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Re: “White privilege, ethnic kabuki and old problems with the New Nashville

Here's the deal. When you've just gotten off the plane from the Bay Area, much less Tokyo, an overpriced, white-run, wannabe-Japanese kabuki place in East Nashville is transparently what it is, and what it is not:
at best a condescending commercial knock-off with no authenticity, at worst, an offensive contemporary parallel to black-face parodies.
Once I thought people in the South could learn. By mid-age, I've figured out, some of the them, simply are what they are. Dressing up in black face and making fun of others, or some equivalent of it, is simply their mode of existence.
Add two-plus hour wait time for what are almost always unremarkable meals by outside standards, and you've got some idea of the mediocre pretentiousness of much of the New Nashville: pay twice as much, to pretend you're waiting for something authentic and good (and *cultural*), when in fact-- it's little more than the standard white-run cabaret of decades past.
The good news? Nashville is no longer the monocultural limbo of twenty years ago. You can find a Palestinian and an Israeli, running a cafe together, chatting in Hebrew and Arabic. Some sort of diversity is on its way. There is hope of change-- if the bozos ever get pushed aside.
Plus, for the sophisticated outsider, there's the inherent humour, of good ole white boys with lots of access to local capital, running a faux kabuki joint, itself the natural habitat of wish-to-look-rich newly monied white ***** folks, engaging in good old conspicuous consumption (funded by a second mortgage on property they bought before the real estate bubble?), of faux cultural experiences.
That, as we say, is *so* Nashville. Personally, I'll choose the wonderfully unpretentious atmosphere of restaurants actually run by people who know how to cook the cuisine, the quiet class of places like Ellendale's -- and drop by Golden Coast, to suggest they ban anyone, obnoxious enough to demand they "speak English."

Posted by Kenneth Thomas on 04/16/2014 at 7:41 PM

Re: “White privilege, ethnic kabuki and old problems with the New Nashville

I don't get mad at at Rosepepper because the server is white. I get mad because the food is TERRIBLE!

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Posted by Rosepepper is terrible on 04/16/2014 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Nashville Film Festival 2014: Hot Tickets We Haven't Seen

The music in James Clauer's WHEN THE WORLD'S ON FIRE is actually by William Tyler. Corrected, with apologies.

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Posted by mr. pink on 04/16/2014 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Works: Joseph Seigenthaler and Jeff Danley Now Open at Cumberland Gallery

Every time I scroll past this, I think it's that dude from PHANTASM.

Posted by mr. pink on 04/16/2014 at 12:43 PM

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