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Flippin' a Bird on It!

There's trouble in the Pacific Northwest.

The Seahawks aren't in the Super Bowl, no NBA or NHL team is coming to the 206 anytime soon, and it's rainy. But at least Seattle has marijuana dispensaries, so they've got that going for them.

Down south of there, though? Another season of Portlandia has begun, and while we found it funny and well-done, there's a backlash.

Presenting: White Glove.





The mocking is being mocked. These two legends of the PDX are being shamed for, wait for it, causing the gentrification that's ruining the very things the show so lovingly pokes fun at:

Portlanders have mixed emotions about "Portlandia." Some locals think Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are just having a laugh with Stumptown quirks. Others think "Portlandia" is a craven attack on our fair city. Another contingent blames "Portlandia" and the attention it's brought to the Rose City for Portland's population boom and affordable-housing crisis.

In addition to the above are the people who don't watch "Portlandia," don't have cable, don't have a TV, and look down on anybody who does watch "Portlandia," does have cable, and does have a TV.

The not-digging-"Portlandia" perspective now has a music video, thanks to Portland band White Glove. In a music video for their song, "Fred and Carrie," the band blames Armisen, Brownstein and "Portlandia" for attracting affluent idiots from elsewhere to Portland.

In the video, actors costumed to look like Armisen and Brownstein walk around Portland neighborhoods, taking notes on weirdness.

The song's lyrics say, "We don't think that you're funny/In fact, we don't want you around/We're tired of the folks who laugh at your stupid jokes/We wish you'd never exploited this town."

The song goes on to say, "All the things that you liked here have all but disappeared," as rents have gone up, and funky Portland has been replaced with sleek new apartment buildings, becoming "just another yuppie town."

I see the point, to an extent- but I don't think the Pickle-that/Pickathon duo is to blame.

For one thing, Portlandia isn't exactly a household name.  It's on IFC, a cable channel few have (including us not having it). That means Buying the Thing through those capitalist tool outfits from the north or south on I-5. Which means receipts, which have to be printed for your records. With printers! So I suspect many of the protesters are going on hearsay, or posters glued to utility poles.

I also don't think the typical IFC viewer is either as stupid or as shallow as this depiction requires you to assume.  Most of all, if there's any evil corporatist to blame here, I have no quarrel with Carrie or Fred- but I do have a bone to pick with their capo di tutt'i capi, and Fred's former SNL boss, Lorne Michaels.  Lorne is legendary for guarding his shows' intellectual property with the fierceness of a rabid junkyard dog.  And he's notorious for his control of the show's guest list, giving cred to the likes of Trump and Palin while dropping long-term or even permanent banhammers on those who get on his bad side.  Early in Saturday Night's days, Elvis Costello and the Attractions filled in on very short notice for an episode's musical guest.  Their first album was out, and the label wanted them to promote a song from it.  The video of that performance, which amazingly is viewable on the Internet (but only in still shots), shows how Declan dissed the producer:





Those few minutes led to a Hissy Night Fit that lasted well over a decade:

They were supposed to play his single “Less Than Zero,” a catchy tune about a loathsome politician in England. But only a few bars into the song, Costello put a stop to it. “I’m sorry, ladies and gentlemen,” he said, “but there’s no reason to do this song here.” At that point he and the band launched into “Radio Radio,” a song that takes a jab at corporate-controlled broadcasting. Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels was furious. According to some reports, he raised his middle finger at Costello and kept it up until the unapproved song was over. Costello was banned from the show for nearly 12 years.

So if anyone is supporting the elite trust fund babies, I think it's far more likely him than Fred or Carrie.  I hereby sentence him to 30 days of hard labor outside Women and Women First, where he will not be allowed to use the restroom even if he does buy a membership.
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