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Badass of the Month April 2008 - Phil Elmore
Yes, you read that right.
It's a name we've kicked around here on Bullshido like a 3 legged, red-headed stepdog, for about 5 years now. And many of you would like to kick around more than just the guy's name, I'm sure. Too bad he's armed with a sword and a wicked subtle approximation of a double wu sau.
In all seriousness though, it's taken us this long to realize something about Phil. And this revelation is why he's earned April's Badass of the Month award.
Are you ready for it?
Phil Elmore is the Stephen Colbert of RBSD.
That's right; you heard me. We've come to the conclusion that he's been lampooing the hell out of the real survivalist nutjobs, borderline Nazis, and subtly racist, hyper-paranoid white men in the RBSD community. And this makes him totally badass.
Seriously, it takes a ridiculous amount of dedication and chutzpa to build a persona around some of the most embarassing aspects of the Martial Arts. And then to go and actually live that persona to the point where you're doing interviews and publishing books as that character is a feat greater than the most maniacal dreams of Andy Kaufman.
Phil, we at Bullshido salute the ever-living-**** out of you for successfully trolling not just us, but Paladin Press, and Walter Mitty military LARPers everywhere. It takes b-b-b-balls of steel to make fun of the Tackleberries of the world who walk around armed to the teeth. Your willingness to put your gigantic ass on the line and stare death in the face for the sake of lulz has earned our respect.
I mean come on, "Street Sword"! You're the fucking man. Whereas Bullshido has set up camp on the outskirts of crazytown to point and laugh at its residents, you moved right the **** in and convinced them to elect you as Mayor. Cohones, my friend; no doubt you spent your publishing residuals on buying a H1 just to haul them around.
You truly are, the Badass of the Month.