Thursday, October 12, 2006

the post where i defend LA

because that's what i do. everywhere i go, i run into people who talk about los angeles and how awful it is. how much they hate it and how everyone there is fake. i will tell you, internet, what i tell all of them:

LA is not fake. you want to know who's fake? the people who move here from another state and completely lose who they are. it's the girl from some small midwestern town with big dreams who moves to LA and then completely loses her sense of self. gone are her genetic tits (not to mention her brain). her hair is probably now bleached blonde and she's into whatever fad us angelino's are into on that particular day.

it's the guy who moves here because he too, wants to be an actor. gone is the once sweet, kind mannered boy and in his place is whatever asshole he thinks it takes to be in this town. how quickly he's become one of the people whose first words are, "so what do you do?" when he meets someone new.

it's those types of people, who are trying so hard to be someone they're not. they want so badly to be in the game, that they don't stop to realize that it's other people just like them who created the game in the first place. they put on a show. an act. all because they feel that whoever they are, isn't quite good enough.

most people agree when i tell them that. because i really do believe it's true. it's not the average person who was born and raised here (please note that people born and raised in beverly hills are a different breed all their own). because that would be me. a native. and last time i checked, i wasn't anything like those people- even though i've often worked in the entertainment industry and had every opportunity to turn into a plastic surgery floosy. oh, that sounds hot!

i will admit that a lot of the LA stereotypes are true. i could go on and on about what a bad ass a guy thinks he is based on the car he drives. or how every female in the city wants to know what you can do for them... and often, it's something they ask. i could probably go on for days about the money factor, and how people think that their income alone should be enough to impress you. and how for tons of people, it is enough.

certain shitty stereotypes are true. and while they are things that people hate about the city- i love los angeles for it. all of it. all of these things are what makes this town. there's no other place on earth that's exactly like it. every place has its own unique feel and character, and this just happens to be a part of LA's. and while certain things make me downright sick to my stomach, other things i just laugh my ass off about. probably because i've never really cared. i've never tried to be someone i'm not. i've never wanted anything from anyone i didn't know. so i can see through the game. i watch the players, but never had to be one of them. you can't blame the city for the way people act, or change. it's one of the coolest places in the US, in my opinion. where else can you dance at a club while leonardo dicaprio watches? or eat lunch 5 feet from jennifer aniston? it's a rare and crazy place, this town. but i freaking love it.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yay! I love that you love LA-it's everything and nothing all rolled into one. You can be(or do)anyone you want to, yet it's all artifice. LA is a stereotype that's more in the mind than anywhere else. I love to take people around the city, but then show them the LA that I see. The beautiful buildings, the museums, the cultures...Great post!

Melissa said...

And the great thing is that the true LA people, like you and me too, who love, love, love LA, we know that sitting five feet form Jennifer Anniston means nothing. We know she is just another person who puts one shoe on first, just like we do. I love this city too and I will defend it with you for the rest of my life. Everything you said was right on. YAY you. ;)

Jenn said...

Both of Mike's brothers live in LA. They are the rare breed who actually moved there....but didn't change. And one even does work in the entertainment industry. But they're the same ole guys they always were. I was there a day and a half....not even close to enough time. Next time I go...I want someone *cough* Ster & Issa *cough* to show me the town!

mothergoosemouse said...

I've enjoyed my business trips to LA, and I know a lot of really nice, thoroughly REAL people there. But I love New York.

Becky said...

i am dying to visit there and i sure as heck could live there if the man didn't have a say in it!

Anonymous said...

You know I love LA--even though I moved there from SF, where everybody hates it. It's easy to hate LA, and to everybody that does, I say fine. The more you hate it, the less you will come visit and god knows we don't need any more people. I will say, however, that I don't think it's necessarily just the people that move here who act in those stereotypical fashions. I've actually met many natives who act that way. And many who don't.
None of it matters anyway--where else do you get weather like this and beautiful beaches like this? Where?

alison said...

Smell-A? Just kidding. I love it too. :)

carrie said...

I've only been in the airport in LA, but hopefully that'll change someday - when I come to visit, not pursue and acting career!!!

It sounds divine, and stereotypes suck. I am so stinkin' sick of the "rainy" reputation Seattle has, I've lived here most of my life and yeah, it rains more than Arizona, but probably less than Hawaii and you never hear Hawaii described as a "rainy" state! Humph! (don't quote me on the rain thing - it is just a thought based on trips to Hawaii when it rained a whole lot!) I love Hawaii too!

