In Hollywood, Living Car-Free Means You're a Loser
Hollywood is often accused of stereotyping a culture, but it's usually a race thing. A cyclist, however, would argue that no matter the color or their skin or how thick their wallet is, riding the streets of Los Angeles means you will be treated like a second-class citizen and be discriminated against.
In analysis published last week on Slate, writer Tom Vanderbilt -- you may know him from his book Traffic:Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) -- explores Hollywood's attitude towards the car-free, including cyclists. "Once we all buy into the idea that the car is freedom, not having a car reads as a form of clingy, needy dependency," he wrote, channeling the industry.
Vanderbilt puts cyclists portrayed in movies into two categories: nerds and sexual deviants. For example, nerds include Napoleon Dynamite, Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day, man-children Pee-Wee and Steve Carrell in The 40-Year-Old-Virgin. Sexual deviants include pedophile Kevin Bacon in The Woodsman, Jackie Earle Haley in Little Children.