Exactly! It's like, chill people, the Olympics are like 4 months away and people (including TSL) are already hyping some skaters and dissing others because of their first performances of the season!
I did not watch TSL. Not worth of my time. That's the best answer to this extremely biased pair of journalist-wanabes!
I'm a huge Shibs fan (as people know pretty well here), but that was a food of thought that made me go back and watch their programs. It made me appreciate Chock and Bates a whole lot more.
I think there's a wide spectrum between sugar-coated PR and snarky, character assassinations.
TSL have not paid their dues, so to speak. Phil Hersh can be jerky sometimes, but at least he is a career journalist for an actual newspaper. If TSL wants to be at that level, then they need to play the industry game and become more respected before letting any insults fly. It's like a pop singer has to do what the label wants on their first album before getting the freedom to be more artistic.
At first, I thought Dave might be dragging Jenny down, but she has the choice to stay or leave and she has made the choice to stay. I am afraid it is making her look bad which is a shame this early in her career. I think she could have gone the classy way of Manley Woman and still done some really interesting interviews, by herself. In hindsight it might have seemed hilarious, wild and wacky to partner with Dave, but it's starting to get annoying now. When your show is causing this much controversy I don't believe it's a good thing.
And yes I do believe that there is a mob bullying skaters right now (not just Dave) that really needs to stop.
The mocking of Meryl's voice was simply not professional.
Ashley and Meryl have very different personalities. Ashley has always been outgoing and outspoken. I remember how much flack she got in 2012 for stating that she was there to win, or something like that.
Meryl strikes to me as a more reserved person. But that doesn't mean she's unrelatable, it means how people relate to Meryl will be different than how people relate to Ashley.
Meryl has sort of that "Funny Girl" persona to me. She is humorous and funny in a very cerebral way. I mean, she did the freakin WORM during The Ice tour last summer. That cracks me up big time.
But wouldn't it be nice if more of the MERYL DAVIS, WORM DANCING GAL came out in interviews rather than MERYL DAVIS, CANNED TUNA? That's what I mean that I'm sure in day to day life they're not at all like they come across in interviews.
TSL makes a mockery of journalism. Where does this Dave guy (Adult skater) get his expertise?
Not so much about the issue at hand perhaps, but... I don't think anyone owes it to people to come out and be "personal" - some people are comfortable being all outgoing and so on - some are not. Be it actors, or athletes, or whoever. Their job is to do the best they can in their chosen vocation - not to entertain us in interviews or whatever. If they do, that is a fine bonus, to be sure, but not something we should be demanding of them. Some people are naturally more reserved or introverted. Or even shy. They may be comfortable "going all out" on stage, in a role portraying someone other than themselves, or out on the ice - or whatever - but not comfortable in interviews and with journalists.
This may, as I said, not necessarily be pertinent to the discussion at hand - but just generally how I feel on some things that have been touched upon.
A lot of skaters are very reserved and never say anything of significance. For many years, one such was Kristi Yamaguchi. She wasn't the most interesting interview, but I never thought of it as a reflection of her character. She would answer with platitudes in an almost singsong voice, as if trying to give the least possible information with the greatest possible politeness. But her skates spoke eloquently. I never found it hard to relate to her, and she's become more assured as she's grown older and more experienced. Likewise, Meryl seems like someone who wants to be thought of as a skater first and last and isn't particularly keen about sharing any more than her favorite color with the public. This means nothing in terms of how to judge her character.
Since we're using important world issues to evaluate skaters who have not chosen to weigh in on them, let me apply that technique to the TSL folks.
I'd like to know what David Lease has to say about the fact that the honeybee population is diminishing steeply and frighteningly. It's obviously due to some environmental poisoning, and since roughly one-third of America's agricultural production depends on honeybee pollination, we could be on the brink of a serious food shortage. (I'm not making this up or saying it as a joke. I've been following this story for a few years now.) This will affect people all over the country, and the fact that Lease has remained silent on it (and would probably laugh at me for bringing it up, but he'll feel the brunt of it just like everyone else real soon) might make me hazard a judgement as to his character. However, I'll be charitable.