The BuzzFeed Article That Was Not Well-Received in Cincinnati
An article in BuzzFeed titled, 31 Ways to Tell You are from Cincinnati was mostly panned by residents of the Queen City. In fact, the article has only been rated one Grumpy Cat out of a possible five Grumpy Cats!
Buzzfeed community contributor Paul Franke penned the piece and highlighted what detractors have called outdated stereotypes.
"You'd rather go the long way thean drive through Over-the-Rhine," Franke writes as one of his 31 signs of being from Cincinnati. That one particularly struck a nerve with Cincinnati fans.
"You find it hard to stay humble when talking about how Proctor & Gamble for their start in Cincinnati," he continued, misspelling Procter, a fail that did not go unnoticed by the piece's detractors.
Another website, CincyWhimsy wrote a counter piece with the same title.
"CincyWhimsy likes to keep things positive. However, after reading today's dismal article on Buzzfeed: "31 Ways To Tell You're From Cincinnati," we decided to issue a cheeky, more accurate portrayal of Queen City natives.
The author, Paul Franke, a Twitter-proclaimed Cincinnatian, provided dated observances that echoed of someone who visited their cousin here. Once. In 2001. His credentials of "sitting by the pool and looking hot" as well as "joker/writer" have garnered him a low-ranking on Buzzfeed's funny scale."
The CincyWhimsy piece lists as its number one point that being from Cincinnati means you know how to spell Procter and Servatti (another local brand misspelled at BuzzFeed by Franke).
"The only reason you avoided driving through Over The Rhine was because the swell of 20,000 visitors to Washington Park spilled out onto four adjacent streets," the piece continues.
And where Franke took a friendly shot at Northern Kentucky in BuzzFeed ("You're not too sure about those folks living across the river in the Bluegrass state"), CincyWhimsy appreciates both sides of the river.
"You don't think twice about driving from Ohio to Kentucky, then back to Ohio, then to Kentucky," CincyWhimsy writes.
Read both pieces: