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Scottish trials ace provokes controversy with latest clip featuring women in Playboy Bunny outfits

Any video from Danny MacAskill is bound to attract plenty of attention on social media – but his latest one has seen the Scottish trials ace come under criticism, due to its setting, the Playboy Mansion, plus the presence in the clip of several 'Playmates,' women dressed in Playboy Bunny outfits.

The Gothic-Tudor style Los Angeles home of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, aged 88, forms the backdrop to a video uploaded yesterday by MacAskill's sponsor Red Bull’s and flagged up by the cyclist to his followers on Facebook and Twitter.

The video, it has to be said, is a bit short on stunts, adding to a feeling held by many that it’s primarily gratuitous, and it also comes at a time when in the wider cycling world, women are pushing for equality, with the first edition of La Course by Le Tour de France taking place in Paris last weekend.

Plenty of MacAskill’s Facebook followers did like the video – more than 11,000 likes and 3,000 shares on the social network attests to that – and while there were many comments in favour of the video (by no means all of them printable), not everyone was enthusiastic.

One Facebook user, Stewart Lewis, said: “He can ride a bike for sure. But, still the Playboy mansion, bunny girls, old Hefner there's something proper strange about that whole thing, a bit Saviley. Red Bull, Extreme, extreme weird.”

Nick Hussey, founder of the clothing brand Vulpine – which sponsors the Matrix Fitness –Vulpine women’s cycling team – tweeted a picture of a Facebook post giving his reaction to the video, describing MacAskill as “… a role model… He has a responsibility. He’s in the public eye, chooses to be, and needs to think about his actions.”

If you’d actually like to see a video of MacAskill doing what he does best, we’d recommend watching this one produced for the BBC as part of its Commonwealth Games coverage which includes some stunning shots of the rider performing tricks on the Finnieston Crane which towers over the River Clyde.

Meanwhile, we’re with our friends over at Singletrack Magazine on this one, who we think sum it up quite well.

 

 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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step-hent [718 posts] 1 year ago
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Nicely put by Singletrack there.

I wonder, are there many female trials riders? It's not an area of cycling I follow much and I've never seen any women in this branch of the sport. Maybe Mr MacAskill could do a video with one to redress the balance a bit?

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jmaccelari [237 posts] 1 year ago
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Get over it. If it offends you, don't watch it... I'm certainly not offended by the location, but the fact that it was shot at the Playboy mansion has not made me want to watch it, either.

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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It's also strange that people have focused on the well paid, attractive women who are there of their own volition but don't give a monkeys about the monkeys that are stuck there, trapped in cages.

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timothypulleyn [11 posts] 1 year ago
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Can't help but find it slightly contradicting/hypercritical given Singletrack covered the Vain Vagrant release...

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Some Fella [890 posts] 1 year ago
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I took the piss slightly with his last video in Argentina - pointing out the rather conspicuous Red Bull helmet and the cheesy and not all staged cut away to Danny enjoying the refreshing taste of Red Bull.
I countered it by saying that i have no problem with someone making a bit of dough on the back of their talent.

However - i think Danny's next trick should be of him jumping a shark because as far as im concerned this is where we are with this.

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dreamlx10 [144 posts] 1 year ago
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Somebody had to be offended, it's 2014 not the eighties.

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Jacob [40 posts] 1 year ago
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Storm in a tea cup. By drawing attention to this video by doing an article like this will only make people want to watch it more.

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leftsideoverhere [5 posts] 1 year ago
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I think the 'Savile' reference in the quoted reaction to the video actually reads as a reference to Hugh Hefner, not Danny Mac.

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don simon [722 posts] 1 year ago
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Absolutely shocking!! I've just watched the video and am lost for words.
The overreaction to this is more likely to point me in the direction of who to avoid in future.

I've been a supporter of women's cycling since before it became fashionable.
Some of my best friends are women. Etc, etc...

EDIT: I forgot to mention the caged animals too, poor little sods!

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Him Up North [235 posts] 1 year ago
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Sad as it may be, there really is no down side for Red Bull on this one.

