Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Stuff White People Like: The blog that helps you understand people from Shaker Heights

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 5:59 AM

Remember, people: Never be caught blogging in public spaces without your trophy dog!
Ever wondered why so many of your friends own piles of New Balance sneakers and brag about their love of Thai food and soccer? The mystery is explained at Stuff White People Like, the authoritative guide to the elusive yuppie sub-species known as the Upscale Liberal. You know, the people who are first on the block to trade in their Suburu wagon for a Prius, and believe their coolness is directly related to how close they live to black people. Think of it as an anthropological study of NPR-recycling-liberals everywhere — people who pride themselves on being unique, but are really just like all their friends… Our favorite entries include the one about Having Gay Friends, which notes, “If white people could draft friends the way that the NFL drafts prospects, it would go like this: black friends, gay friends, and then all other minorities would be drafted based on need and rarity to the region.” Then there’s The Idea of Soccer, which explains: “White people don’t actually enjoy watching soccer; they just like telling their friends that they are into it. In fact, the main reason white people like soccer is so they can buy a new scarf.” Though it’s only been online for a few months, its founder, Christian Lander, already has a book deal. Which is fitting, really. Book deals: Yet another thing white people like. – Lisa Rab



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