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Reader: Most so-called hipsters are amazing and here's why

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A recent Denver Blogs post featured a Cafe Society reader comment railing against restaurants beloved by "hipster douchebags." The term definitely raised the hackles of many readers, both positively and negatively. Here's one take that decries the pejorative use of this particular H-word.

Melissa Fitzgerald Ball writes:

I am sorry, but what exactly IS a hipster? Anyone know or are we just lumping in a bunch of people under that moniker? Most of the people that I know that are called "hipsters" are the ones that are starting amazing businesses, creating beautiful art and opening great coffee houses and restaurants. They are some of the people that are making Denver a wonderful and exciting place to be. Don't judge a book by its cover and enough with all this hipster shit.

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21 comments
Mick Paul
Mick Paul

yes, and to an extent Westword helps facilitate that bad rap.

Cristian Iglesias
Cristian Iglesias

At the heart of it, they care about music and they care about art and a lot of them are trying to be artists. Others though, just like to look cool while watching a classic Transformers movie.

Erin Quinlan
Erin Quinlan

They have beard hair, they cook in restaurant kitchens, it falls into your food, you eat it, you are a hipster now too...beware

Melissa McKelvey
Melissa McKelvey

Hipsters are by definition followers, and not creators. They are also some of the biggest unconscious supporters of gentrification.

Sean Dolan
Sean Dolan

What about turning " indie rock" into easy listening for twenty somethings ?

Kev Markis
Kev Markis

Hipsters are a type underwear from Victoria's secret. What is going on.

Mark Hendryx
Mark Hendryx

Who cares? If you do, then you are putting other people in a box, and you clearly don't understand. Live and let live. People you describe that way are nothing if not nice people , who are generally respectful of everyone around them. Wish more groups were like that.

Casey Schaefer
Casey Schaefer

I don't know where they all came from? It's like I went to sleep one night and the next day when I went out and was surrounded by guys dressed like they were from the 1890's except they were wearing skinny jeans, riding fixies, had fake glasses, and the goofiest looking mustaches in the world. I'm not saying they are bad people, but damn, most are so annoying. From the mixologist to the guy who will only eat locally sourced food and let's everyone around him know all about it.

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

Summer's eve is a successful douche, what's your point?

Francisco Castro
Francisco Castro

2014 hippies is all they are. Take a dam shower and wear cloths that fit.

Eric Bueno
Eric Bueno

I think John Donohoe is an undercover hipster, with Level 2's under his skinny jeans!

John Donohoe
John Donohoe

Eric Bueno is a Hipster and he knows it right Sheri Duran and Joseph Vasquez but then again some say Joe is one to

Anthony Bbi Valdez
Anthony Bbi Valdez

I hate the H word I'm not a hipster but I get call it because I ride fixies fixed gear bikes I don't know wtf that's about but I know some so called hipsters and they are not D bags they are some very respected and respectable people stop with that H word already!

Jessica Taylor
Jessica Taylor

It's true. The hipsters I know (very few) are starting art galleries and own local businesses...

Jacob1982
Jacob1982

I would tend to agree with this. Real hipsters live on the fringe in cities like Detroit, Oakland, and New Orleans.

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