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Watch: Is This 'Portlandia' Nerd PSA the Latest Salvo in the 'Fake Geek Girl' Wars?

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire January 24, 2013 at 8:52AM

Has self-proclaimed nerdiness gone too far and stripped meaning from the term? In this sketch from the hipster-skewering Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein comedy series "Portlandia," currently in the midst of its third season on IFC, a man offers up an informative message from the "Portland Nerd Council." "A sexy girl who went and saw a second week screening of 'The Avengers' is not a nerd," he says. "Please get real -- if you're not a nerd, please don't call yourself one."
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Has self-proclaimed nerdiness gone too far and stripped meaning from the term? In this sketch from the hipster-skewering Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein comedy series "Portlandia," currently in the midst of its third season on IFC, a man offers up an informative message from the "Portland Nerd Council." "A sexy girl who went and saw a second week screening of 'The Avengers' is not a nerd," he says. "Please get real -- if you're not a nerd, please don't call yourself one."

It's funny and deliberately awkward, but we have to ask: Plaintive cry of a member of an oppressed group who feels his identity has been co-opted? Or latest salvo in the "fake geek girl" dust-up currently consuming fan culture? You decide:


This article is related to: Television, TV News, TV Videos, Portlandia, IFC





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