Sunday, June 13, 2021
June 13, 2021

Linkedin Pinterest

Letter: Mean-spirited spoof not amusing

The Columbian

A few weeks ago, I caught a free showing of “Vancouvria” at the Kiggins Theatre as part of an Art on the Boulevard event. After squirming through six episodes of Portland filmmaker Brighton West’s ‘Couv spoof, I could only generate a few wry smiles and a possible chuckle.

While the TV series “Portlandia” lampoons Stumptown’s hipper-than-thou crowd, there’s still a tone of fondness.

Sure, the characters are hopelessly woo-woo. But there’s a sense that they’re motivated by noble intentions, cranked up to 11 on the humor amplifier.

“Vancouvria” is mean-spirited. The hyperpatriotic borderline bigots over here fuel their families on a steady diet of Big Macs and Bloomin’ Onions and hate Obama. We all drive gas-guzzling SUVs and revel in spewing poisonous exhaust fumes. “Vancouvria” feels like a snide Portland hipster (West?) scolding the sullen masses who dare to oppose footing their fair share of someone’s high-concept iconic Columbia River Crossing.

The jokes were badly crafted, the punch lines half-baked, and the situations reeked of cheap-shot cologne.

Vancouver is fair game for satire and even ridicule. But simply trotting out ugly stereotypes is not the stuff of belly laughs.

Mike Nettleton


We encourage readers to express their views about public issues. Letters to the editor are subject to editing for brevity and clarity. Limit letters to 200 words (100 words if endorsing or opposing a political candidate or ballot measure) and allow 30 days between submissions. Send Us a Letter