I finally got around to watching episode one. Maybe it’s because I’m not from the Northwest, but I see it more as poking fun at a sort of entitled “alternative” lifestyle available to those have the money to, well, check out the farm from where their food came. A lot of those stereotype apply in my conservative, Midwestern state too. Just hang out at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.
I get how Portlandia is supposed to parodying Portland in the 90s, which has become a symbol for the kind of uber-liberal, privileged, "new hippy," but most major cities, even in conservative "god bless us" America, have similar enclaves. I spent a good chunk of my twenties in one of those enclaves, and Portlandia is scarily accurate.