HuffPost’s “Coolhunting Weird Wisconsin” is the worst thing ever
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Wisconsin has been a popular destination for travel writers as of late, much to the delight of Wisconsinites who enjoy reading about places they already visit on a regular basis. From wayward Chicago writers hanging out at Bryant’s to British wordsmiths kicking it at the Cactus Club, our humble state has never been more popular with the out-of-towners. But the latest entry in the “Wisconsin is more than just cheese!” essay contest is far from flattering. Brace yourselves for a new segment from the Huffington Post called “Coolhunting Weird Wisconsin.”
So what makes “Coolhunting Weird Wisconsin” the worst thing ever? Part of the blame—well, let’s be honest, all of the blame—can be placed on the host, La Carmina. The less-than-spunky “coolhunter” is unappealing at best, especially if the whole “Gothic Lolita” thing makes you break out in hives. A glance at her many personal websites reveals even more loathsome buzzwords: “cosplay,” “alternative,” “goth,” “burlesque,” “youth subcultures,” “social media experts,” and “Huffington Post.” And then there’s the matter of “coolhunting,” a bullshit dot-com-era job that’s been dead and buried since 1996.
Most of the episode focuses on the justly weird Don Q Inn in Dodgeville, but it also includes a quick stop at that weirdest of weird Milwaukee destinations, The Iron Horse. Yup, an upscale hotel with a vague motorcycle theme is now considered “weird.” We can’t wait for part two, where La Carmina visits equally bizarre destinations like the Milwaukee Art Museum, Brady Street, and the Board Game Barrister at Bayshore Town Center.
Watch the video here.