). I'm speaking in general terms, of course. But still, skiing has been, and continues to be, a largely white sport.
so nobody but me thinks that it's strange to have a bunch of white/caucasion AT/Tele skiers riding around on skis with the image of a black preacher on them?
to have a ski company marketing a ski with a black preacher on it to a core demographic that largely consists of upper middle class white males seems a bit un-PC. I mean did an African/American ski designer come up with that idea or was it created by a group of white ski designers/marketers? (I would hazard a guess that it was the latter).
all i know is that when I showed that ski to some of my friends here in San Francisco they all universally exclaimed "That's some messed up ishit. We hope you're not planning on getting a pair of those."
maybe we're a little too PC around here, but it just strikes me as being a tad bit in poor taste.
I mean how many skis are out there with pictures of white preachers on them being skied by black skiers? Um, none that I know of.
G3 easily could have had a picture of Reverend Horton Heat on the ski and still called it the Reverend.
Their latest ski is called The Hombre. Did a Hispanic or Mexican/American design that ski? Probably not.
I could equate the same toward the whole "Japanese" Mantra/Karma/Katana line of the Volkls. Here's a German based company making skis with Japanese graphics on them. Or Fishcer utilzing those Maori names and images on their line of freeride skis. That's a little odd, don't you think?
I find it interesting, that's all.
Perhaps "racist" wasn't the right term, but what would you call it then?
I think that you thinking that white people can't ride around on skis with black people on them is racist.
Should you only be able to ski on skis consistent with your culture/race/religion/upbringing/socio political viewpoints?
Why the segregation man?
Is it because it represents affluent white people trying to suffocate the black preacher man in light fluffy pow?
well, lemme tell you something there, them rev's float.
If it makes you feel better, you can tell your san fran buddies that
black man lifts the white man to the heavens.
The hombre? Isn't that friend, but cooler sounding?
Hey bro, check out my new G3 friends, they're siiiiick!