Today I went to Trader Joe’s, and there were two silver Priuses parked side by side in the lot, neither of them mine. There’s a silver Prius parked across from my house every day, also not mine. And then there was last Sunday after my yoga class. I walked back to my car, threw in my mat, got in, inserted the plastic key and tried to start the battery. It wouldn’t start. Know why? I was in someone else’s silver Prius. Mine was parked two spots up. Know what I think? This isn’t a trend, this is an epidemic.
That’s from the blog of Sharon Waxman, a former New York Times reporter and apparently a living, breathing cliche — Trader Joe’s, Prius, and yoga class in a single paragraph!
In a related post from Stuff White People Like (a blog poking fun of white urban liberals which, naturally, white people really like):
The Prius might be the most perfect white product ever. It’s expensive, gives the idea that you are helping the environment, and requires no commitment/changes other than money.
The Toyota Prius gets 45 miles per gallon. That’s right, you can drive 45 miles and burn only one gallon of gasoline. So somehow, through marketing or perception, the Prius lets people think that driving their car is GOOD for the environment.
It’s a pretty sweet deal for white people. You can buy a car, continue to drive to work and Barak Obama rallies and feel like you are helping the environment!