Big cities are places to be feared and avoided. This is especially true if you are wealthy and white, and you’re a skier, so you are. Freeskiing’s number one journalist, Mike Rogge, shed light on the horrors of the American underclass. Even the Asians at RPI aren’t what they used to be.
Nonetheless, gentrification creeps into cities as incredibly hairy white people move into the slums and are then followed by decreasingly hairy waves of newcomers. It’s really messing up the ‘hood, and forcing skiers to rethink the validation and authentication they get from going to the Bronx or Roxbury.
We spoke with a filmer at Stept Productions and he told a story of serious ghetto decline. He explained, “Yeah we were really amped to shake some black people’s hands like Steele Spence in Focused, but all we could find was a sorta brown dude and a white person with poor hygiene. It was a huge disappointment.” The filmer went on, “We even tried to get them to talk about slangin drugs, but they were too worried that if a college administrator saw the footage they might be forced to go to a safety school like Brown.”
When I asked if it was worth it for skiers to go to inner-cities anymore, he replied, “I have to say no…we spent so much time in post-production editing out all of the Starbucks signs and car radios blasting NPR. That’s time and money, do you know how hard it is to dub over Marty Moss Coane? Damn near impossible.”