Tony Hawk Takes on Yuppies

Tony Hawk is widely acclaimed as the greatest skateboarder ever, and he was a leading figure in the “action sports“ boom of the eighties and nineties. Now Hawk, 39, is a bona fide corporate entity, with a line of clothing, a skateboard brand, and some of the best-selling video games of all time. Here are the extreme-athlete-cum-entrepreneur's thoughts about yuppies

Q: Is there anything wrong with being young and upwardly mobile?

A: Not if you remember where you came from and hit McDonald’s, Taco Bell, or the Top Ramen at least once a week.

Q: Then why does the term yuppie get such a bad rep?

A: Because it gives us visions of bright V-neck sweaters with collars underneath, and all that was vile in the eighties.

Q: Do you think there is even a difference between today’s yuppie and one from the eighties?

A: Yes. Today’s yuppies are defined by their PDAs instead of their BMWs.

Q: If people work hard for their success, do you think they should be able to consume as they choose?

A: Sure, as long as they aren’t fueling the oil wars with giant SUVs. (All puns intended.)

Q: What do you think of the “deniers,“ the guys who make good money and love to buy nice things but refuse to admit they are yuppies?

A: A bitchin’ tattoo can’t hide your inner desire to be Donald Trump.

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