In a June 26 letter, "Mean-spirited spoof not amusing," about the online show "Vancouvria," Mike Nettleton stated that, among other things, he felt that the show's situations "reeked of cheap-shot cologne." As someone from Vancouver who is also part of Vancouvria's writer's circle, I say: "Good one!" I think that it's important for us to be able to laugh at ourselves, especially in these tough times.
I truly do apologize if Nettleton finds the material to be mean-spirited. For me, the goal of the show is not to make "ugly stereotypes" about Vancouver, but rather to look at (and laugh at) how people from Portland perceive Vancouver and its residents.
For those who haven't seen the show, I invite you to decide for yourself. Check out Season One's finale (with a cameo by Mayor Tim Leavitt) at Vancouvria. For those of you who like the show, new episodes will start airing in January. In the meantime, please keep an eye out for the unveiling of Vancouvria's exciting new beauty product: "Cheap Shot Cologne."