Carrie

Kentucky Girl said...

We have those same kinds of people in San Francisco. I think it's a "California" thing because all those places outside of here think CA is some great giant party they see on television. heh. If they only knew!

Mike said...

I could never live in LA. I'd end up yelling at all the fake people all the time. My brothers moved there. I don't know how they did it.

coffeygirlb said...

Yeah, I love L.A and all it has to offer. There are certain shitty aspects to every place. What people hate is the enertainment industy and all the fake 23 year-old bitch ass-punks that are in it. (or maybe that's just me) Thats what gives L.A a bad rep, that and Parisite Hilton. Sure it's over crowded and smoggy but then so is NY and people praise it. My mom grew up in L.A though so i've always loved it. If I had to choose though i'd go east coast just cause I love the fall and cold. Whatever, to each his own. Sorry about the lengthy rant.

Shelly said...

I love LA too. I am from Montana and married a CA. guy. I went back for a visit and MISSED HOME...LA. It has more to offer than some cowpoke town, even with all the fruits, Nuts and Flakes.

Kevin Charnas said...

YEAH, ASSHOLES!!! WHAT JENNSTER SAID!!! YEAH!

Sam said...

Wonderful pics!

Queen of Spain said...

Yes. Yes. And Yes.

I have to admit, I'm still getting used to it and we've been here 8 years. But all in all, I don't think I'd ever leave...even with the bimbos and idiots.

Because for every jerk we run into, we meet 50 amazing people with amazing backgrounds.

There is something to be said when you throw all those creative types together.

Neil said...

I live in LA and never defend the place. LA is an awful mess, crowded and congested and ugly. It also is what makes it interesting.

Mom101 said...

I understand your point all too well - it's like when people say all New Yorkers are snotty social climbers who make fun of the outer boroughs. I think dude, those are all Jersey transplants. Real New Yorkers don't really care what your zip code is.

I will agree that calling everyone in LA "fake" is a bad generalization. But I do think there's a certain degree of shallowness due that comes with the biz, thanks to the cutthroat nature of it. Everyone is a potential contact and I definitely feel that there - people wondering what I can do for them. You just need a keen eye there, to separate the idiots from the people who could be your true friends.

Speaking of which, MOVE BACK!

j fo said...

but the bars close at 2 am

Angry Dad said...

I think you got the essence of it just right. I love LA. No matter what people say about it or describe it to the stereotypes. I love Hollywood. I love Venice. I love Santa Monica. I love the OC. I love the theme parks! I love how there is so much to do, and how there is so much hidden away. It is a massive melting pot, and if it didn't have smog, it would be perfect. I would love to have been there in the 50's!

jen said...

wow, and that's why i love you and your site so much!!! keep keepin it real girl!

Plunky said...

Oy. I live in LA and don't like it. I wouldn't say it's because of "fake" people or any of that crap(b/c "fake" people are everywhere). I just am so far away from my family and friends. I do have to say though, it's grown on me as I've gotten out of my 20s and don't give a crap what people think anymore. I can't wait to move in Nov but I'm sure a part of me will miss it when I am gone!

sweatpantsmom said...

Jennstah!

I'm just catching up on some of your posts. I'm so glad you wrote this - have you noticed a lot of LA Hatin' goin on in the blogosphere lately?

Poor souls - they all just want so badly to move here. Huzzah!

Virginia Belle said...

i think we all feel the need to defend our hometowns/places we live.

sure, i've heard all the stereotypes about different cities. but if the towns are so bad, no one would live there, right? that's how i look at it. i try not to believe much of what i hear until i visit.

people say indianapolis is boring. but it has a GREAT bar scene. and fabulous shopping. (although, i will say the food isnt' the best.)

i live in SC. we have stereotypes too! hello?! the redneck, idiot who looks like he's fresh out of Deliverance or something. He lives in a trailer and never graduated high school. He works for minimum wage and has no idea what a martini is. he's missing a couple of teeth. He spends his weekends in Wal-Mart buying crappy cheap stuff and watching nascar. etc.

do those people exist here? yes. is everyone here like that? hell no. there is old money here, there are PhDs here, there are musicians and chefs and athletes...we have it all.

and don't even get me started on my hometown, which is sort of the Town that Time Forgot. but you know what? i love it, for all of its backwardness, i love it.