View Full Version : Hawaii gets upset by what New Jerseyans hav to put up with EVERYDAY

03-14-2009, 11:47 AM
I guess Hawaii is upset at something that New Jerseyans have to put up with very single day. They recognize how this can affect their image and tourism industry. I guess since NY has convinced everyone that the stuff that is said about New Jersey is true - no one gets upset or thinks twice about it. At the end of the article - you will notice that it mentions how there has been outraged at their portrayal of NY's Governor Paterson on the show being blind - but no mention that when they portray Gov Paterson - he's always making snide comments about New Jersey - which also affects OUR image and tourism.

'Saturday Night Live' Pokes Fun at Hawaii Tourism (http://travel.aol.com/travel-ideas/domestic/articles/Saturday-Night-Live-Pokes-Fun-at-Hawaii-Tourism)

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's lieutenant governor and some in the state's tourism industry aren't laughing over a "Saturday Night Live" skit they fear could deter people from visiting the islands.

The four-minute skit, an exaggerated portrayal of how annoying and frustrating it can be to deal with tourists, depicts a pair of disgruntled locals who sing and dance for mainland visitors.

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Hawaii Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona said he's worried the skit might hurt the state's biggest industry and plans to send a letter in protest to Lorne Michaels, the NBC program's executive producer.

The skit "went too far in its negative depiction of Hawaii's native people and tourism industry," Aiona said. He added he wouldn't let "such distortions go unchecked" when the economy is doing so poorly.

The sketch features Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who lived in Hawaii for a year in high school, and SNL comedian Fred Armisen as poorly paid entertainers serenading U.S. mainlanders at a restaurant. Wearing grass skirts, the two make the rounds of dinner tables while performing sloppy imitations of Hawaiian music and the hula.

When a woman gushes about being in Hawaii for her honeymoon, telling the entertainers "it must be fun working here," they respond sarcastically.

"Yeah, it's great. They make us wear grass skirts," Armisen says. "We make $7 an hour. It's a dream job."

Johnson tells one visitor: "It's a fun fact about Hawaii. Our biggest export is coffee. And our biggest import is fat white tourists!"

He later deliberately knocks over the drinks of a customer who points to the flower lei around his neck and makes a lame joke about getting "lei-ed."

Broadcast last weekend, the clip has since become one of the most popular clips on Hulu.com, a video site started by NBC Universal and News Corp.

The state's tourism liaison echoed Aiona's protest, telling The Honolulu Advertiser "it's offensive."

"Anything that pokes fun, or puts us in a bad light, our culture, the (Native) Hawaiian culture, that affects all of us," Marsha Wienert said. "It's distasteful, in my opinion. I find it very offensive."

The state is being battered by economic decline in the U.S. and in Asia. Tourism took a big hit in 2008, with a double-digit decline in the number of visitors coming to the islands.

But many others in the islands are laughing, or at least nodding knowingly.

"I thought it was extremely funny," said Augie Tulba, a popular local standup comedian who performs under the name Augie T.

"We think that way but we won't come out and say it," he said.

Jonathan Osorio, a professor at the University of Hawaii's Center for Hawaiian Studies, said the skit accurately addressed how many in the islands work for low wages and how Hawaiian culture is sometimes packaged for tourist consumption without concern for its authenticity. It also accurately showed how many tourists who visit are ignorant of these realities, he said.

"I thought the skit was not uproariously funny but was very much true to life in expressing how many people in Hawaii actually live with tourism," Osorio said.

"Saturday Night Live" has also drawn protest this season from advocates for the disabled for its parodies of New York Gov. David Paterson, who is legally blind.

All I have to say to Hawaii is - at least you are about 5,000 miles from the place, try living next door to them. This is a one time occurrence for you, think about how it would be for your image if SNL make comments and jokes about your state EVERY weekend. I think New Jersey has more of a reason to ***** about this than Hawaii does. of course that just touches the tip of the iceberg there. This what Time Magazine said about the Meadowlands and Xanadu which was picked up by news sites all over the web - "It rises out of the tidal murk of the Meadowlands — the polluted northern–New Jersey wetlands on which the sports complex of the same name was built some 33 years ago — like a garish species from a monster movie. What is that swamp thing?" Obviously they are still living in the 80's and know nothing about the Meadowlands and the way it is today, where it is the largest wildlife area in any metropolitan area and you can see egrets and herons and peregrin falcons. It's been cleaned up - but I gues being from New York - they don't want anyone to know this. I suggest they take one of the wetlands boat tours and see what the real Meadowlands is like.