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matty
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10/06/2020 4:32 pm  

He has been increasingly unhinged with the conspiracy theory talking points over the last couple of months. He seems to be firmly on board the QAnon train, with Trump portrayed as the savior against a deep-state conspiracy involving George Soros, the Federal Reserve banks, the UN's Agenda 2030 initiative, the NAACP, etc. He's talking about a race war. He's also spouting conflicting "plandemic/5G is causing coronavirus" and "the coronavirus is fake and we don't need to wear masks"stuff (which makes me wonder - is the coronavirus fake, planned, or a reckless side-effect of dangerous technology?!?!???).

Most of the things that he is saying are well-documented fantastical narratives put forward by racists and anti-semites in an effort to portray white Westerners as the victims of Jews and minorities. It's some really disgusting shit, but he appears to think that it's funny somehow, with many of his posts ending with laughing emojis.

He has not only been posting his own stuff, but hijacking posts by people like Gigi and Jeremy Jones. Gigi actually went through and deleted some of his comments from an instagram post last night/this morning. 

I have been just one of the people who have challenged his nonsense in comments threads, and I know that a number of people, including me, have reached out to his sponsors to alert them to what their brands are being associated with and encourage them to speak to him about using the voice that they help to amplify to help people during these very scary times instead of inciting fear and spreading hate-based misinformation. I don't know if Nico is dealing with a mental health crisis or some other thing that is interfering with his perceptions, but I think that those who have access to him in-person need to push back on his shit and see how they might be able to help him. Much of what he has put out there has seemed almost like a cry for help in it's extremes and indication of an apparently struggling and disoriented mind. It has often seemed almost fever-crazed in its rambling nature.

When it comes down to it, snowboarding is actually a fairly insular community - especially online. If you are willing, I encourage you to look into what Nico has been putting out there. If you are interested, you can actually speak up and counter his messages and challenge him to rethink his understanding of the world around him.


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10/06/2020 6:59 pm  

Yes, he’s batshit crazy. But honestly he’s been this way for a few years now, it’s just been amplified because of the craziness going on in the world right now. If you go back and watch Fruition, you can see the beginnings of it there. 


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10/06/2020 9:01 pm  

Yes, it is getting ridiculous. I had called him a sell-out a long time ago when other people were saying that he was just a crazy hippy. But now I can only describe him as  hypocritical fraud and snake-oil salesman. Maybe he started with some well intentioned but misguided beliefs, maybe there are some mental issues, maybe somebody else is controlling the whole thing, etc. But at this point, unless it is pure snowboarding, you have to assume that anything posted/put out by him or under his name is whacko/far removed from reality, deliberately misleading and/or purely for personal gain (and often all of these).

Sad. The guy is a god on a board, but is unscrupulously exploiting his fame and should be called out for hurting people who do not know any better.

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10/06/2020 11:30 pm  

I could deal with it if he was hawking magic mushroom powder like T. Rice or waving around crystals like Jamie Anderson. The thing that bums me out is that Nico's stuff is so overwhelmingly based on white supremacist conspiracy theory talking points. It's all about secret Jewish banking plots and shadow deep state conspiracies and an impending race war. Really vile shit. And he posts it all with "laughing so hard that I'm crying" emojis. Fucking gross.


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11/06/2020 4:37 am  

I hadn't thought those conspiracy things have white supremacy roots. Have to read up on it more. 

But yeah, Nico is not the only snowboarder/skater I've unfollowed on instagram due to spouting nonsense. Shame as it'd just be great watching them do their thing for which they're known.

Another point, not restricted to Nico, is the company virtue signalling in various forms. How many sponsored riders do you think are pressured into campaigning about various things to boost the company's moral virtues for profit? Snake oil sales tactics aside, I think this is another potential slippery slope for many riders fronting for companies.


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11/06/2020 8:44 am  
Posted by: @matty

I don't know if Nico is dealing with a mental health crisis or some other thing that is interfering with his perceptions

At a glance, no more than many seem to be these days. But I haven't really followed him for a long time. 

Seems to me we all face a great many issues and a slippery slope with constantly being connected to news / propaganda / online opinions.

And a real clue to how subjective our realities are and how we need to be very careful with the type of things we allow into our minds.


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11/06/2020 10:46 am  

Yeah these new religions are confusing, and starting to get alot of followers. Some underlying truth or motive backed with a whole heap of fiction like any other. Been seeing the same way of thinking from many others as well.


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11/06/2020 6:39 pm  

Sadly, also un-followed him couple months back. His pseudo-science/"woke" rants started becoming too much for me, personally. Bummer cos on a snowboard, he's been my fave to watch. But these days, it's gotten harder for me to separate the man, from the snowboard god that he is 😕.


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11/06/2020 9:02 pm  

Grandkoski, sandly, is back at it as well...plandemic, deep state, new world order shit...

 

From his recent IG story:

 


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11/06/2020 9:35 pm  

why are people


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11/06/2020 11:55 pm  

I thought we knew a long time ago that nico isn't the brightest person to step on a snowboard. And that in general it doesn't require too much of a brain to make it in it (as a rider or a businessman).

He is what he is. And tbh i can't waste time thinking about people who are unable to understand technology, how an economy works, how vaccines work and the dangers of having to deal with a novel virus.


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12/06/2020 6:12 am  

Unfortunately there are real-world effects from the conspiracy theories:  https://www.businessinsider.com/5g-conspiracy-theorists-razors-needles-telecoms-engineers-2020-6


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12/06/2020 6:25 am  
Posted by: @89c51

I thought we knew a long time ago that nico isn't the brightest person to step on a snowboard. And that in general it doesn't require too much of a brain to make it in it (as a rider or a businessman).

He is what he is. And tbh i can't waste time thinking about people who are unable to understand technology, how an economy works, how vaccines work and the dangers of having to deal with a novel virus.

He (or whoever is running the show for him on this if it is somebody else) seems plenty bright enough to make money off the conspiracy theories and myths by deliberately misleading and taking advantage of his fans/followers.

It is one thing for Travis and others to peddle whatever product for money. Most of the time it is pretty transparent and/or it doesn't go any further than praising the stuff giving a personal endorsement/talking about their supposed positive experience with the product etc. Obviously caveat emptor but that seems ok.

Nico's thing is on a whole other level. Not only is he a complete shill/has commercial interests, he pushes blatantly false scientific explanations about the health benefits of products - and combines it with conspiracy theories that are laced with racist/white supremacist themes, antisemitic messaging, thoroughly debunked allegations of deep state etc

It all just appears to be too calculated to just be a result of ignorance. And even pure ignorance is not an excuse - anybody from that part of the world has moral responsibility to have some historical awareness and should know what this kind of propaganda can lead to (and yes, Goldwin's Law and all).

This shit does impact lives, potentially many lives in very serious ways when it comes to the Coronavirus, cancer stuff, politics etc

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12/06/2020 6:58 am  

Open your eyes guys:

SG Boarder = 5G Boarder

 


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12/06/2020 8:40 am  
Posted by: @dandan

Open your eyes guys:

SG Boarder = 5G Boarder

 

Love it


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