A pesar de que muchas personas hoy en día no aceptan muchos cambios que se han dado a favor de los derechos humanos y de las minorías, lo cierto es que cada vez vemos ejemplos de que modificar nuestro comportamiento en cuanto a estos temas es necesario para avanzar como una sociedad más civilizada e integral.

Hasta en el ámbito de los videojuegos, estos pequeños cambios pueden marcar una diferencia significativa. Por ejemplo, la comunidad Skate se puso de acuerdo para honrar de mejor manera a Chris Weddle, creador de un conocido truco que siempre ha sido llamado como «Mute air».

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For nearly 40 years, we’ve shamelessly referred to this trick as the “mute” air/grab. Here is the backstory: around 1981, a deaf skater and Colton skatepark local named Chris Weddle was a prominent amateur on the competition circuit. The “Indy” air had just been created & named so somebody proposed that grabbing with the front hand should be known as the “Tracker” air. Others countered that Chris was the first to do, so it should be named after him. They referred to him as the “quiet, mute guy.” So it became known as the mute air, and we all went along with it in our naive youth. In recent years a few people have reached out to Chris (who still skates) about this trick and the name it was given. He has been very gracious in his response but it is obvious that a different name would have honored his legacy, as he is hearing impaired but not lacking speech. I asked him last year as I was diving into trick origins and he said he would have rather named it the “deaf” or “Weddle” grab if given the choice. His exact quote to me was “I am deaf, not mute.” So as we embark on the upcoming @tonyhawkthegame demo release, some of you might notice a trick name change: The Weddle Grab. It’s going to be challenging to break the habit of saying the old name but I think Chris deserves the recognition. Thanks to @darrick_delao for being a great advocate to the deaf community in action sports, and for being the catalyst in this renaming process. I told Chris tecently and his reply was “I’m so stoked!” And then he shot this photo in celebration yesterday. 📷: @yousta_storytellers_club

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Al truco se le llamó así porque Weddle es una persona sorda y erróneamente se ha creído que todas las personas sordas son mudas (sordomudas), por lo cual le colocaron la palabra «mute» al truco. Pero ahora uno de los máximos exponentes del patinaje, Tony Hawk, lideró la iniciativa de cambiar el nombre de «Mute air» por uno que fuera más respetuoso y más significativo para Chris Weddle.

Es por eso que en estas remasterizaciones ‘Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2’, ahora el truco aparecerá con el nombre de «Weddle». Hawk agregó que será difícil acostumbrarse a llamarlo con este nuevo nombre luego de tantos años de conocerlo como «Mute air», pero que es necesario pues «Chris se merece un mejor reconocimiento».

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