Skateboarding legend Clyde Singleton has had enough and defended fellow professional skateboarder Beatrice Domond against what he perceives as unwarranted criticism from the skateboarding community.
A chance encounter with a fan expressing love for Domond sparked Singleton's realization and subsequent outspoken stance on the issue.
Singleton took to social media to address what he sees as a double standard within the skateboarding community. In a post, he called out the haters, emphasizing that nobody has ever approached him asking about someone known for online comments rather than their skateboarding skills.
He argued that the community often glorifies individuals with various backgrounds, including those struggling with addiction or showcasing mediocre skating skills. He pointed out that critics who scrutinize Domond disregard other aspects of the culture that may be less savory.
The 48-year-old did not mince words when he highlighted the financial aspect of the argument, stating that those criticizing Domond aren't contributing to paying her bills.
He urged the skateboarding community to reconsider its priorities, especially given the history of allowing individuals with less-than-stellar skating skills to profit from the culture.
The veteran skateboarder also touched on the hypocrisy he sees within the community, where some skateboarders with corporate sponsors and even those who haven't skated in decades still maintain their status.
He questioned why some draw the line regarding someone like Domond, who may not fit the traditional mold of a top-tier skateboarder but is still a significant figure in the community.