[ETA, the one exception was that I needed confirmation (which you subsequently provided) that you were proposing the option of a 100%-no-autographs-policy. Thank you for the confirmation in a previous post.]Agree that autograph seeking by true fans is something positive.
Continue to strongly disagree that anything positive at all can be said about autograph sellers who want to make money off the cooperation of public figures. And rudeness from the autograph sellers added insult to injury, as did bothering Wagner at midnight for their mercenary purpose.
Thought the correct spelling might be helpful to anyone who might want to look up Baden's Instagram and Twitter accounts ... or quotes in articles, etc.
Our skaters need tro stop being so "Stepford Wifes" in interviews.
I didn't know where to post this exactly, so I'll write it here. Does anybody know why Phil Hersh (American journalist) is being so harsh on Ashley Wagner? I might react this way 'cos I'm from Europe where journalists are very nice to athletes. I read that he for example sent an sms to Ashley after her SP in SA, writing about how good Radionova was, and now he was twittering about how well some of the skaters did in SC compared to Ashley. Who the hell this guy thinks he is. I'm disgusted by this kind of journalists. And I would say this no matter who the skater in question is. To send sms with a negative tone to skaters when they are competing is really rude.
I hope someone sees my post above and replies. It would be interesting to know what is behind all this twittering by Hersh.
Sports journalism in the US is often nasty to athletes. I think Hersh's tone is a transfer from the way team sports are reported here, & even more so how athletes are discussed in sports call in shows and in sports discussion shows.
Very sad. I'm glad I live in Finland, journalists would never act like that towards athletes here.
I am happy for anyone who is the underdog and comes back to meet success. That is why I began to root for Ashley in the first place. But....
I don't like when athletes act as if they are sought after celebrities.
Shouting out to the "picture scalpers" reminding them how important they are and reminding how "valuable" their signature is ..Please ...really?
Unnecessary as was and is Ashley's constantly responding to Phil on Twitter. I think grace and humility is missing from the present US lady's field. I don't think that Michelle Kwan would have behaved in that manner. The Japanese skaters are blasted with press and are gracious to fans and "suspicious" fans alike. Yuna was always gracious and a class act too. Say what you will about Rachael Flatt but over her ups and downs of her career she never gave off the "self important" façade or acted like she was doing the skating community a favor and got more criticism than most girls in the sport. She seems to have the most intelligent response to her critics, a successful life dedicated to helping people.
Examples: during Skate America he call a 14 yr old the Young and the Breastless.
He made fun of Ashley by saying Elena's score is better than Ashley have gotten
He said a competition where D/W are not competing against V/M is not worth watching.
During Skate Canada, after the short program he twitted that after Gracie's SP Ashley Wagner should be worry.
Before that he tweeted that if Ashley competed at Skate Canada her SP would have been on 4th place
I like Ashley a lot, but I thought it was not necessary to respond to Philip and she did
Phil Hersh can be such a douche--which is why I hate when I sometimes find myself agreeing with him... Sending nasty messages to a skater is bad enough, but sending them mid-competition? Ugh!
I agree with Tonichelle that Hersh is trying to get under Ashley's skin. I don't mind Ashley replying--I happen to like her spunky personality, and would not want her to try to fit in whatever image IMG, USFSA, or skating fans would prefer. Just be your spirited self, Ashley!