Friday, March 25, 2011

From Portlandia to Torontovia

I've been watching this program from IFC called Portlandia with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. The show gently pokes fun at the residents of Portland, Oregon (the second show this year set in the Pac-Northwest), using recurring characters in short vignettes. The truth of it is that most of the jabs are reserved for absurdly hip urbanites on fixed-gear bikes, who are obsessed with how local of their organic chicken is or who proudly display their full sleeve tattoos while playing a child's game in Portland's Adult Hide and Seek League. That said, it could be poking fun of hipsters anywhere. I've taken to referring to the show as Torontovia. If you live in any larger city, you'll be more than familiar with characters such as this unbearable affected and oblivious hipster cyclist, I was going to assume he was a bike courier but I don't know if that is necessarily true. In any case, within a week this guy goes from realizing "Everything is over" and within a year to becoming what he most despises; unhip.

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