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Believe Every 'Interview' You Read Online?

So here’s an interesting little situation:

I was popping around the internet yesterday, and on a Google search, found an interview with myself on a site that didn’t really sound too familiar. As I’ve competed over the years, I’ve been very fortunate, and lucky, to have gotten a good deal of exposure in various magazines and web sites. Still, the search entry was dated January 2013, and I know I haven’t done anything the last couple of months.

Upon checking it out, the site appeared to be one of those huckster types that try their best to look like an informative fitness oriented site, but are literally covered with click-on ads for e-books, as well as opportunities to sign up and get on their mailing lists for the latest shortcuts you’re not using to get huge. The author, with no real credentials, or “about” section, also has a bunch of other sites with similar names (same basic set ups), all hocking the same clickables.

As I scrolled around, I realized that he had similar “interviews” with other natural pros, many of which I recognized as being blatantly copy/pasted off of a well known site that gives a lot of attention to the natural side of the sport.

I was a little unsure what to think. So I sent a ‘comment’ to the site:

“Never saw this up here. I don’t eat whole eggs when training, instead using nuts, and fish oils for my healthy fats. Also I don’t take whey before, during, or after training, instead relying on BCAAs or CHY during my session. Quite a chop/copy/paste job you did here from various interviews and profiles of me elsewhere on the web.”

Well, 5 minutes later, I received this email:

“Stu - I’ll be straight up honest with you, I got the article original article from Muscle&Strength and rewrote the article in my own words.
If you want me to change some things around in the article, you can send me the details of what you actually do to gain muscle/lose fat and I’ll be happy to rewrite it. My apologies.”

Now, as comical as it is to get caught by the actual guy you’re claiming to have spoken with (seriously, it starts out saying ‘we interviewed Stu Yellin…’ -lol), I find myself pondering how I feel about this.

-On one hand, I’m bothered that things were actually changed from what I truly said. I always give props to what supplements I take, as well as my actual diet and the guy made his own alterations. He blatantly removed my nod to Anaconda and Mag-10 from the actual transcript that’s up on the original site of the interview.

-On the other hand, another hit when my name gets Googled isn’t really a bad thing.

-Of course this is obviously a BS site, and the last thing I want is to be associated with any of the so many BS/fitness/send me money sites out there.

-Then there’s the fact that the guy is only offering to make changes, but not to take it down along with his claim of interviewing me, and inferring some sort of association.

-And then we have the original site, which has seriously gone out of their way with interviews, profiles, and even video series of me over the years,… how disrespectful is this guy being to them?

What do you guys think?

S

[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:

-On one hand, I’m bothered that things were actually changed from what I truly said. I always give props to what supplements I take, as well as my actual diet and the guy made his own alterations. He blatantly removed my nod to Anaconda and MAG-10 from the actual transcript that’s up on the original site of the interview.

-Of course this is obviously a BS site, and the last thing I want is to be associated with any of the so many BS/fitness/send me money sites out there.

-Then there’s the fact that the guy is only offering to make changes, but not to take it down along with his claim of interviewing me, and inferring some sort of association.

-And then we have the original site, which has seriously gone out of their way with interviews, profiles, and even video series of me over the years,… how disrespectful is this guy being

S[/quote]

I would say that summed it up well.
I Feel like managing your online reputation is an important thing for any professional, bodybuilder, coach or otherwise. Not all press is good press and your tone seems to be leaning in that direction.
This person copying and pasting from another site is pretty disingenuous, if it were me I would ask nicely for them to take it down. Then if they said no, find a way to ask less nicely.

So, If I Google your name and it comes up in a Porno site, that is a good thing?? As is it exposure? It’s not a bad thing?

The above is a little extreme, but the basic is still the same. Your name is used without your consent.

Now imagine this random kid comes up to you and starts talking about that web site and he is following everything and has spent lots of money, etc. Hope to god he is getting results or he will have a few choice words for you.

Your gut is right, ask him to take it down. Period. That web site is lying and using your name. You even said they got it wrong.

I actually just went to that web site and I can’t believe you are asking this question…

Even the name makes me cringe…

I’d ask them to take it down. I’m pretty sure the original site probably won’t take kindly to plagiarism of their articles either.

I suppose this is where it helps to have your own personal site/blog where you point out these kinds of things as well. Trouble is that it’s one more thing to maintain, but then again it’s your reputation here.

So the guy actually has the balls to suggest he should keep his copied/pasted shit up, as long as you clarify a few things?

You should tell him to remove it all, or next email is from your attorney.