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cub [86 posts] 1 year ago
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"We won’t be featuring the latest video from @danny_macaskill on our site because, well, it’s 2014 and not the 1980s"

This isn't actually a noble feminist comment about a how modern man has moved on from objectifying women.

It's merely that while in the 1980s that video might have done us for that one before bed, with all that's on the internet these days a woman in a bikini won't even get the little lad to twitch.

So with the riding being average too there really isn't much there.

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midschool [48 posts] 1 year ago
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This is hillarious. If people are offended by this they really need a reality check. Its a guy riding a bike through the gardens of a house with some pretty ladies dotted about. Think about it. Anyone who wants to get up on their high horse and turn it into some political and social commentary is only trying to make themselves feel better about who they are.

Its Friday, Danny is a kick ass bike rider, Hugh Hefner is on his last legs, go have a drink and get on with your lives.

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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I cant help but think that Singletrack and yourselves are going to end up Streisanding this video.

It's a bit shit, in fact very shit in comparison with his other stuff, but I'm not highly offended by it.

It's just an advert for Red Bull, which is also shit, so they probably thought, quite rightly that a video of some tricks in to the Playboy Mansion would attract a lot of viewers, regardless of the quality of the stunts.

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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leftsideoverhere wrote:

I think the 'Savile' reference in the quoted reaction to the video actually reads as a reference to Hugh Hefner, not Danny Mac.

I think you're correct, I read it as "that whole thing" being Saviley and took "that whole thing" meaning the video but it's more likely to be a reference to Hefner and his mansion. I think from a legal point of view I'd rather piss off a stunt bike rider than a cranky old multimillionaire!

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dreamlx10 [144 posts] 1 year ago
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cub wrote:

"We won’t be featuring the latest video from @danny_macaskill on our site because, well, it’s 2014 and not the 1980s"

This isn't actually a noble feminist comment about a how modern man has moved on from objectifying women.

It's merely that while in the 1980s that video might have done us for that one before bed, with all that's on the internet these days a woman in a bikini won't even get the little lad to twitch.

So with the riding being average too there really isn't much there.

I like it, not much chance of that post lasting long here.  21

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lolol [181 posts] 1 year ago
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It seems a shame to say it, what with the amazing skills involved, but these videos get very samey. The first was very impressive, the second I stopped watching half way through, and not sure if I can be bothered at all now.

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meursault [28 posts] 1 year ago
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If you don' t give a monkeys about the monkeys, does that mean you do give a monkeys?

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chris75018 [99 posts] 1 year ago
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"Danny is a role model..." sorry don't buy that. If we're taking our moral guidance from some bloke who rides a bike quite well we're all screwed.

While the vid is undeniably naff, it's not a patch on those cyclepassion calendars - which the likes of Hannah Barnes seem happy enough to pose for - in terms of taking the sport back 20 years.

Oh and, incidentally, Road.cc was happy to showcase these in the past, so not sure you can take too much of the moral high ground: http://road.cc/content/news/28187-2011-cyclepassion-calendar-and-behind-....

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stumps [3187 posts] 1 year ago
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Its a video with some pretty girls dressed in bunny costumes in it and a lad with exceptional talent doing a few stunts. I cant see the problem and neither can my Mrs who watched it as well.

You just have to listen to some of the comments made by the female cast of ITV's "Loose Women" who at times are more degrading to men than this video ever is, but you cant make everyone happy all of the time.

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Darkerside [72 posts] 1 year ago
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The fact that you personally may not find such a video offensive does not mean that others have to agree with you. Nor does it make your dismissal of their complaints as an overreaction and hilarious any more valid.

If you're still catching up on the problems with pervasive raunch culture then awesome; we're all rooting for you. If it's ok though, the rest of us are going to carry on and try and make things slightly better.

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Punkass [13 posts] 1 year ago
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There's a lot of 'male privilege' on display here. The problem with this video is that the vast majority of women won't enjoy watching it, or have any desire to do so. For that reason, it's polarising. For those of us in the industry, it makes our jobs even more difficult when it's acceptable to showcase women in this way, alongside showing on-bike accomplishments.

