You guys might want to lighten up about "Portlandia" and how it affects the image of Portland. As far as I know, nobody takes the show seriously or thinks it has anything to do with the real city of Portland. It's just a silly sketch comedy. Now if you want to see someone take a television show way too seriously, come out here to Minneapolis where comedy "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" was set back in the 1970's. For her part, Mary Tyler Moore was in Minneapolis for one day to film the opening sequence and then got on an airplane back to California to film the show. If you remember the show, it was well written, quite harmless, and almost a little too sugar-sweet. Well, a lot of people in Minneapolis took the show a little too seriously. They believed it honestly reflected Minneapolis. Indeed, they even put a life-size statue of "Mary Richards" tossing her hat into the air as seen in the opening credits.The statue is still there. People drive past the "Mary" house. Of course, when the movie "Fargo" came out there was outrage that the people of Minneapolis seemed to come across as dumb hicks. "We don't talk like that! You betcha!" It all seems to come down to this - believe your own image of who you are and where you live. Don't let outside points of view - especially fictional ones - throw you off center. You'll just come across as provincial and small minded. Lighten up. It's just a goofy television show.
I hope I never become cool or hip or anything else in that world of neurotic-what-will-everyone-think-of-me values. Never been cool, never will be cool, don't really care. I like what I like and celebrate what everyone else likes for themselves. Life is way too short to get bent out of shape about all of this nonsense. Plus, I'm so damn old (63 1/2) that I don't know what half the bands in this article sound like, and I really don't care. I'll just put the needle on my record player, crank up the volume, sit in front of the speakers, and smile to the bliss of whatever the moment presents. Lighten up kiddies!
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