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*kicks canvas with boot, burns novel, smashes guitar, quits bartending gig, moves back in with parents*
As long as people keep handing people in this town something for nothing, things will never change.
Examples include, but aren't limited to the following:
Local gov't, shitty wait/bar staff, bums, shady landlords, stores selling shit you don't need, etc.
You seem to argue that such positions of power should be distributed to those with talent; however this approach to social justice gives primacy to having or primacy to doing and more importantly, doing well. The distributive focus, however, obscures other issues of institutional organization and at the same time it often assumes particular institutions and practices as given; in this case that there is no place for (as you put it) "those who can't make it elsewhere" especially not in Portland.
The idea of impartiality suggests that all moral situations should be treated according to the same rules, i.e. social positions of power=talented, and the antecedent, untalented=no social positions of power.
By positing a unified and universal moral point of view, the ideal of impartiality expresses an impossibility and feeds cultural imperialism by allowing the particular experience and perspective of the privileged groups to parade as universal.
Reasonable minds can disagree, but I will not join in on your parade. Acknowledging and accepting difference is the most immediate way to fight oppression. Our minds are too vast to hold such limited views as these.
The clipboarders must be organizing some kinda coup.
Every city has its problems, it takes fortitude, a change of heart, and stubborn same ole ways need to change.
When people move from another state, they should respect the Northwest beauty. We will never all work together, but try to get along. Moving here made me know that it was a wise decision.
But seriously, thank you Dutch for proving to me that I could make friends if I just got over the whole "guestlists don't pay the bills" attitude that I have ;)
*Awaits lecture on body-shaming and the importance of banjos*
Years ago I went to New York City to work in the theater, and I had an interesting conversation with a producer. "New York draws more great actors into the city than anyplace else in the world. However, New York also draws more terrible actors than anyplace else in the world." You don't get good stuff without drawing some less than great stuff as well. The lesson is this - don't be so provincial. Like it or not, it's pretty good around here.
Based on your terrible spelling and grammer. I wouldnt call you a journilist, just a highschool drop out.
Please see previous 50-60 comments.
Look...no one likes paying to be disappointed. But the thing you're missing here is that bad artists don't exist. There are two kinds - those that are successful, and those that are just honing their craft.
Yes, there are certainly a lot of folks who come through town with the illusion that Portland is someplace where they don't need to grow up. After they get kicked off their third or fourth couch, they either start changing, or they go back from where they came.
Anyhow, gotta agree with my comic crush Amy - that's a pretty sexist and uninformed view about male hosts giving female comics stage time. I see a lot of comedy - not as much as I'd like to - and almost all the shows are run pretty professionally by most cities standards. Face it, too...Portland isn't New York. Be happy that you have a bunch of funny people trying to entertain you. Portland isn't going to BE New York anytime soon. Unless you all start having a LOT of babies.
We know that you and the Midwestern flock just like you are desperately trying to turn Portland into your idea of it, but your idea sucks because who you are- informed by where you came from- at its core, sucks.
Ray owned up to this post because somebody else cut and pasted his personal FB rant. It's the ballsy thing to do, not the egotistical one.
Damn near every one of Ray's posts gets over ten shares and dozens of likes. Show me one thing you've ever posted that has gone viral.
Ray has a master's degree. Are you educated?
Ray works between California and Oregon, back and forth, and writes for several publications- ones with glossy pages, not reconstituted asswipe like your precious Mercury.
I saw this motherfucker perform at a Denny's in Albany. Never seen you play outside of Portland. Wait- I've never seen you play anything.
Fact is, Ray's thread pulled more activity than the rest of the recent IA's combined. He's got a crowd behind him and you don't.
I get it though. It drives you crazy when somebody can look at what you have been striving at, and then just do it better on a whim. Smarter, funnier, with better response. It makes you question yourself and everything you've been doing. There there.
Go the fuck home.
I'm a female Portland comic, from the Midwest, and I'll be opening for Lena Dunham Oct. 19th at the Newmark Theater, it's sold out, so unfortunately you won't be able to see me.
I can only hope/pray/eat/love that the rapist materiel comic was speaking about me in his anonymous rant.
"All press is good press", amiright!?
I don't know what's going on here, but let me tell you that as a native Portlander who grew up on Hawthorne and 36th, this rant is far from original. It's been said since the opening of the Blue Butterfly on Hawthorne in the 80's, and I'm sure before that as well. Stephanie could be as popular as Ray if she wanted ignorant Juggalos as her fanbase.
This is a dude who was obsessed with the idea of becoming "Portland famous", and when he failed to achieve that goal (or perceived himself to have achieved that goal, and found he was left wanting) decided to lash out against that city. His weird, misogynistic, ongoing campaign against the stand-up comedy scene speaks only to his frustration with not being funny enough to be a successful comedian, and not to any actual defects or deficits present within the comedy scene. Dudes a basic fucking fuckboy buster, basically.
If you were any kind of man, you'd have been fucking a live octopus on camera for Kraken Rum.
Thank you for inserting yourself somewhere you weren't asked to. How very rapist of you.
Lena Dunham? Can't believe I missed the boat on that one.
I'd rather have a three way with Large Marge and Mama Fratelli than sit through a single episode of Lena Dunham wonking her tits at me.
But since everybody gives more fucks about the opener, I can only assume the printers ran out of ink just before they got to your name on the tickets.
Is Seattle cool again?
Also, I sadly cannot take credit for Mars. Or Moneybabs. Or any of the real, actual people who don't think it's okay to take selective offense where it applies to humorless white people and their allies.
Also, Ian - I don't fucking KNOW YOU. I've never met you, have no idea where you're getting your "hates comedy" info. I support most of the bay area, LA, PORTLAND, Salem, and Seattle. I drive thousands of miles to drop off magazines that your friends (people who also don't care for me but keep it to themselves) write for. I bend over backwards to support comedy. I go to mics hosted by comics who claim I have "Juggalo Fanbases" (and nothing wrong with that, makes sense the hipsterlite would pick poor outcasts as a target) but tell me "great set" to my face because my joke against homophobia killed.
I seriously don't fucking know any of you people. You're not doing a very good example of being yourself. If YOUR schtick is to call ME out then I'm gonna wonder where those ASCAP checks will come from once I grow up and get a real job :)
WWeek's "oh my god, we get the joke now, sorry guys" follow-up: http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-23921-b…
Like, half a decade ago.
Call me an egotistical, megalomaniacal, filterless, disrespectful prick. But please, STOP fucking calling me a "rape comic." Especially if your material on how empowering it is to be a feminist includes a "don't drop the soap" joke. It's inherently racist, homophobic and blames the victim :)
Calling me a "rape comic" is not only inaccurate and counterproductive to a male ally, but on a personal level, I work in the sex industry. When you comics compare being cat called to the absolute worst thing that can ever happen to a human being, you're basically saying "hey rape survivor, shut it, I'm over here trying to make jokes about how comic books are on the same level of horror as what your uncle did to you." Fuck outta here with that cool-to-be-a-victim, I-get-the-struggle shit, Macklemettes.