October 21, 2006

Seattle goes Queer Eye Style

Seattle has a new tourism slogan: Metronatural

When Washington state announced its new tourism slogan last spring, Pike Place Market vendor Kenny Telesco was willing to give it a chance. He practiced saying it with "jazz hands" and asked tourists to "SayWA" as they posed for photos. But he's not sure he can stomach Seattle's new tourism slogan, unveiled Friday in 18-foot-tall letters atop the Space Needle: "metronatural."

"How do you use that in a sentence?" Telesco asked. "'Welcome to Metronatural.' ... It's an airport where you can buy organic bananas."

Others suggested "metronatural" evoked an urban nudist camp and speculated about whether it would last longer than "SayWA," which the state dropped recently because it failed to catch on.

Let's hope it lasts a shorter time than the metrosexual fad, mm'kay?

Posted by caltechgirl at October 21, 2006 03:51 PM | TrackBack

Metronatural - *sigh* - well that figures. That'll bring the tourists just flocking in. Makes me want to head to... California. *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at October 22, 2006 08:05 AM

Why do states need slogans anyway? It seems almost like some kind of a nerdy kid calling himself or herself by some Rilly Cool Nickname because they think it will make them cool.

I laughed out loud when I heard "metronatural" on the television. Doesn't Washington realize that the rest of the country is pointing and laughing?

Posted by: ricki at October 23, 2006 07:27 AM

Not only is it bizarre, but it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue! They need to hire a better PR company.

Posted by: Marie at October 23, 2006 10:24 AM