The trouble with Portlandia

Yesterday, I told you that In Other Words, the feminist bookstore featured in the TV show Portlandia under the fictional name Women & Women First, had put a "Fuck Portlandia" sign in its window, and when the Willamette Week reached out for comment, bookstore staff told the Week to "go fuck themselves."

Now, In Other Words has written a post explaining the sign. Also titled "Fuck Portlandia," the post makes a great case for why In Other Words doesn't want to play by the show's rules anymore:

This was a direct response to a particular egregious filming of the show in our space which saw our store left a mess, our staff mistreated, our neighbors forced to close and lose business for a day without warning, and our repeated attempts to obtain accountability or resolution dismissed.

The post, which you should definitely read, explains a bunch of specific reasons why the store staff decided not to be involved with the show anymore: insufficient pay for use of the space, the questionable trans politics of the "deeply shitty joke" of Fred Armisen in a dress, and the fact that Portlandia staff reportedly asked In Other Words to remove the "Black Lives Matter" sign from their front window, along with other points.

It will no doubt be easy for reporters to make cheap "unfunny feminist" jokes about this post, but In Other Words makes a legitimate case here as to why they don't want to participate in Portlandia any more. I'll be curious to see if the show even bothers to respond to their allegations. If they do, I'll let you know.