Chatter: Everyday People
What you said about what we said last week
For last week’s inaugural People Issue, we highlighted some of our favorite artists, athletes, bartenders, and even politicians, and our readers, in large part, seemed to be on board with our picks. One big exception: interviewee, ex–Georgetown Hoya, and Washington Wizard Otto Porter. “I hope Otto Porter is a better NBA player than interview subject,” tweeted David Malitz, the Washington Post’s pop culture editor. “This just in: Otto Porter is B-O-R-I-N-G,” wrote @CTSchwink. And @hgil added: “Does Porter do anything other than play ball & video games? He doesn’t seem to know anything about the city.”
Oh, there’s more: “Very cool story, especially that you featured Jeff Stacey and his Jazz Jams, good to see someone is tapping into that often lost aspect of D.C. nightlife,” wrote commenter Michael D. “The Otto Porter Jr. feature was utterly useless though. He had nothing to offer to this piece, which features people doing awesome things that benefit our city.”
Also subject to some criticism: us. “congrats to [D.C. statehood activist Josh Burch] but not to @wcp which profiled just one activist (white male) and on the safest possible issue,” tweeted activist Sam Jewler.
“@wcp releases ‘The People Issue,’ tweeted @hsnaveed. “But, there are MANY people missing. Totally need a bit more diversification.” When pressed on who we left out, @hsnaveed responded, “to name a few: LGBT and out, Asian American, a service worker or two. We’ve got immense diversity in D.C. Must showcase it.”
Some of the people we highlighted were grateful for being included, at least. “The @wcp decided I was an interesting person in D.C. & I mainly discussed Back to the Future,” tweeted comedian Jenn Tisdale.
Still, for some readers, an issue stacked with so-called creatives could’ve gone even further. “Progress: Only one mixologist in @wcp’s People Issue,” tweeted City Paper contributor Kriston Capps. “Not enough vintage fashion entrepreneurs!” @sarahnemerson piled on. “Zero startup consultants” Capps shot back.
The coup de grace: “How many baristas?” tweeted @BenHarris_1.” You’ll have to wait until The People Issue 2014, we guess.
The Exploding Plastic Inevitable
An item in last week’s D.C. Feed section on lost credit cards in local bars earned a predictable amount of forehead slapping. “This is baffling to me. I’ve left behind a credit card twice in the last 10 years, each time I got it back less than 12 hours later,” commented yup yup. “Who leaves a card behind for a Month?!?”
“Tourists, perhaps?” ventured Squidgod the Unbannable 2.0. “My buddy crashed at my place in D.C. for a night of bar hopping on his way down to North Carolina. His dumb ass unwittingly left his debit card behind. I tried to retrieve it for him, but the bartender working the next day (smartly) wouldn’t surrender it without valid ID. He ended up canceling the card.”
Department of Corrections
Due to a reporting error, an interview with Katie Alice Greer in The People Issue misidentified her band Priests as a trio. The group is a quartet.