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Such attitudes from "journalists" like you are deleterious to our sport, a REAL, actual SPORT. The only thing roller derby athletes FIGHT these days are the stereotypes perpetuated by articles like this.
Secondly, get the history of roller derby in general correct. While there was a huge revival (yes, REVIVAL meaning renewed interest in) in the 1970s, roller derby originally was invented during the Great Depression by Leo Setzer. Please pay homage where homage is due. And while you are at it, Shawn is correct by stating the latest revival of roller derby in its current flat track form began in 2004 in Austin, Texas. Hard Knox is not, as you state, 10 years behind.
A formal apology to the women of Hard Knox Roller Girls is much owed. These women you're demeaning are my friends, sisters from across the state. They're some hard working women with a passion for the sport of roller derby who put their blood, sweat, and tears into a volunteer organization (that's right, we don't get paid for this) and should not have to endure such outright b.s. like this article you're trying to pass off as "journalism".
I demand another article from this journal formally apologizing and telling the truth about derby and what a wonderful, empowering, revolutionary sport this is and how the women behind it are intelligent, strong, and athletic.
Sincerely,Bloody ElleMemphis Roller Derby
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