Thursday, October 11, 2007

Weird cred: Sometimes you have to fight to keep it

Oregon Media Insiders reports on one of the stranger--and from the sound of it, more boneheaded--local news story pegs of recent memory: Attempting to twist the "Keep Portland Weird" campaign (which, as one observer notes, is largely about "indie music, art, tall bikes, and artisan food and drink") into alarmism about skinheads, pedophilia, and general lawlessness.

Keep Portland Weird's website, which KATU may or may not have consulted in producing this little gem, spells it out in pretty simple, un-pervy language:
Keep Portland Weird is about supporting local business in the Portland Oregon area. We want to support local business because they make Portland stand out from other cites and make it a more unique place to live. They do this by providing consumers a wide range of products that represent the different cultures that make up Portland. Local business also have pride in our city and are driven to make Portland a better place to live and enjoy.

The bumper stickers even say "Support Local Business," fer cryin' out loud. Hard to find that very threatening (unless, for example, you're a global coffee chain named after a Melville character--or, apparently, KATU).

Commenters on the thread also note that "Keep _____ Weird" didn't begin in Portland. To find out its true secret origin, you'll have to go to the OMI post.

(Bumper sticker image via Keep Portland Weird. Suggested retail, $2.00.)

(Cross-posted at LO.)

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