A battle of masculinity | AspenTimes.com

A battle of masculinity

Editor’s note: The writer is correct in pointing out that the Times incorrectly reported that Romero was cited in this incident.Dear Editor:I am writing in response to the inaccurate and unprofessional article that was published by Charles Agar, “A Beatdown at Boogies” (July 13). Not only was the story completely biased, but the facts were wrong as well. Agar states in his article: “Chitty and Romero were issued summonses and released.” It was actually Chitty and Ukraine that were released. This so-called journalist cannot even relay the story accurately, which is vital considering the circumstances. It is upsetting to read such a skewed article that portrays these young men as racist bigots. Journalism is about accuracy and staying objective, in this case the “journalist” failed at both. Aside from these poor journalistic skills that Agar used, the fact of the matter is that this was a drunken bar fight, and nowhere near what he referred to as a hate crime. Alcohol promotes aggressive behavior and we all know that fights are not an unusual occurrence in the bar scene in Aspen. We’ve all seen it go down, many a time.Both Chitty and Ukraine have spent copious amounts of time in South and Central America and are not racist, that’s for sure. A fight is a fight, and this one just happened to be with a Latino. There was no “racist motivation” behind this fight, just a battle of masculinity.I’m not defending the barbaric act of fighting, I’m just trying to defend my friends from a bad rumor.Sydney PrikrylAspen


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