Can a dust-up be one sided? We think so, well, we think so at this point because we need a dust-up for the month.
This month’s dust-up involves many in bigfootery vs. Todd Standing of Sylvanic productions. The Toddster made a splash a few years back, claiming amazing footage and the discovery of sylvanic, bigfoot’s shangri la. He definitely did much promotion, including political action in Canada, eeehh, to get bigfoot some legal coverage from being hunted. Please note that in the many, many years of bigfootery and people hunting him, as in having the goal of placing him in the cross-hairs, nobody has dragged a carcass out of the woods yet. Let’s make that last statement more bigfoot believer friendly: nobody has dragged a carcass out of the woods yet, that we know of – or maybe they just buried it. The Toddster faded away, claiming a need for money to fund his expeditions to sylvanic.
But in 2010, he’s back. He’s added a video or two and is making the rounds of the bigfoot internet shows – those paragons of journalism – promoting himself and a new “domicile area”. Some “bigfoot researchers” smelled something that wasn’t bigfoot when it came to the Toddster and started digging. Criticism’s leveled so far have included his continued excuse that he has to charge for his videos to recover bandwidth costs because of high-definition, he wished he didn’t have to charge, and he is not making money. We have heard the I am not making money claim from other carnival barkers of bigfootery, we are just about ready to put it on the checklist for those particular charlatans. One of the you- tub’in bigfooters has already pointed out in an interview with him that youtube will host in HD, free to load, free to view. We noticed a BFRO member did not let this money-making idea go by untapped and the BFRO is now promoting a low quality video on youtube that you can download for a fee in better quality elsewhere. One thing that we can confidently say about “Fourth Level Bigfoot Researchers”, they are not particularly adept at innovation, but they will shamelessly copy an idea if some money is to be had. But we digress, back to the dust-up. So criticism #1 leveled against Standing is that he has a lame excuse for charging to view videos.
Another serious charge that we have seen in two places, including the BFF, is that Standing has used multiple personalities on message boards to self promote his products and generally attempt to shape discussions about the sylvanic story. This charge is backed up by ISP tracking of multiple different commentors posts coming from the same IP.
Some of the folks in bigfootery are also up in arms over changes in the story that seem to adapt to problems others point out and clear fabrications that are then whisked away with more changes in the story.
While the one-sided discourse, some would claim they have revealed a fraud, has been entertaining, we feel there are many “Fourth Level Bigfoot Researchers” doing at least the same thing, if not worse. And some get a virtual free pass to continue in their ways while the Toddster gets whacked at pretty badly. Bigfootery, you gotta love it.