Feminist Bookstore and ‘Portlandia’ Part Ways

For all of you “Portlandia” fans out there, some sad news has been announced. The feminist bookstore, In Other Words, where a popular sketch is filmed, has cut ties with the show. The 23-year-old nonprofit bookstore, according to CBS News, “has faced financial struggles and is currently running a fundraising campaign to help stay afloat.”

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CBS News also reported: 

Although In Other Words was given a “small” flat fee per episode, the bookstore said it didn’t cover profits lost by the store having to remain closed for filming. The bookstore claimed that exposure from the show doesn’t provide financial or political support of any kind.

“Tourists and fans of the show come to our door to stand outside, take selfies and then leave. The vast majority of them don’t come inside,” 

In Other Words said that the scenes filmed inside the store were “trans-antagonistic”, “trans-misogynist” and they did not agree with the way the bookstore was being portrayed. 

The sketches include Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein as Toni Rose and Candace Devereaux, the owners of the fictional store, “Women and Women First.” Between yelling at customers, arguing with police, and attempting to burn down the store, Toni and Candace are self-proclaimed feminists who make a statement by not selling anything.

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According to Paste Magazine, there are only 13 feminist bookstores left in the US and Canada. Make sure you support your local businesses! 



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