I used to be a fan of the Stuff White People Like blog back in the day — I would even quote it to my then-girlfriend-now-wife in order to embarrass her, since she falls squarely within the “endlessly self-criticizing liberal upper-middle-class white person” stereotype the blog was made to lampoon.
Christian Lander, the creator of the blog, seems like a decent guy. Certainly from reading SWPL from beginning to end I’m fairly certain he shares my politics, that he sees himself as a leftist commenting on his fellow leftists. I have no personal beef with him, or with the creators and cast of “Portlandia” or “Girls,” the spiritual sequels to SWPL. (OK, I have kind of a problem with Lena Dunham, but that’s a whole other column. One that, in fact, several other people have already written, so I won’t bother with it here.)
If Mr. Lander reads this, I apologize profusely. I’m sure we’d get along great if we met in real life. It pains me to say it, but I think Christian Lander — and his colleagues in the “mocking effete white liberals” business — are seriously damaging the culture at large.