Tonight, I'm throwing a big white spotlight on Stuff White People Like, the hit blog by fabulously funny writer Christian Lander.
Bumbling fool that I am, I emailed Christian with a few questions when I first stumbled upon his blog. Little did I know, Christian had already stirred up quite a bit of buzz (and a fair bit of controversy). If I'd known NPR was on the case (not to mention millions of bloggers and a few other podunk news outlets), I would have left the poor guy alone. (Or at least asked more intelligent questions).
BM: I really admire the work you're doing in the field of White People. Why is this work so important to you?
CL: I think it is important to examine this often underlooked subset of society. They are very well represented on television, in film, in music, in literature, in the news, but I feel as though they were being neglected when it comes to blogs.
BM: What are your long-term research goals?
CL: My long term research goals are to receive a fellowship from either Duke or Dartmouth. Perhaps Sarah Lawrence.
BM: Your site does not reveal its writer's identity. Some readers have suggested that you are too insightful to be white and that you are probably Asian. Care to comment?
CL: I suppose putting pictures of myself on the blog, and linking to a flickr blog that has photos of my life, and doing interviews and putting up an email address for people reach me are all pretty secretive.
BM: (So he's still not going to tell us! Sly, that one.)
CL: I'm white, even worse, Canadian. Even worse? Ex-pat Canadian.
BM: How many white people email you each day to suggest more hilarious things that white people like? Are any of those suggestions funny?
CL: Some are, some aren't. It's a mixed bag. I would prefer if people stopped suggesting Mayonnaise. Undercover Brother covered the subject better than I ever could.
BM: When are you going to write about Barrack Obama? White people really like him.
CL: See Post 8, moron. (Editors note: He didn't really say that. But he should have.)
BM: White people also like gelato. What is your favorite flavor of gelato? If you are black, just write N/A.
CL: Mint Chocolate Chip probably, but if presented with "experimental"
flavors like they have a Scoops in LA, I would probably take one of those.
BM: What other blogs do you think I, as a white person, would like?
What Would Tyler Durden Do
Said the Gramaphone
*ist (depending on your city)
I Can Haz Cheezburger
Christian, you're a good sport, man. Thanks for agreeing to my hard-hitting interview. As a white person, I really like you.