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False advertising

It’s no secret that the big Democrat controlled cities of the USA have badly hurt themselves with their Chinese Lung Rot lockdown responses and allowing Burn Loot Murder and Antifa to have so much smashing, hitting, wrecking and arson fun in 2020.

Defunding police did not help either, nor siding with criminals against cops, which resulted in hundreds of early retirements, leaving these big city forces short-staffed even as some Democrats belatedly talk of restoring funding. But that’s a topic for another day.

As both pandemics wane these same cities now want to try and get back to normal, and that means advertising themselves. For cities like New York and Chicago, however badly damaged they were and remain, the advertising task is easier because they already have brand power.

But what if you’re a place like Portland? I say Portland, you say … ?

If the first thing you thought of was “rioting, beatings, killings and arson”, then congratulations! Your powers of observation are as acute as ever. And you’re not the only one. Others have noticed. That’s why tourism in Portland, Oregon, is in the toilet.

But if you’re an advertising agent you do what you always do; you embrace the reality and put the best spin on it that you can. Take it away, Travel Portland:

You just have to love these phrases that cover the (cough) reality they know the rest of the USA knows about:

Some of what you’ve heard about Portland is true.

Tell me the truth, baby.

We have some of the loudest voices on the West Coast. And yes, passion pushes the volume all the way up. We’ve always been like this. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Glitter. Turds. Rolling in.

This reads more like a recruiting poster for Antifa: “Come to Portland where setting federal courthouses and ICE buildings on fire and blinding police officers with lasers is so quirky and so…  Portland.”

They also had a YouTube advert with much the same drivel. They actually do address the riots at the 1:32 mark – and it’s an insult to locals who have to live with this crap.

Some of the locals on Reddit were not impressed:

Lifetime portlander here. Cute sentiment I guess, but I hate it. Because it’s bullshit.

Portland is pretty fucked up right now, for a lot of reasons. Putting on rose colored glasses and painting the city as progressive and quirky feels like a slap in the face to those who suffer as a result of this city’s problems.

It’s also extra weird to allude to the racial justice and police violence protests and then not mention it at all + kinda frame it as “lol we have passionate people here! on both sides!”

But I’m not surprised. Travel Portland’s job is to bring people with money into the city, not make the city better for Portlanders.

Oh well. If there are no riots there are always other sights in Portland. It is still the Whitest big city in the USA.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 5, 2021 at 11:16 am

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