Thanks to LAist for circulating this online gem: Some dude’s rant that, though hilarious and fairly well-written, describes Echo Park and Silver Lake (note the spelling on the latter) as self-absorbed tomboys without brains. And by well-written, we mean compared to all the other non-nonsensical, misspelled and downright bat-shit crazy stuff that comes to us via the Internets.
Here’s what he thinks us Echo Park girls are all about:
I used to have crushes on arty girls, like those that are in abundance in Silverlake and Echo Park. Those girls with their slender, tomboyish figures. Until realizing that this subgroup I refer to as “indie kids” are not like the people I met in college at all. It is painful to sit in a coffeeshop and listen to these sorts of people as they continually spout out cliche hipster nonsense that they seem to think is intellectual thought, but isn’t. It’s like the entire generation that these late-20s, early-30s come from are completely emotionally detached, intellectually stunted, and politically and socially disengaged — but they somehow remain completely self-absorbed. I mean, self-absorption was once solely the domain of the intellectual and artistic elite — Einstein and Picasso, for instance — but has now filtered down to those who don’t even have a reason to be self-absorbed. Hell, with the seeming nonexistence of rational thought, pragmatism, emotional maturity, or any sense of the world outside, I’m not even convinced there is a self to be absorbed in.
After seeing places in this world where people live in tin shacks with no electricity or running water and literally eat the sun-baked gravel for survival of the barest degree, I find the lifestyle and values of this group of people reprehensible. And the fact that there are so many publications and facets of the media — like the LA Weekly, for instance — that seem to not only cater to this subgroup, but lionize and proselytize about the shitty music and faux-art that they produce must be sure sign of the impending downfall of the U.S., if not the Western world as a whole.
We here have been given everything, there is no excuse for ignorance and apathy. None. Take your shitty music with no balls, your mumblecore films and sub-Warhol pop art bullshit and go back to Oregon, Washington or Minnesota. And tell your hipster douche bag boyfriends to buy a razor, a comb, and some pants that didn’t come off the girl’s rack – you fucktards. I’ll be laughing my ass off when you’re working in the mines for your Chinese overlords. Thanks for pissing an entire generation away.
So, Mr. “To The Girls of Echo Park”: Not all Echo Park girls are “emotionally detached, intellectually stunted, and politically and socially disengaged.” In fact, it sounds like that’s what you’re attracting with your negative attitude, so perk up and get over it. If you think too hard about what other people are doing with their lives, your brain will explode.