What. A. Weekend!
For those of you who don’t know, yesterday our article “Is YAMA Talent More Harmful To The ‘Yoga Community’ Than John Friend’s Penis Pursuits?” was removed from Elephant Journal. While Waylon Lewis, as well as Kate Bartolotta were extremely gracious hosts, forced to field hate mail from both blog troller and upper crust “yogi” alike, in the end it was deemed best to remove the piece.
During the short time the article was live (roughly 48 hours) it generated over 2,000 hits, while people commenting on the piece went more or less nuts calling us assholes and fakes. We wanted to see where the conversation would go for people, and stayed outside the fray and let Sadie Nardini redefine the article as a slight against her, while the rest of the crowd either sang her and the fame-centric yoga world she maintains praise, or called for our virtual heads to be served on a platter.
From our vantage point, the response and ultimate finale could not have been more poetic. Our intent for the piece was to pair the empty commercialism of yoga culture that permeates every crack of Western yoga practice against the outcry over John Friend putting his penis where it seemed to belong until sex-afraid yogis started feeling dirty. The response to the article began in a way that highlighted that dichotomy, however the discussion was then, in a brilliant marketing move, quickly derailed into a discussion of whether or not Sadie Nardini should be able to make money peddling teacher training courses that to us sound more like “Millionaire Maker” Marshall Sylver‘s get-rich-fast Turning Point Seminars than anything else (see for yourself).
And while people were sending hate mail to the editors at Elephant Journal, and we were getting “shame on you” emails from yoga moms the world over, Waylon and The Babarazzi found a way to put an end to the mayhem. Elephant Journal has a no “nome de plume” policy that is intended to maintain a standard of transparency on the site. And, as you know, we The Babarazzi have a strict pro “nome de plume” policy that allows the collective of Babarazzi writers to create chaos under a single banner. The incongruency of these two positions forced both our hands and the piece was removed.
In the end, the happening as a whole left us with mixed emotions.
On the one hand, what we do here at The Babarazzi HQ is intentionally provocative. We have elevated mockery to the level of social critique in such a way as to draw celebriyogis and those that directly facilitate the overcommercialization of the yogic tradition out into the open, in a way, forcing them to step out from behind their imagined facade and into the halogen-powered street lights. On the other hand, we’re just writing about what we see with no intent to provoke. As crazy as it may sound, provocation is not our main intent. Taking on the role of paparazzi to the yogilebrities of the world, however, is. For us, it is an act of social criticism and exposure to do so. We use the rules laid out for us by the paparazzi parasites of the world in order to critique the celebrity parasites of the yoga world. So far, it is working.
Thank you, our core following, The Babarizzinis, for participating in what promises to be an interesting adventure. We leave you with this….