[quote]JFG wrote:
So, If I Google your name and it comes up in a Porno site, that is a good thing?? As is it exposure? It’s not a bad thing?

The above is a little extreme, but the basic is still the same. Your name is used without your consent.

Now imagine this random kid comes up to you and starts talking about that web site and he is following everything and has spent lots of money, etc. Hope to god he is getting results or he will have a few choice words for you.

Your gut is right, ask him to take it down. Period. That web site is lying and using your name. You even said they got it wrong.

I actually just went to that web site and I can’t believe you are asking this question…

Even the name makes me cringe…

[/quote]

HOW DO I FIND PORNO STU

You’re being mature, and probably a bit too forgiving. The guy is lying. About you. I’d say that even if it doesn’t bother you, you at least ought to make it known to the other folks who he’s falsely quoted, what he’s done.
And looking at the slightly bigger picture, his misinformation is probably more dangerous to people than no information at all.

I think my opinion falls in line with most of what’s already been said. I think this is really, really bad.

On your end, I don’t see any benefit whatsoever. I just did a google search on you to see what it returned, and there are PLENTY of good links. Having ‘one more google hit’ isn’t helping you if it makes you look bad/provides false information.

The fact that this guy offered to change the info on his site about you rather than just take it down is very telling about who he is. He’s quite simply a crook. If it were me, I would do what was advised above, and demand to be removed from his site(s) immediately.

I also agree that it’s disrespectful to those who actually interviewed you in the first place. And beyond that it’s illegal for this guy not to site the original source.

If it were me, I would feel morally obligated to take action against this guy. This isn’t one of those no-harm, no-foul situations where nobody really suffers damages. In this case, multiple parties, including the other athletes you mentioned who have been ripped off, are having their reputations put on the line against their will.

Demand that he remove it completely.

[quote]SkyNett wrote:
So the guy actually has the balls to suggest he should keep his copied/pasted shit up, as long as you clarify a few things?

You should tell him to remove it all, or next email is from your attorney. [/quote]

this.

1 more vote to demand he remove the “interview”.

He needs to remove the article.

I’ll be your publicity man if manage my diet

sounds like a good deal you should say yes
: )

Ok,… I think I already knew what I was going to do, but it was just such an odd situation, that I needed to put it out there. I wrote the guy back telling him that I have no endorsement of his ‘fail proof system’, and that I wish him to remove his “false interview” at once.

I also shot a little note to the Content Editor from the original site of the interview, letting him know that much of his work (a lot of natty pros allegedly interviewed) was being plagiarized. Damn crazy situation…

@BrownDisaster: Maybe the guy from How2GainMuscleFast can steal a diet from somewhere else and give it to you :slight_smile:

S

not only take it all down but thereafter drive to his house and kick him in the left ball for being a toolbox.

[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
Ok,… I think I already knew what I was going to do, but it was just such an odd situation, that I needed to put it out there. I wrote the guy back telling him that I have no endorsement of his ‘fail proof system’, and that I wish him to remove his “false interview” at once.

I also shot a little note to the Content Editor from the original site of the interview, letting him know that much of his work (a lot of natty pros allegedly interviewed) was being plagiarized. Damn crazy situation…

@BrownDisaster: Maybe the guy from How2GainMuscleFast can steal a diet from somewhere else and give it to you :slight_smile:

S[/quote]

Good choice of actions

aww it was worth a try

I would suggest taking some of your most popular pictures and professional shots and running them through tinyeye and google reverse image search. It’s an easy way to see where else on the web your pictures are being posted.

For example, this competitor (very nice guy and very hard worker) found that his transformation picture was posted on many supplement product pages along with fake testimonials from him. From what I understand, he had such a hard time tracking all them down and getting them removed, that he basically let it be. I think you have to be preemptive with this content as it WILL be stolen more and more as your fame grows.

[quote]browndisaster wrote:
aww it was worth a try

I would suggest taking some of your most popular pictures and professional shots and running them through tinyeye and google reverse image search. It’s an easy way to see where else on the web your pictures are being posted.

For example, this competitor (very nice guy and very hard worker) found that his transformation picture was posted on many supplement product pages along with fake testimonials from him. From what I understand, he had such a hard time tracking all them down and getting them removed, that he basically let it be. I think you have to be preemptive with this content as it WILL be stolen more and more as your fame grows.[/quote]

I saw that set of pictures but reversed to prove a point, can’t remember why and where.

Create a fake blog with an “interview” about him and his ongoing inspiring struggle with erectile dysfunction.

When he calls you out you simply say: “To the world of the interwebs you can’t get it up, until you take my interview down.”

im with jake on this one