Comments about ‘23-year-old gold medalist, husband and father David Wise living 'alternative lifestyle'?’

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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19 2014 2:35 p.m. MST

Updated: Thursday, Feb. 20 2014 8:41 a.m. MST

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PGVikingDad
Pleasant Grove, UT

I'm feeling much more exotic after reading this article.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

We're looking for controversy where there is none.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

Hmmmmm, no controversy huh? So they (NBC - Liberal Media) refers to a Christian man, married to a woman, with a child, who would like to be a Pastor some day alternative. What is alternative about being such? Alright, so I guess it is alternative because he wants to be a Pastor instead of a Chef or school teacher. In that case, I guess we are all considered alternative. Or is it because liberal media NBC thinks it is because he choose not to have a boyfriend, and no kids is that it? To be alternative is to make a choice between two possibilities. So that is what makes his lifestyle alternative. Political correctness doesn't belong in the media. Just report the story for what it is. He's a good kid, he puts family values first, and he has a dream and or goal to be a Pastor. Good for him. But for Hutterite to turn a blind eye and say there is no controversy, there is. And no by Des News standards. But by NBC. Did I say liberal media.

Dr. Coach
Bountiful, UT

I must agree with Mollie Hemingway's comment, quoted in this D-News article: "if this is any indication of media views on normalcy, our society is pretty much doomed."

In recent years, the NBC broadcast family has become a bastion of progressive, less-than-family friendly news and entertainment. That's why I have watched ZERO minutes of Olympic coverage. Don't get me wrong. I love the Olympic competitions. They're terrific. Sometimes inspiring. But after years of listening to NBC's social logic I've decided to turn them off. All of them. Entirely.

How much progressive television can one Olympics endure? If only they were on the history channel.

Aggie5
Kuna, ID

And this is what the world has become. I have four kids, a happy marriage, no debt other than small mortgage, no alcohol, drugs, no Facebook, no twitter, so I'm an alternative I guess as well.
The deeper meaning of this thought process is scary.
The world has flipped. Completely...

silo
Sandy, UT

Did any of you even read the NBC article? Based on the comments here, it would seem not.

The article clearly points out that relative to his peers in the freestyle skiing genre, Wise has the alternative lifestyle.

Hutterite was correct. There's no controversy in the NBC story. No liberal destruction of the delicate conservative fabric.

He's a great dad, husband, athlete and representative of the US Winter Olympic team.

Celebrate him for that, or don't, but stop with the whining already.

Crisco B
Salt Lake City, UT

No Facebook? Well......that is a bit alternative.

I do not think this is a major controversy, but it is a sign of the times. I also find it odd that a Hutterite is on here commenting since most Hutterites are very family central and have large families.

bandersen
Saint George, UT

Only a media that is hyped up all the day long at the very edge of nothingness would use a term like "alternative lifestyle" to deflect as much meaning as possible from what is really important. I'll bet they pored over every word in the dictionary, wrestling for hours trying to figure out the headline that would somehow remind everyone that the most normal thing in the world to do, and the most responsible, is just an one choice among many. Heaven forbid that the media would actually go out on a limb and say the unspeakable--that this is a man that expresses a depth in life regarding marriage and family that the world sorely needs. How daring? Oops, daring? The media daring? An oxymoron if ever there ever was one!

Joey D
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

I think the media in general lives the alternative lifestyle! They're so out of touch with reality it's shocking. They need to get a grip and face the facts the majority of americans live this lifestyle.

JoeCapitalist2
Orem, UT

The use of "alternative" here means "out of the norm". If you compare him with all the other 23 year old skiers and snowboarders out there, then his lifestyle is definitely different.

But it seems that the liberal media in this case was trying to point out that his lifestyle is also out of the norm of a huge portion of society, which unfortunately is becoming more true every day.

Other "alternative lifestyles" coming soon:
1) People who ever get married.
2) Kids who move out of their parents' house before age 26.
3) People who believe in God
4) People who have a job.
5) Kids who know their father.

