TBAM, the club in question is set to do a lot of good in raleigh. I cant even comprehend why a writer for a small, local paper would want to tear them down, especially in such a catty, public way.
Something about this article has a special stink, (and I'm not talking about the aromatic handcrafted beard oils).
The author does everyone a disservice, and this article insults the efforts of;
Everyone who came out, everyone who spent countless hours to pull it off, everyone who spent months planning this event, everyone who competed, everyone who donated money, time and supplies to make the event a success.
There were a lot of selfless, hardworking individuals that helped put on the competition, for no other reasons than to help charity and have fun doing it.
I'm not going to attack the author's person, or what his article says about his own personality. If you read between the lines, it says enough, (or should I say, a lot). I'm also not going to make pointless quips about his sexual preferences, or why he doesnt partake in the humble joys of craft beer and bacon, for no other reason than it is no business of mine.
This is, indeed, a poor excuse for a newspaper article. It seems much more like a personal blog, and would be more at home in the pages of a diary than a magazine. It is clear, that he drew, in his estimation, the proverbial "short straw" in the Indy's staffroom and had come out with no intention of having a good time. If this were the case, it is completely understandable that the point of the whole thing went so far over his head that he didnt even bother to look up.
It's not about gender.
It's not about prizes.
It's not about making yourself look like an alien.
It's not about women looking for lumberjacks.
It's not about "beard culture".
It's not even about beards.
It's about fun for a good cause. Charity. Giving to a good organization and not even asking for a thank you. So many people bought raffle tickets as an excuse to donate more to the cause.
It was awfully convenient to leave the whole charity aspect out of the article altogether, whatever the "reason". No one would take that seriously, it would be way too honest; "Local bearded man sulks at beard and moustache competition, thousands of dollars raised for local charity"
He ought to have let one of the crafty bearded ladies purchase him a libation of his choice.
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