In poor taste

Ray Wert gave me a heads-up on this tasteless joke made by Saturday Night Live’s Amy Poehler last night. Poehler’s words were in reference to the Real World coming to “Detroit”:

“The next season of MTV’s ‘The Real World’ will be shot in Detroit…as will a number of the cast members.”

Just curious, Amy: when was the last time you were in Detroit?

11 Comments so far

  1. Ray (unregistered) on October 30th, 2005 @ 11:59 am

    Although you can head over to my site for more info…you can also feel free to e-mail the folks at SNL to express your displeasure. Their e-mail address is:

    Let your voices be heard my Metro Detroit blogging brethren! :)

  2. Raquel (unregistered) on October 30th, 2005 @ 4:26 pm

    Wow Amy is really not with it,

    Never been to Detroit, but I’m from Minneapolis and unfortunealy, we are starting to see shootings and crime rise more than ever before, I think it is worse that how it used to be Detroit back then. They call us Murderapolis.

  3. Jake (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 9:24 am

    Go ahead and make pithy comments like those in your post to the several hundred people who are shot and killed in this city each year. There are hundreds of families whose lives are forever ruined by the violence here. You and your suburban friends may have escaped violence, but a lot of people haven’t. These are real people, despite the fact that they clash with your vision of utopia here. To dismiss them so casually shows arrogance and haughtiness. Your sheltered world is not the same as people who actually live in this town. Try understanding that for a change.

  4. MGal (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 9:36 am

    Jake – it is true there is a violence issue here in Detroit. How often on the news do we hear of a minor issue being solved through gunfire? How many people, children/adults, have been innocently caught in the crossfire? So what do you propose we should do about it?

    (And Girl does live in the city)

  5. Ray (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 1:30 pm

    Jake – It’s important for us, both as a city and as a regional community, to highlight and address the problems we see in the city and in the suburbs. It’s my belief that there is difference between us dealing with and facing the problems we have internally, and said problems clouding the perception of Detroit to outsiders. Nothing is helped by a negative perception and image of the city by the suburbs, the state, the rest of the nation and indeed the rest of the world.

    I think that many already believe that if the City of Detroit can continue to attract outside and out-of-state investment in the form of new jobs and new infrastructure, that may be able to help some of the issues such as poverty and violence in the City.

    However, as I said, none of that will happen if the negative image of the City persists.

  6. (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 6:39 pm

    Thank you for your comments, everyone.

    Raquel – you are right, Amy isn’t worth it.

    Jake – As a Detroit resident, I am well aware of the violence here and certainly wasn’t directing my post to anyone that has been affected by violence in Detroit. I am also aware that many people living outside of Detroit are scared to step foot into the city for fear they will be shot. Comments made on national television like Ms. Poehler’s exacerbate this fear.

  7. Robert Gilmore (unregistered) on November 15th, 2005 @ 8:12 pm

    IF you dont live in a City Like Detroit, Chicago, Washition D.C., New Orleans, L.A., Comptan, Libertiy City (yes it not just a video game its in Florida near Miami) THEN SHUT UP BITCH

  8. (unregistered) on November 15th, 2005 @ 8:38 pm

    Not sure if that comment was directed at me or not, Robert, but I do live IN Detroit.

  9. Vernon (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2005 @ 10:04 pm

    I think Amy Poehler is the most pretentious person on television. I could list the reasons why and how, but that is for a later date. First, please look for yourselves on various interviews where her parents state ” When Amy told us she wanted to act, we thought: Great that’s 80K down the drain”. What BS, her mother used to send out articles to the local paper,etc. Amy knew the route to go to success. As much she tries to convey herself as an earnest “artiste”. Please! It’s laughable. She’s not funny at all. Amy Poehler is ambitious and throat-cutting. Please look at her brother’s website “”. This will give you some insight to the vacuity in the gene.

  10. Angela (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2005 @ 1:42 pm

    I live in a suburb outside of Flint Michigan. You are more likely to be shot or stabbed in Flint than Detroit. In ranks of the highest crime rate cities, Flint is Number One ranking higher than St. Louis, New Orleans, Alanta and Michigan’s own Detroit.

  11. JimmyJohn (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2006 @ 8:52 am

    It was a joke people. Get over it. We all know that Detroit is not the safest place to be…if this joke makes you so upset, it’s because you can’t accept the truth about the city we call home.

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