Thrillist Declares Southeast D.C. “Dangerously Exotic”
Apparently, Thrillist is not really fond of Washington's Southeast quadrant. In a piece today on Navy Yard's Kruba Thai and Sushi, the popular lifestyle newsletter declared a quarter of the city to be just so strange (emphasis added):
Kruba Thai's opening next week, and it's full of so much teak, you'll think you're in Southeast Asia before realizing you're in some place far more dangerously exotic: Southeast DC. It's also full of crispy basil duck and steamed rockfish, so prepare for your first-ever non-baseball trip down that way.
Dangerously exotic! "First-ever non-baseball trip!" Thrillist acts like no one actually lives in Southeast—or at least, no one who would subscribe to Thrillist, which might be the whole point.
Thrillist seems to be pointing to some exaggerated version of '90s-era Southeast that never actually described the area back then, and certainly doesn't now. Given that Southeast includes gentrified places like Barracks Row and the bars around the Eastern Market Metro stop, the idea that Thrillist readers don't go there doesn't even make sense. That area's practically the third stop on the Stations of the Thrillist Cross.
I hate to read too deeply into what's meant to be breezy advertorial copy, but it continues:
There aren't a ton of reasons to head to Southeast in the offseason....
And with this.
...when the crack is, alas, no longer of the bat.
I've contacted Thrillist for a comment, and I'll update if they get back to me.
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