Stuff White People Like

kinnon —  March 15, 2008 — 2 Comments

My friend, Ed Brenegar, knew I needed a good chuckle yesterday morning and pointed me at this site. Noel Heikkinen (whose last name sounds like someone yelling at me) mentions it this morning. Perhaps Obama’s pastor (or is that former pastor now) might find it interesting. (As an aside, I do think white folk need to stop overreacting to his comments – and place them in context. As much as some of my favorite writers suggest otherwise, he’s not comparable to the idiot Fred Phelps.)

The Outdoor Performance Clothes post @ SWPL cracked me up.

When white people aren’t working, they generally like to wear Outdoor Performance Clothes. The top suppliers of these garments and accessories include North Face, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Columbia Sportswear, and Patagonia.

When you see white people wearing these, it is important that you do not discuss business matters. Instead you should say things like “where did you get that fleece?” and “what’s that thing holding your keys to your shorts?” White people will be more than happy to talk to you about their sustainably produced possessions.

The main reason why white people like these clothes is that it allows them to believe that at any moment they could find themselves with a Thule rack on top of their car headed to a national park. It could be 4:00 p.m. on a Saturday when they might get a call “hey man, you know what we need to do? Kayak then camping, right now. I’m on my way to get you, there is no time to change clothes.”

That post only has 513 comments. You’d almost think Brant Hansen wrote it with that level of response.



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to Stuff White People Like

  1. Somewhere in the future of this post is the prospect of The Adventure of Business Casual Work Attire line of clothing. Wing-tip hiking boots, fleece tweed jackets, and hiking compass bolo ties.
    I can see it now.

  2. Thank you for directing me to that Very Funny Blog, SWPL. I was first intrigued, then amused, then shocked at how spot-on it could be (to get on the in’s with white people, just mention how into the Cure you were in high school…).

    Love yer blog; love Brant’s. : )


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