GQ why did you do this to us? There’s fashion victims, but what about the victims who suffered through your recent blog post on The 40 Worst-Dressed Cities in America? Over the past week your review of the worst-dressed cities has been plastered everywhere from facebook posts of friends in Boulder and Boston to local news shows dying for feature filler. Granted there is a satirical bent to this posting as stated up front, but at some point (maybe city #25) satire gave way to gratuitous generalizations of how men dress. Why insult us with the obvious?
Here’s three reasons why GQ’s 40 Worst-Dressed cities in America is, well, lame:
1. 40 Cities is Ridiculous
Why not just name all the cities in almost every major market? It would have fell into your strategy to get every pathetic local newsroom to pick up this hard-edged story. Maybe you weren’t going for credibility just volume for everyone to spend time on your website to see if “they” were in the mix. A Top 10 or 20 would have been appreciated and would’ve kept your post from looking like a dumping (and dumbing) ground.
2. Football Fans & Tourists: Should they count?
Yes, a lot of men dress this way but tailgating and Disney world vacation pictures are hardly fashion for many communities. Yes, men can dress like slobs. And fans get crazy and tourists can be tasteless. Maybe you should just make fun of blue-collar workers instead. And many of those people would never be caught dead reading GQ for the very reason that you make fun of them. It’s so cool to use stereotypes for articles – it’s awesome to support all Americans as dumb-ass loud mouth types.
3. Using Pictures of Movies, TV Shows and Celebs is Lazy
The Hangover, Saturday Night Live, Jersey Shore, Ron Burgundy, Billy Ray Cyrus from the eighties, Portland from the nineties and that dude from Good Fellas? Funny to look at but thought your local market correspondents might be a little more entrenched in the city they were writing about. Is it bad for us to expect more from you?
We like to laugh and you can laugh at us for being revved up enough to write about your post (and you will) but we come to you for a fresh perspective on style and unique content, not something the cat dragged in from a staff meeting.