And on the stories that should not remotely be of national interest front: By now, you may have heard that the whole “Justin Bieber got his laptop stolen in Tacoma” thing was just a hoax aimed at promoting the release of “Beauty and the Beat,” the Biebster's new video with Nicki Minaj.
A harmless PR stunt, right? Apparently, not based on the online outrage expressed by a few locals. Hey, we've worked hard to overcome that “gritty Tacoma” stereotype Seattleites keep pinning on us. And we don't appreciate the Biebernator making us look like a bunch of frickin' frackin' kleptos! Are you with us people?!? Are you with us???
Here's a brief cross section of the outrage, along with a couple of smart-alecs who are apparently not fond of Biebs or Tacoma:
And based on some of the reaction we're seeing on line, a few gritty Tacoman's don't appreciate their fair city being disparaged. Here's a sampling of the virtual fallout:
JB Sucks (at Eonline.com): “really!?? You made my beloved town of Tacoma suffer taunts from fans and possible future performers not wanting to perform at the dome for lack of security.... all for a hoax?? What a jack a$$”
Willie (KOMONews.com): “Hopefully some harm will come to him soon.”
Michael Bradley (SeattlePI.com):“It's only fair......His "music" has made victims of us all.”
Twitter @seattleweekly: “So it was all a hoax ... Tacoma to Bieber: Hey, @#%@ You!”
onairjake (SeattleWeekly.com) Get over it. Tacoma is trash. I think it's hilarious. I actually believed it because he was in Tacoma. Now if he did this to Seattle... a city with more class, I might think different.
James Uhavetoask (SeattlePI.com): “I am surprised anyone will get near him with the Tacoma Aroma stinking him up. He already stunk anyway I guess. Tacoma is one armpit of Washington, the other is Everrott.” [Note: We are not changing people's spelling.]
[Editors note: OK, so those last two weren't exactly Tacoma boosters. Well, hater's gonna hate.]