Stuff White People Like

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Author Christian Lander eating an everything bagel in Mar Vista, Los Angeles, California in 2008.

Stuff White People Like is a blog that takes satirical aim at the interests of North American "left-leaning, city-dwelling, liberal, white folk".[1] The blog, hosted by Wordpress, was created in January 2008 by white Canadian Christian Lander, who grew up in Toronto, Ontario[2] and graduated from McGill University in Montreal. Lander co-authored the site with his Filipino Canadian friend Myles Valentin,[3][4][5][6] after Valentin teased Lander about his watching the HBO television series The Wire.[7] It became popular very quickly, registering over 300,000 daily hits and over 40 million total hits by the end of September 2008.[5]

Although the blog "has spurred an outpouring from those who view it as offensive and racist", it is not about the interests of all white people, but rather a stereotype of affluent, environmentally and socially conscious, anti-corporate white North American hipsters, liberals, who typically hold a degree in the liberal arts.[7] Lander claims to be lampooning contemporary versions of yuppie culture, and jokingly refers to other classes and subcultures of white people as "the wrong kind of white people". Despite the site's satirical edge, Lander regards the people he describes with affection and numbers himself among them, describing himself as "a self-aware, left-wing person who's not afraid to recognize the selfishness and contradictions that come on the left."[7]

A book (Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions) was released on July 1, 2008.[8] Lander is listed as the sole author of the book,[9] although some of its content comes from the blog posts written by Valentin.[4][10] The book remained on The New York Times bestseller list for months.[11] Lander was reportedly given a $300,000 advance by Random House, the book's publisher.[12]

See also


  1. Sternbergh, Adam (2008-03-17). "Why White People Like 'Stuff White People Like'". The New Republic. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  2. "Special Canada Day Report: How Canada stole the American Dream". Macleans Magazine. 
  3. "10 things white people like". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Valentin, Myles. "mylosh". Stuff White People Like. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Rodriguez, Gregory (2008-02-25). "White like us". Los Angeles Times.,0,1952462.column. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  6. "'Sounds Like Canada". CBC Radio. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Lisa Respers France (2009-01-29). "Finding humor in 'Stuff White People Like'". CNN. 
  8. Lander, Christian (2008-05-06). "Stuff White People Like Book Cover Released". Stuff White People Like. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  9. Lander, Christian (2008). Stuff White People Like. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks. ISBN 0812979915. 
  10. Garrett, Diane (2008-06-11). "Book Review: Stuff White People Like'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  12. Salkin, Allen (2008-03-30). "Why Blog? Reason No. 92: Book Deal". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 

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