New Orleans is so overly dependent on tourism, and so eager to whore itself out to the highest bidder that our Mayor held a news conference to brag about luring-get ready-Wrestlemania to our fair city in 2014. That’s right, the WWE is getting the keys to the city. Now that Carnival parade season is over, it’s time for the tourism freak parade to resume,alas.
My friend Jeffrey summed up my disgust with this state of affairs quite nicely at his blog, Library Chronicles, so here’s some quotemania in response to wrestlemania:
This morning Mayor Landrieuhosted a press conference
celebrating the coming of Wrestlemania 30 to New Orleans in 2014. This
event is owned and presented by Vince and Linda McMahon. Linda is a
recently failed ultra-conservative Senate candidate from Connecticut who
opposes raising the minimum wage andeven suggested we consider lowering it.
Someone should ask Mayor Landrieu if it’s in our best interest as a
city to expend our time, money, and energy hosting these kinds of
people. No one will ask that, though.
Actually, you just did, Jeffrey. Not that he’d answer, he’s too busy pretending that we benefit from bringing a series of freak shows to town. I, for one, prefer our home grown freak shows to imported ones such as Wrestlefuckingmania.That’s something to brag about? Really?
I’ll give Todd Rundgren the last word since the Mayor’s bringing another Freak Parade to town: