What’s so funny about making fun of Orlando?
In a recently released trailer for the upcoming film “Rapture-Palooza” starring Anna Kendrick (“Up in the Air”) and Craig Robinson (Darryl from “The Office”) as the Antichrist who wipes one city off the map.
“Oh, come on! Not Orlando” says one of the characters in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way, suggesting he’s not that upset our fair city is blown to smithereens.
And this isn’t the first time Hollywood has poked fun at the City Beautiful .
In “The Simpsons” episode titled “The Italian Bob,” Sideshow Bob tells a story where he is looking for a fresh start and a new home. While holding a knife, he covers his eyes and stabs the knife into the globe, which lands on Orlando.
“Not in this lifetime,” says Sideshow Bob.
And then there’s “Book of Mormon,” the Broadway musical written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the co-creators of “South Park.” In the Tony Award-winning musical that follows the adventures of two Mormon missionaries, there’s a running gag about Orlando.
“When I was nine years old, my family took a trip. To Orlando, Florida.,” says Elder Price, the clean-cut missionary who idolizes Orlando. “ And it was the most... wonderful, most magical place I'd ever seen. And I decided right then and there, "This... is where I want to spend eternity.”
So what is it about Orlando that makes it such an easy target for jokes?
Is it our wholesome Disney image? Our abundance of Olive Gardens? Or is it that the rest of America is simply jealous that we get to live in a place where we have both a Medieval Times and an Arabian Nights?
For all the jabs at Orlando, I guess it could be worse: At least we’re not Detroit.