There have been a few threads on some of the strongman forums where some of the pro's are bashing anyone that wants to train strongman but can't do the same weights as they do.
I understand and agree that it's "strongman" and should test your strength but saying that it's not strongman unless you're doing 250lb axles, 300lb stones and 600lb yoke (as a lightweight) doesn't seem like a good way to grow the sport. These are all arbitrary numbers and what's important is that you're testing yourself and enjoying the events which are always a lot of fun, even when they suck (like the yoke)
You don't see NFL, MLB or NBA players making fun of the guys playing high school and college level athletics. Just look at all the NFL sponsored leagues for kids. These didn't exist when I was younger and now they're everywhere. And surprisingly enough the NFL is probably the most popular sport in the country.
Now my rant's over
edit: I don't want anyone to think that everyone acts like this in strongman. I'd imagine it's the minority that do. I train with the president of North American Strongman and several national level amateurs. Every single one of them is as excited when I hit a 180lb axle as they are when Ian hits a 355lb one. And that's what I think needs to get out there. The comraderie and support is tremendous 99% of the time.