So that is the reason the ratings are down, real men have stopped watching it.
I saw this on American television yesterday, and thought "now what?" I remember when Michael Weiss use to compete and the sport analyst use to make a big deal about him having a wife and a kid. They also use to point out that he was a huge football fan. They did the same thing with Elvis with his Martial Arts background and dirt biking. It was so obvious that they were trying to make their toughness and machoness standout. A straight guy in this sport has a very difficult time maintaining their masculine image intact. The minute the public knows that they skate, the questions, the teasing, the bullying arise. When that stupid Blades of Glory came out I wanted to puke. I knew they would make a mockery of my favorite sport.
I had hoped that by this time we as a society have accepted the fact that there are many layers to being a man, not just one of beer drinking, fist fighting, gun toting, and rear-slapping team sports. A man is capable of using his strength, his dance-ability, his musicality, his creativity, basically his genious to create a master piece that will both move us and leave us wanting more without us having to ever question whether it is gay in nature or not.
Why is it, we underestimate man? Is today's man really bothered by figure skating?
Okay, I am going to stop now, I think I lost track of what I was going to say.
I find this highly ironic, as what drew me to men's figure skating in the first place was the beautiful skating of skaters like Stephane Lambiel and Jeffrey Buttle, not the tough-guy posturing of other skaters considered more 'macho.'
I doubt that the people who exclusively like the hard-hitting tough-guy action of hockey and other more physical sports would ever like figure skating, a strictly non-contact sport. As a hockey fan myself, I watch figure skating and hockey for two completely different reasons.
SC sends really confusing signals!
I have to agree on costumes. What is the point of sequines and bangels?
I have notice this past season or two that the Canadian men, esp Jeff Buttle and Vaughn Chiper have been wearing very simple costumes. Patrick, while more decorative has been pretty classic. I tend to like this style more....authough I hated Vaughn Chiper's blue tourist shirt!
gee, could they find better male skaters to talk about so called "Macho" image? an uber-effeminate Elvis Stojko and a high-pitched Jeremy Ten?
Bring back the quads!!!!
Seriously, the whole "skating is an effeminate sport" thing is just something people who don't know much about skating think. However, I do think that the new system does priviledge graceful skating rather than powerful skating. Most male skaters aren't effeninate, being artistic doesn't mean being girly, just take guys like Stéphane Lambiel or Alexei Yagudin.
I think the idea of wanting to bring hockey fans to watch figure skating is ridiculous. If people want to watch a hockey match then let them watch hockey, not figure skating. Skating is not just a sport, but also an art. I think it's really funny though, how it should be Skate Canada who is pushing for more "macho" skating as Canadian skaters tend to be elaborate and artistic.
I don't think the dabte should be about whether one prefers more graceful skaters or more macho skaters, I think it shoud be about each person having his own style, but doing it well.