After receiving countless facebook messages and iTunes reviews about this subject, it is time to address it. We realize we can’t please everybody. We may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay! The problem happens when people feel they can harass Chris. There have been comments on his Facebook posts and private messages saying that our podcast is too liberal and one-sided. They also ask Chris on what makes him think he can represent the city of Salt Lake. He has never claimed to.
The purpose of I am Salt Lake is to showcase the people who live in Salt Lake and surrounding areas. The people who are working day in and day out to create things and build the community that we know and love. We strive to bring on people from all walks of life who have unique experiences and talents. These people ARE Salt Lake.
Chris is a sweet and caring person who treats everyone with kindness and respect. I have to admit, when I joined the podcast, I brought with me a louder opinion on things. This post also expresses some of MY personal opinions.
Historically, Utah is very traditionally conservative. Those with different viewpoints or lifestyles haven’t had a voice. This is a fact that happens to come up in many of our conversations. Yes, we tend to focus on the counterculture of Utah. It’s a very polarized society. We hope to bring all the of different outlooks together to celebrate creativity and passion. Our state history is fascinating and the way society is changing and growing is also wonderful to watch.
If you are looking for podcasts that represent the more religious and conservative side of the state, there are so many great ones! Please give them a listen! We love these podcasts and the people behind them. We would never encourage negativity towards any group of people. Instead, we want to bring different views into the limelight. Salt Lake is growing and changing and it’s okay for people to have different lifestyles and thoughts.
If anyone has a problem with our content, bring it to us in a civil manner. Let’s open a friendly dialogue. We can agree to disagree and still be kind to each other. Public name-calling and then running away isn’t helpful to anyone. It simply stirs up anger and negativity. If you prefer to live that way, I’m sorry for you. Learning to love everyone, no matter how different, is a blessing. (#blessed)
Take a minute to look at a different perspective. Think about the experiences people go through. Enjoy learning about situations you may not have experienced. Take this knowledge and grow. Or…you can sit, stew, grumble, and pout, wrestle pathetically with invisible foes and demean yourself in an anonymous orgy of online invective. Whatever works for ya.