Stuff White People Like

linkI subscribe to the RSS feed for a great blog entitled Stuff White People Like. Although it's updated far too infrequently for my liking, every entry makes me laugh out loud.

One of my favourite entries, because it's so damn true, is #85 The Wire.

Though white people have a natural aversion to television, there are some exceptions. For white people to like a TV show it helps if it is: critically acclaimed, low-rated, shown on premium cable, and available as a DVD box set.

The latter is important so that white people can order it from Netflix and tell their friends “they are really into <insert series> and I watched ten episodes in a row in the weekend. I’m almost caught up.”

If you attempt to talk about an episode they have not seen yet, they will scream and cover their ears. In white culture, giving away information about a film or TV series is considered as rude as spitting on your mothers grave. It is an unforgivable offense.

Recent series that have fallen into this category include The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and most recently The Wire.

For the past three years, whenever you say “The Wire” white people are required to respond by saying “it’s the best show on television.” Try it the next time you see a white person! Though now they might say “it WAS the best show on television.”

So why do they love it so much? It all comes down to authenticity. A long time ago, someone started a rumor that when The Wire is on TV, actual police wires go quiet because all the dealers are watching the show. Though this is not true, it seems plausible enough to white people and has imbued the show with the needed authenticity to be deemed acceptable.

The popularity of this show among white people has create a unique opportunity for personal gain.

If you need to impress a white person, tell them you are from Baltimore. They will immediately ask you about The Wire and how accurate it is. You should confirm that it is “like a documentary of the streets,” the white person will then slowly shake their head and say “man” or “wow.” You will be seen in an entirely new light.

If you are not from Baltimore but the white person you are talking to is, they might start asking you a lot of questions. In this situation, you should just say you left when you were young but you still have a lot of cousins there but you don’t like to go back to visit. This will remove all doubts and they can go back to telling you about how John from Accounting needs to “stop snitching” about their two hour lunch breaks.

Trust me, you want to subscribe to this blog. Whether you're white or not.

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As a non-white person, "Stuff White People Like" is legendary. I can't remember when I first found it, but I can't help but laugh either. Accurate? I can't say for sure, but does it ever come close.

June 2, 2009 @ 9:05 PM

Toronto Mike

As a white guy, let me say this. It's crazy accurate.

June 2, 2009 @ 9:16 PM


I have enjoyed this blog for a while now, when I first found itI spent too much time going through the archives..I really wish he would update more, darn book deal!

I always find is suprising how many people don't actually get it in the comments section.

June 2, 2009 @ 10:35 PM

James Edgar

FACK! there goes another days work wasted :)

June 3, 2009 @ 9:57 AM


Funny stuff! The website should be titled 'Stuff lame wimpy liberal urban white people like'. (I know, a bit wordy) Then it would be more accurate.

June 3, 2009 @ 12:33 PM


I have enjoyed this blog for a while now, when I first found itI spent too much time going through the archives..I really wish he would update more, darn book deal!

June 8, 2009 @ 8:43 PM

Steve Kasan

That is so true about The Wire. I know I love but I am always overwhelmed how much white folks love the show.

August 19, 2009 @ 3:53 PM


I hate how Lander refers to "the wrong type of white people". All the profiles are about faggot liberal white people who are ashamed of their own kind. As a proud white person I want to punch Lander in the face.

January 15, 2010 @ 4:16 PM

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