You wouldn't show this video to your kids, certainly not your daughters, if what you wanted to do was inspire them to ride bikes.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 1 year ago
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When i was 10 i used to do wheelies in front of pretty girls to try and impress them.
Where is *my* Red Bull sponsorship deal?
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jarderich [92 posts] 1 year ago
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More importantly, were the bunny girls wearing helmets?

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm going to show the video to my cats, show the little sods how good they've got it being able to roam free without being caged up.

There's people on the street getting diseases from monkeys
Yeah, that's what I said - they're getting diseases from monkeys
Now there's junkies with monkey disease
Who's touching these monkeys, please
Leave these poor sick monkeys alone
They've got problems enough as it is.

Punkass wrote:

There's a lot of 'male privilege' on display

What man?
Which man?
Who's the man?
When's a man a man?
What makes a man a man?
Am I a man?
Yes. Technically I am.

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Damiank [4 posts] 1 year ago
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For "We're all" I read "I'm".

For "slightly better" I read "precisely how I think everyone should like things".

I wasn't aware you were the spokesperson for all things decent and inoffensive. But well done.

Meanwhile, like the video or dislike it, it's up to each and every one of us. Just don't assume to tell others what they should or shouldn't like. It only draws more attention to it anyway, as this article has proven.

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truffy [653 posts] 1 year ago
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You. Gotta. Be. Kiddin'. Me.

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iCrash [1 post] 1 year ago
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Do Vulpine think they own MacAskill? What is with this nonsense? "He's a role model, so he has to conform to our agenda and be of service to us". How about this as an alternative, he should live for himself.

And let us not forget, they decry him for appearing with Bunny Girls, but "vulpine" means "foxy", that's right, their team is called the Foxy Women's Cycling Team.

Feminists are the sexual perverts I worry about most, because it's their dogmas which infect every corner of society, and to the highest levels of government. They're the misogynists who propagate the view that the women who enjoy their sexual radiance and choose to share that aspect of themselves with the rest of us can't be self-aware and intelligent but must necessarily be victims of male heterosexuality. And it's the Feminists who are the man-haters who relentlessly promote the ideology that healthy male heterosexuality must be suppressed and hidden because it is dangerous, dirty and deviant.

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Argos74 [372 posts] 1 year ago
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Saw this come up in my Facebook feed a couple of times. Didn't watch it, as guessed he'd done stuff which is more fun and/or more amazing in terms of his undoubted skills. This, just scrunched up my nose, and said "Nah, he's probably done better."

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cactuscat [284 posts] 1 year ago
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iCrash wrote:

Do Vulpine think they own MacAskill? What is with this nonsense? "He's a role model, so he has to conform to our agenda and be of service to us". How about this as an alternative, he should live for himself.

And let us not forget, they decry him for appearing with Bunny Girls, but "vulpine" means "foxy", that's right, their team is called the Foxy Women's Cycling Team.

Feminists are the sexual perverts I worry about most, because it's their dogmas which infect every corner of society, and to the highest levels of government. They're the misogynists who propagate the view that the women who enjoy their sexual radiance and choose to share that aspect of themselves with the rest of us can't be self-aware and intelligent but must necessarily be victims of male heterosexuality. And it's the Feminists who are the man-haters who relentlessly promote the ideology that healthy male heterosexuality must be suppressed and hidden because it is dangerous, dirty and deviant.

that's the stupidest post i've ever read on road.cc, and that's up against some pretty stiff competition. and it was your first try! you must be proud.

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Northernbike [229 posts] 1 year ago
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This craze for 'competitive being offended' should be made an olympic sport. All the competitors have to watch increasingly innocuous youtube videos as the elimination heats progress and the one, who like that vulpine fella, can still produce a stroke inducing apoplexy of faux moral outrage at the most innocent footage the judges could find on the entire web gets the gold. Going by this thread the UK has strength in depth in this sport so we should do well.

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