hates Atlanta, too. As if dealing with overwhelmingly negative press from the New York Times
weren't enough, we're having to deal with an inside the Beltway webzine?
From what would otherwise be an amusing, if fluffy, article on China's Olympic mascots
Izzy also represented perhaps the worst Olympics since Munich. The Atlanta games featured both a terrorist attack and a wave of nauseating Nike/Coke/America triumphalism and were held in a backwater of a town smaller than, I'm not kidding, at least 25 Chinese cities you've never even heard of.
Now, I'm not going to sit here and defend Izzy. That's pointless. And hopeless. But since when is Atlanta a "backwater"? We have the world's busiest airport. The world's most recognizable news organization, the most successful delivery company in history, and the most consumed beverage other than water were all founded here. Our artists have conquered the cultural consciousness of half the planet.
There are cities in China no one's heard of larger than practically every
Olympic city, including such backwaters as Berlin, Rome, and Athens, not to mention such cosmopolitan locales as Lillehammer and Nagano. Let me let you in on a not-a-secret: Shenyang is a backwater. So are Wuhan, Dongguan, and nearly every other Chinese city that isn't Beijing, Shanghai, or Hong Kong.
If you want to write a cute little article in praise of merchandising opportunities, that's all well and good, but there's no reason to be spitting insults at a city of 4.5 million while you're at it, even parenthetically. At least when Stephen Colbert takes a swipe
at us, it's a meaningless throwaway joke that comes across as silly, not mean. Stick a cork in it, Slate
-- it's not like your town's given us anything other than death and taxes.
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