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Feminist bookstore from “Portlandia” cuts ties with show

30 September 2016

From CBS News:

The bookstore In Other Words, featured on “Portlandia,” announced on Wednesday that it has cut ties with the show, CBS affiliate KOIN reports.

The bookstore said filming the show left its business a mess, staff mistreated and neighboring businesses sometimes forced to close for a day “without warning.”

The Portland store, In Other Words, initially enjoyed the publicity, reports the Associated Press. The 23-year-old nonprofit has faced financial struggles and is currently running a fundraising campaign to help stay afloat.

“It was also a direct response to a show which is in every way diametrically opposed to our politics and the vision of society we’re organizing to realize. A show which has had a net negative effect on our neighborhood and the city of Portland as a whole,” the bookstore said, according to KOIN.

. . . .

“Tourists and fans of the show come to our door to stand outside, take selfies and then leave. The vast majority of them don’t come inside,” the bookstore said.

In Other Words described the segments filmed in their bookstore as “trans-antagonistic” and “trans-misogynist.” It said the show’s segments have only gotten more offensive as time goes on.

Link to the rest at CBS News and thanks to Dave for the tip.


14 Comments to “Feminist bookstore from “Portlandia” cuts ties with show”

  1. Yup, the shows get in the way of but never ‘get’ real life.

    (And still not seeing any TPV emails at all.)

  2. Although In Other Words was given a “small” flat fee per episode, the bookstore said it didn’t cover profits lost by the store having to remain closed for filming. The bookstore claimed that exposure from the show doesn’t provide financial or political support of any kind.

    I’ve had a bit of exposure to film and TV production. The standard deal for location shooting is the production company pays the expected revenues (and costs) for the shooting period plus extra. The production company might have negotiated hard and offered only revenue estimated from actual receipts, which given “The 23-year-old nonprofit has faced financial struggles and is currently running a fundraising campaign to help stay afloat.” may not have been enough to cover expenses. If the previous board signed an agreement that gave them less money than staying open would have, bad on them.

    Location filming is disruptive, but local authorities are usually strict with any production that causes more than the agreed level of chaos or causes chaos at unexpected times.

    The deal was negotiated by a previous board and the current board, staff, and volunteers are not interested in continuing the agreement. Fair enough. I’m just amused that the tone of the full article is ‘they aren’t paying us enough to violate our principles’.

    Now hanging outside the business is a sign that says, “F— Portlandia.

  3. This is a link to their actual announcement: http://inotherwords.org/2016/09/28/fuck-portlandia/

    (sigh) – Another volunteer-run bookstore that is face[ing] financial struggles and is currently running a fundraising campaign to help stay afloat. They have a page on generosity.com that has raised 2,742 over 9 months, 5% of a $50,000 goal. Good luck, ladies.

  4. I have never seen the show, but I take this as a great recommendation.

    • In the series, the bookstore is called Women and Women First and is run by two humorless feminists with no sense of irony. Fred Armisen plays proprietess Candace in his usual minimalist female drag, which may be why the [real] store proprietors accuse the show of being trans-antagonistic.

      I sympathize that the falling out may have occurred due to the hardship of hosting a shoot.

      That,or the real store owners have volunteered, without irony, to make themselves the punchline to a joke.

      Q: How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?
      A: That’s not funny.

  5. Our experience with film/ production f any kind/ features in big mags, is to stay as far away as possible. If you do have principles/ values that are not some gimme gimme loop, you will not be settled with outcome whether they pay a mint or a mite. Doesnt matter what they pay.

  6. Perhaps they got ticked off by this scene…


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