Ya, most of the people I have met don't even know what hooping is still let alone have a stereotype of them in their minds. So I think this is definitely an area where we can look at it as an opportunity. There is a whole world out there who hasn't a clue about us, so in an area where we can only worry about ourselves and hold us and maybe our friend circle responsible, we can make sure to step up to the challenge of cleaning up after ourselves, being respectful of others' space, etc.
All of us are going to be placed in situations where we are people's first encounter with hoopers. We have the power to make it a positive and rewarding introduction. That way, when those people see the "bad seeds", their first thoughts will be geared to comparing that with you ("oh that's not like the hoopers I met. They were so nice and kind.. these guys are weird") instead of you having to fight being compared to them and automatically being placed in a position where you have to prove yourself as something good ("oh she's a hooper. I met some of those once and they were so rude").
Well said Shekinah!
I would like to think that people aren't going to make the assumption that one "bad" hooper means ALL hoopers are going to be like that.
There's nothing we can really do but be ourselves and be the best that we can be.
unfortunately i was lumped in with these hoopers this weekend which i think is what bothered me the most. because i was the only hooper there that was respectful of others and of my tailgating site. After they left people kept asking me if i was with them because i was hooping as well. I agree though, I and a few of my friends helped clean up the area that they had trashed, it only takes a few good seeds to out weigh the bad ones, i was just so out numbered there I felt defeated.
well said though safire, i always make sure im representing the community i love in the most positive way possible. stomping out the stereotypes one person at a time and spreading our love is all we can do. :)
Ah, posers.....I noticed at the last burn I went to that it was 'trendy' to carry hoops around. They couldn't neccesarily do anything with them....barely hoop at the waist is all. I dunno if I am just being stupid or if people really do it just because it's 'trendy'. It didn't really bother me, but it bothered my husband.
I think that no matter what the current 'trend' is there will be people who want to jump on the band wagon, but just don't have the strength or Independence to keep with the thing they love versus doing wherever the masses flood to do at that particular stage in trend time. Sad really, in my opinion, we have all been there though; I personally found what I want to stick with...
As a loving community, its our responsibility to remember that its a discovery process for them as well!
i agree with you amy. I saw a girl with her LED inside the venue and she was in the front part of the lawn, im sure that was making alot of people behind her mad. i would have atleast hooped in the back of the lawn if you are going to do that. My boyfriend also hates when hoopers bring there hoops into the venue, the space is cramped and most people arent good at hooping and watching where people are at the same time. I have a hoop troupe that performs in the midwest area but we only hoop at festivals or large outside venues.
Calypso Moon Hooper: We did clean it up right in front of them, well they were in there car in line but they could definitely see us, i dont think they cared at all though. I hate litter bugs, it makes everything look trashy and the planet cant pick up after you its your own job and its not like its that hard... they even had three trash bags at there site right next to where all the bottles were laying. I dont have hoop hate for anyone though, i love the hooping community, in fact just before this all happened i was trying to help them learn some new tricks, im all about spreading the hoop love :)