- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 29, 2016

It seems In Other Words has simply had enough of the capitalist “cisheteropatriarchy” that is the Independent Film Channel (IFC).

Blasting the IFC show as a “net negative” for their belovedly quirky liberal city, the Portland feminist bookstore said that it has ended its arrangement with the network that allowed it to film scenes for “Portlandia” there, The Oregonian newspaper reported online Wednesday.

In Other Words (IOW) serves as the location of the fictional Women and Women First bookstore on the comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Fred Armisen and comedian and musician Carrie Brownstein. Among other stock characters they portray in the sketch comedy program, the duo portray Candace and Toni, co-owners of Women and Women First.

Mr. Armisen’s portrayal of Candace was listed as one grievance in a blog post by an IOW staffer, The Oregonian explained. His take on the character as the recurring skit’s “sole punchline throws trans femmes under the bus by holding up their gender presentation for mockery and ridicule,” the paper quoted an IOW blog posting.

It was, perhaps, just a matter of time before something like this would happen.

A leftist non-profit staffed by volunteers, IOW’s website includes a “Safer Space Policy” page that warns patrons to be aware that entering the premises means “you agree to abide by the following guidelines” including the understanding that: “Cishetero-patriarchy exists, white supremacy exists, ableism exists, racism exists, colonialism never ended, capitalism is bad. This is not a space where we argue about the basics of the situation. We learn and grow together, we do not gaslight each other and we do not minimize or deny experiences with oppression.”

But even if “capitalism is bad,” someone’s gotta pay the bills, and IOW believes the association with “Portlandia” hasn’t helped the bottom line.

“The post author also claims that In Other Words loses money when ‘Portlandia’ films there,” the Oregonian said. “Although the show pays a fee in order to use the space, it doesn’t cover lost profits or compensate neighboring businesses when they close for a shoot.”

“Like many radical social justice organizations in this current political climate, we are constantly struggling to make ends meet and we’re currently in dire need of serious funding and a big increase in our volunteer capacity to stay open,” according to a donation page for IOW at generosity.com. 

“Portlandia” airs on IFC. All six seasons are also available for streaming online via Netflix.

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