I am, reluctantly, wading into this.
I have read through everything here and, much as I want to reply in my normal method, I do not have a free week to hit everything I find relevant. So I am going to hit some highlights with overarching speak
First, there is a massive excess of one thing happening here: ASSUMPTION
Pretty much everyone involved in this conversation is operating on knee-jerk assumption and a complete lack of actual facts. Interpreting the intent of someone’s typed words has been shown countless times to be horribly incorrect, and yet here we are, fifty replies deep, based on everyone jumping off a cliff over assumption
Despite countless assertions to the contrary, no one knows what Corey meant when he used the word “cull”. There are a number of definitions and you do not get to choose the one you want for the purpose of making your argument against him. You have to know his definition to base your argument off of. Asking him to clarify is perfectly fine and I do not object to that. But proceeding to rake him over the coals based on assumption is not cool. Period. End of discussion.
Second, there is a great deal of ignorance here. And I already know that nearly everyone that reads that is going to get their hackles up because they are ignorant of the actual definition of ignorance (see above re: assumption). So let me clarify. Ignorance is nothing more than a lack of knowledge. It does NOT mean you are stupid. It does NOT mean you are dumb.
Let us address some of that ignorance. A sizable part of this hobby are of a generation that grew up within the already well established hobby, a hobby that is heavily influenced by likes and shares and YouTube videos. But that hobby that you are so deeply immersed in was build by men and women that I would not be surprised to find few of you even know.
Who here knows where the name “Lesser” came from?
Who knows where the term “sib” originated?
Who knows what a “Duper” was?
Who knows where SHOCT came from?
Now, you might ask why any of that matters as it seems completely outside the realms of this conversation.
The reason it matters is because, like the above examples, there is so much about the earlier era of the hobby that people are ignorant of because it was never in a YT vid or a FB post. It is stuff from talking around tables at shows or now defunct forums or buried in the depths of kingsnake. And I can tell you, with the absolute confidence of someone that saw and lived through these things first-hand, that every horrible thing people have assumed in this thread has happened within this hobby by SOOOOOOOOOOO many big names.
Ask some old-timers about the GHI war… Ask about the Banana/CG controversies… Ask how KingPin got its name… Ask about Quake and BlackLace… There is controversy behind so many of the morphs in the hobby. Controversies you are ignorant of. Controversies over morphs that you may very well have in your collection.
Which brings me to my third point - hypocrisy.
Both big and small, there is hypocrisy all over the arguments here. What is and is not acceptable… Who is and is not ethical… It is a hard mirror to look into, but many of you need to.
All of that said, I can understand people wanting some clarification here. But, as my father so often says: “people in hell want ice water.” You can want all you like, that does not mean you get what you want.
Corey has no obligation to clarify and, quite frankly, given the vehemence behind some of the words here, I can understand why he might not be keen on giving any kind of answer. If he does choose to answer, then you can decide what to do with the information he provides. If he chooses not to answer, you can make a decision for yourself on what to do about that.
You cannot demand answers
You cannot define his ethics
You cannot assume his actions
Corey is responsible for Corey.
You are responsible for you