Sean Christopher Hayes 
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Re: “Portlandia: The White Subcultural Equivalent of a Minstrel Show

There are plenty of comedians - say, Chris Rock - whom I'm sure you find very funny and political, who make a living making fun of the excesses of members of their own ethnic group. And, as I think has been pointed out above, most Portlanders and most white people are nothing like the stereotypes here. The show is making fun of a subculture of self-righteous people (I live in Portland now, but these characters could live in Boise's North End). There is nothing in any way racial about playing up a cultural notion of whiteness that very few white people even aspire to live up to.

To correct the columnist: the feminist bookstore in the show is Women and Women First, and if In Other Words is offended by being spoofed in the show they could simply suggest that Fred and Carrie film the skit somewhere else, outside of the actual store.

And Michael, above, assuming you're not being sarcastic... are you suggesting that white people cannot find work in Hollywood except as ultrawhite subcultural stereotypes? Or that black people no longer play demeaning black roles (like, say, a talking jackass in the Shrek movies)?

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Posted by Sean Christopher Hayes on 01/20/2012 at 4:14 PM

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