I don’t think Paste could talk anyone into competing naked.

I do think that anyone who sorta wanted to compete naked, and was told by Paste that the competition was being held as a nude event, would do everything they could to believe what he said.

That happens in a lot of way in everyday life.

I mean, it must, right?

How else would anyone believe that Discovery channel guy with the spaceman hair, or for-profit prophets who have the time and date of the end of the world worked out despite everything that’s ever come before, or that flat-earthed video I was shown?  You have to wanna believe that stuff before you hear it- or there’s not lot of room for persuasion left.

This couple that’s talking to Hubris right now?  Not people who had not before considered nude competition.