Parody Tourism Videos Tell Serious Truths About Cities

A meme of videos that poke fun at cities actually serve as a great way for citizens to point out the shortcomings of their communities.


In 2009 you may have seen this "hastily-made" tourism video for Cleveland as it made the internet rounds. This very funny and very obviously satirical look at the city's shortcomings by Mike Polk features lyrical gems like "come and look at both of our buildings" and "this train is carrying jobs out of Cleveland" over dismal footage of the city's downtown. Polk followed this up with "Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video: 2nd Attempt" in which he lobs more zingers like "under construction since 1868" and "at least we're not Detroit."

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