And You Thought Fox News Stereotypes Were Bad
Written by Bwog Staff
When visiting a new city/part of town, it’s always a good idea to know the stereotypes (true and untrue) and local hangouts, so you can fit in all the easier. “NYC nightlife and social news” website Guest of a Guest has decided to give its readers “The “Truth” About Columbia, NYU, and Other NYC Colleges.” Strap in for some knowledge.
The author, Mathias Rozenwieg (NYU ’13, though he can’t even get his own school’s stereotypes right) claims that Columbians “are safely labeled the Rich Nerds.” So far, so general. But the train begins to go off the tracks when he writes that a trip “feels like walking into a J-Crew catalogue with slightly less attractive, stressed out models,” which anyone who’s ever visited Butler will tell you is being more than generous.
The strangeness continues: Rozenwieg says “these smarties let loose at Bar 1020 for beer on tap, La Negrita for live music, the Dead Poet for some quiet drinking, or Jake’s Dilemma, filled with your usual assortment of drunk girls and guys.” If you haven’t heard of those last two establishments, they’re in the low 80s on Amsterdam, and one non-Columbia student seems to think they’re part of the Columbia party scene. The clothing stereotype is rather surprising as well: “Abercrombie & Fitch, J-Crew, and lots and lots of sweats.” There you have it, dear readers: according to the Internet, Columbia is just a WASPy New Jersey high school. Sorry to disappoint.