Outside-View
Federal Way, WA

"And what was good will now be considered evil and what was evil will be considered good"

The sentiment expressed in this article, not just compared to other athletes, seems to indicate that the above prophetic statement has arrived.

TahoeVelo
Incline Village, NV

Yes, he doesn't exactly fit the mold of the typical Olympic athlete, but to say that he lives an alternative lifestyle is a little off base, considering how that term is more commonly used these days. NBC, nice job of trying to stir up controversy when there is none. This is why I have mostly avoided following the Olympics this year.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

@Silo

The article was read. Again, I ask, what makes his life alternative to those other skiers? So he chooses to wear his snow pants at his waste instead of down around his knees. He chooses to make his family lifestyle a part of his appreciation for having success in the winter games. He chooses marriage & family over a single promiscuous life. So again, I ask, what is alternative about a traditionally family way of living?

So controversy is there with the direct quote and suggestion that his lifestyle is "alternative" by NBC - liberal media. Again NOT DesNews.

So another blind eye being turned. Lets live in a world of black and white, no gray and lets tell the truth already instead of trying to cover up an accusation or mistake.

Do people just not get that what is wrong with this world is all the liberal changes. Everybody says they wish they could go back to the time when they were kids, it was a good peaceful time then. Liberalism is what has grown, not the family movement, it is being destroyed. And still the left wonders and says it is the right who is hurting things. Go figure.

l.cee
Ridgefield, WA

A whole lotta broad brush paintin' goin' on.

One reporter and maybe the boss who approved the article does not mean every person in "the media" would have chosen the wording "alternative lifestyle" and that that same media must be liberal because of that choice of words.

Deseret News contributed to "the controversy" by posting the article.

Rustymommy
Clovis, NM

Alternative lifestyle? Alternative to what? He has a wife and a kid. He loves them. He makes sure they know they are loved. He thinks about being a minister. If that is alternative lifestyle, may we all be alternative types. If this is possibly about less than traditional marriage roles, welcome to women's rights. Women expect to be treated equally. Whether you are a man or a woman isn't supposed to matter in the business world. By the same token, it shouldn't matter in the domestic world. As a math nut, it only makes sense. In math if W=M, then it is equally true that M=W. It's not alternative. It is precise and undisputable.

Wonder
Provo, UT

Many posters on here probably use the term "alternative lifestyle" to mean something abhorrent to them (i.e. homosexuality), so they take this statement in the article as if it were meant negatively. I'm pretty sure the reporter only meant that it is unusual for a 23 year old snowboarder to have a wife and 2 year old child. Just because you use the term to mean something that you disrespect doesn't mean that everyone else does. The article did not say it was a bad lifestyle, just not the typical lifestyle for a professional snowboarder of this age.

germanygator
Apo, AE

Everyone's missing the opportunity here. If Wise is living an alternative lifestyle, then that means he, and millions of others like him, are now entitled to special treatment, special government entitlements, and no further criticism by the media.

I hope to read more about this "alternative lifestyle" because our society is so upside down that one has to fall into a protected group in order not to be made fun of on an everyday basis by our media and pop culture.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I remain unrepentant. There is no controversy here, at least not an actual one. One that has been incited or fabricated....maybe. NBC was truthful in pointing out his lifestyle is different than one would expect for a person of his age in his pursuit. They were also foolish, or at least neglectful, to use the phrase 'alternative lifestyle' when it's hard not to know what a hot button phrase this can be to some people with thin skins. If his is an alternative lifestyle, then so is mine (wife, mortgages, kids), I guess the difference being that my skills in excessive obfuscatory oratory rhetoric will never be used in the preaching business. So to all of us alternative lifestylers out there, and there are so many of us that we're practically mainstream, cheers.

gmlewis
Houston, TX

Headlines are written to grab attention. This headline certainly succeeded. For the NBC reporter: Mission Accomplished!

It is obvious from the original article that the reporter was impressed with his emotional and spiritual maturity. At 23, he is acting grown up!

U-tar
Woodland Hills, UT

This world has become so creepy, that a decent story seems odd nowadays to NBC, pathetically sad!

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