Old-timer here. I watched the BDP production, and am a fan of Bomb Flow, and now Substantial. I'm an old Class V boater.
If walking the walk (or firing up the stout!) is what really matters, re: feminist cred -- huge. I have likely more real accomplishments in this arena (child care center built, normalization of gendered environments) than anyone that posts on this thread.
Re: enviro cred -- Likely have saved more river miles than anyone posted on this thread. Definitely saved more watersheds. When you look down on that clean water you're boating on in Idaho, I mos def had something to do with it.
None of that means my opinion is right, and yours is wrong. At the same time, don't go all self-righteous on me.
Let the lads have fun. They are intentional clowns. Anyone that looks at BF's 'Merica episode and can't see Dr. Gnar and co. making vicious, wicked fun of themselves has a humor-disabled disorder. Anyone that reads the Pucon Guidebook's advice on getting pix and doesn't see young men making fun of themselves -- I'm sorry for you. Women are portrayed as smart, men are portrayed as simple-minded and vain. it's hilarious. If you see hate, you're projecting your own insecurities into what is a funny little screed.
Healthy communities have a spectrum of individuals. I watch EG and Fred for the subtle humor and the reminder of youthful narcissism that enabled me, when I was their age, to step up to larger challenges in forest conservation that came from confronting challenges on the river. I watch Steve Fisher to understand the transitions that comes from a world-class paddler finding his place in a larger world. I watch Darin McQuoid because he fills my need for seeing those beautiful places that during my 20s, I was never quite good enough to paddle (always wanted to do the NF Mokelumne -- thanks, Darin!) I follow Ben Stookesbury to watch a young man mature into a global citizen determined not just to huck stouts, but make a larger difference. I watch Marianne Saether for her thoughtful contemplations on friendship, and living well locally. I click into Rudy Rampage to watch Rush make fun on a part of his personality he knows is alive and well, but he keeps in check. That means he's self-aware, folks -- and that means, even for a young man, he's on his way to enlightenment. I follow Ben Marr because Ben's low-key humor inspires my two teenage sons, as well as his self-deprecating attitude about what actually happens out there on the river.
Nothing in the whitewater set, not even BDP, comes close to matching the depravity that I've seen in the world of excess money. People drinking Keystone Light and dancing around with a couple of drunk women are tame. You want to see gross excess? Go to a yacht harbor or a pro football game. Now that's gross.
Richard Bach said "Perspective -- use it or lose it!" Truer words were never said. At my age, except for my f**ked up right shoulder, I am a whole person. And watching all these young people do all these incredible things that I'll never do, with humor and style, make me think that all those sacrifices I made for river conservation (and they were numerous) were worth it. All those videos, from the sublime to the ridiculous, confirm my fundamental belief -- there are simply no better folks than river folks.
And if you're reading this, and you're a river person, that means you too. So cut everyone some slack. That's also a lesson from the river.