I think it’s completely warranted. The lack of respect shown from the WoD staff is going to hurt them. But WoD has always been a choreo focused event, so they won’t lose that much if the bboys don’t show up in numbers. However, if you’re trying to pay homage to different dances (especially ones that influence a large portion of what you do), actually know what you’re doing.
Bboying is not a stage dance; no bboy wants to just sit at the sidelines and watch the “top bboys” of today get down and battle each other on a $500,000 platform. (Well, that’s not completely true looking at the current state of bboying, but that’s a completely different conversation). This not only turns bboys away, but gives people a completely wrong image of our culture, and that right there is the biggest issue.
Bboys want to get down in cyphers, not wait hours to watch some people get down. Seriously, $500,000 for a stage? I can throw like 20 international jams with that kinda money. The whole stage battle looks more like a ploy to get more people to come out to the event and watch some high flying shit than anything, and that’s what’s ticking the bboy community off. Added to that, their way of appeasing the situation is “here’s a cheaper ticket to the next event”, rather than addressing heart of the issue.
If I had to choose between a bboy jam or WoD, I will always attend the bboy jam anyways. It’s been that way before all this nonsense and will probably remain that way unless WoD does some miraculous shit.