Wow. This guy rrreeeaaaallllyyy needs to pull that corn cob out of his ass and get a sense of humor. I never feel that this show encourages us to hate the stereotypes they poke fun of…they’re just taking it to a new level of absurdity. Does he also think the hundreds of mindless sitcoms about fat, stupid husbands with smart, hot wives are also “minstrel shows?”
Oh, not to mention that comparing hipster humor to racism is beyond idiotic. What a tool this guy is.
The sketch-comedy series from SNL alum Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, former guitarist for Sleater-Kinney, chronicles the misadventures of artistic oddballs and the uber-politically correct as they play adult hide and seek, go dumpster diving and “put a bird on it.” Sketches feature characters like angry bikers and ultra-sensitive couples as they insist on ordering only local food from menus.
The problem is that much of the humor functions with a structure similar to racist jokes, in which viewers are encouraged to despise the characters. But unlike the sorts of characters written for SNL, Portlandia’s are not based off personal quirks like attaching the suffix “idge” to everything but off of cultural stereotypes. These sketches are the white subcultural equivalent of a minstrel show, that while perhaps intended as a charming homage to oddballs, has in fact drummed up a sentiment best summarized as “it’s about damned time someone put those weirdos in their place.”
via Boise Weekly