Allen Weiner hates L.A. I know this because his post “Why I Hate L.A.” popped up on the one of the L.A. feeds in my RSS reader this morning and caught my eye. I took the time to post a response to what I found to be a lackluster, empty rant, but strangely (and by strangely I mean “stupidly”) my comment magically disappeared right after the author logged in around 2:00MST. While what I had to say wasn’t complimentary, I wouldn’t say it was anti-intellectual or pointless. From memory, it was something along the lines of…
Boy, that sure is a controversial stance you’ve taken there, complaining about the traffic and all the fake people. I’ve never heard that before. To borrow a phrase, you are what you eat. Nothing like journos and insiders that surround themselves exclusively with Silverlake hipsters or industry Westsiders and then complain about how shallow everybody is.
Wake me up when you’ve got an interesting analysis to share, instead of just masturbatory troll-bait.
Since I’m on the subject, and since Mr. Weiner has prevented any of us from continuing the conversation in the comments on his site, allow me to expand. Too all of you who constantly complain about how shitty L.A. is, let me say this….I don’t fucking care. I’ve heard these same four or five arguments a million times. You think everybody is shallow and fake? I’ve got a couple of hundred hard working, down-to-earth, working-class neighbors that spend their days staffing your gas stations and your hotels and your restaurants and your hospitals that would take great umbrage at your boneheaded attempt to paint 12 million people with one brush just because you’ve never been east of downtown except to drive to Vegas.
In fact, I’m glad all of you hate L.A. Do the rest of us a favor and move back to San Francisco or New York and leave this huge, awesome, multi-faceted city to those of us that are willing to take the time to appreciate it. I have a sneaking suspicion that you’re going to find something to complain about anywhere you end up.
ADDENDUM: hexod.us adds brings up another good point in the comments that I forgot I wanted to mention, though I alluded to it a bit. Los Angeles is not Hollywood. If you want to bitch about Hollywood, fine. But be smart enough to know the difference.