we've all seen phonies walking around who think they are above it all. People are smart enough to see through this nonsense, just like any other reality show. They make jokes of themselves and then look smug. southern smarm more like it.
I wouldn't worry too much. As a fourth generation American from NY and of Italian, Irish, and German lineage I have heard about a great deal of sensational image slamming happening on reality TV. The reporter is correct. Wise folks will A: not watch that trash and use their time for better and B: realize these are stereo types - embellished and exaggerated for entertainment of ignorant peoples; as with any stereo type, there is a seed of truth, but it does not represent the majority. Any fool who will believe the ridiculous behavior you mention from the trailer as representative of Charlestonians can crawl back into their cave of goofiness. The rest of us will continue to love Charleston for its real charm, hospitality, great works of charity and preservation, and of course the delicious food. Hang tough! It will not last! Cancellation is coming soon!
Brewengineer nailed it, my home state suffered a lot from the "Jersey Shore", the only positive thing about Hurriance Sandy is that it took out their "Jersey Shore" house. Southern Charm will exploit good people in this town the same way Jersey Shore did. I am a NJ son, I love my home state but I choose to live here, pay taxes here, invest in the community here. It's a wonderful city.
On a side note, When Sandy hit, I was really sad, a lot of childhood icons got washed away. The good people of Charleston were very sympathetic, very helpful. It felt good to be in a community where people understood difficults times.
You really think Jersey survived Jersey Shore? Have you been to Atlantic City?!
I'll read it with you, Sybil Fix. I'd prefer if we met at the Huddle House™ on Folly Road, but I'm open to the one in Mt. Pleasant. Please R.S.V.P. via fax, and I'll bring an electronic reading device.
"Reading this article alone is a giant waste of time."
Maybe you should find someone to read it with.
Reading this article alone is a giant waste of time. Anything have anything else to worry about? Thanks for the deep insight here on how to weather the storm. Ugh.
The show would only be amusing if the entire cast beside the known slacker T-Rav were actually from here and not from away. I agree with Kevbo. Pack of old frat boy ass hats from out of town.
Landsnark - there are really not that many old families left SOB. Many cashed in on the Real Estate Market and continue to do so. They welcome the wealthy Yankees, their literary delusions of southern gentility and their fat wallets. They are not as stupid and vapid as y'all seem to think. Okay....except for T-Rav.
Heh. I think it's easily correct to point to Charleston's moneyed class, its centuries-old aristocratic families who DO live south of Broad, who DO wear a recognizable unform: bow-ties/croakies/deck shoes/khakis/seersucker on their boats and in their clubs, and who DO control politics and business on the peninsula and the region, as the fanciful avatar people imagine as "quintessentially Charleston." So, dearie, you can't have it both ways.
Either you rep that elite living, Southern Charm ethos as a hook to bring in tourists, or you don't. Why isn't it fair for the nation to take a closer look and decide for themselves?
It's incredible to me you believe this city is above any mockery. Why this city and not others? Nice weather? Bow ties?
It's because of your delicate sensibilities and your impression of this city's purported elegance that makes this TV series all the more hilarious.
You're a stereotype, just as much as the characters in the show. It's you they are making fun of. This is precisely why the whole country will tune in and wholeheartedly revel in the snark.
"Get out Yankees" will come to be such a genteel, welcoming catch phrase.
The trailer made the show look like a cheese dick convention
I don't know. I think the show will be so obviously disgusting and phony that most people will ignore it. I predict it will not get much attention.
The bicyclist are the idiots for wanting to ride on the roads, they are rude and disrespectful to drivers, which are meant to be on the road, bicyclists are jacked up on their adrenaline high and have this agenda to deem their right to the road!!! It's BS, get off the roads!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She tried this crap in Charlotte too. She attacked and made fun of cyclist here. Now she is trying similar tactics down there. She wants to to ruffle your feathers. She is washed up and is grasping to what's left of her career.
Oh Tara....same BS, different city. The queen city is so much better off without illogical, poorly supported arguments. I hope Charleston chews you up and spits you out. Cycling in Charlotte is a little safer now that you're not fueling the cycling hate game. There's pleny of irrational hate for cyclists on the road already without your contribution.
This is such a bad article I"m embarrassed that I have taken the time to read it. your logic is flawed, your perspective foul, and you regurgitated previous copy despite being paid for new work. Please never float your self-absorbed opinions in public again, especially not when you smear some twisted statistics on it. Lipstick on a pig...
oh my, what rock has this person been living under?
Something keenly left out of this argument is the fact that not everyone can afford a car to drive to their job, and not everyone lives within a walk-able distance to public transportation. The suggested argument of this column is that people choose to ride their bikes/walk with the knowledge they may die, and thus they are irresponsible. It's really kind of like saying people choose to be poor despite the fact that they know it will lower their life expectancy. Check your privilege as well as your facts.
As a landscape architect and urban designer, I am a huge proponent of "Complete Streets" -- streets designed to accommodate transit, bicyclists and pedestrians as well as automobiles -- made even better by incorporating green infrastructure and beauty. After all, this is our public realm.
I am not, however, a huge proponent of idiots or bad journalism. This would be inclusive of people like Tara "Cut and Paste" Servatius.
Another example of how Europe is better than the US.
You shouldn't need a car to get employment. You seem old enough, it's your generation's fault for not thinking of how to incorporate bike routes earlier.
The premise is a fallacy. Cyclists and walkers are not a risk to themselves. In most cases, they are not dying spontaneously from their behavior. The deaths are caused by external factors, primarily inattentive drivers.
It's funny that you mention babies dying of SIDS - it's not the babies that are placing themselves face down, it's the mothers who are doing it. That's why money is not spent teaching babies not to lie face down - it's spent educating people who are the cause of the problem.
Likewise, money should be spent addressing the root causes of cyclist and pedestrian deaths - by educating drivers to share the road and by improving infrastructure to allow cycling, walking, and driving to coexist safely.
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