Coming Out Watch – Special International Edition
Because the RNC is really getting underway today and there has been a lot of talk about how it is the Tampa Bay area’s “global coming out” (it’s not) and about selling the Tampa Bay area to the world (which should be a daily occurrence), we decided to go beyond seeing what foreign media was saying about the area in English. To be honest, we hoped to find that cool article about how great the Tampa Bay area is, but we didn’t see it.
We do not claim we read every website or checked every language. We just did a sampling in French, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese. What we found was that the media was not discussing the Tampa Bay area’s economy or beauty (except for its strippers). We have included some representative sample links below (we just aren’t going to link to every article that mentions the RNC – yes, that is exposure for Tampa, but is that meaningful exposure).
Discussing Tropical Storm Isaac and Strippers.
- Die Welt (Germany)
- El Mundo (Spain)
- And a whole lot more we decided were completely redundant, just like the news in the US on the same subject.
Discussing, not surprisingly the Republicans, security, and protests.
- Paris Match (France) here and here
- O Estado de S. Paulo (Brazil)
- El Periodico (Spain) has this article about protests. We thought this picture and caption from that article was noteworthy:
Some media are also running special report sections covering the convention – but they are not really about the Tampa Bay area. If you want to check some:
The actual discussions of the Tampa Bay area are almost nonexistent (unless you count strippers):
- Some pictures from Le Figaro (France)
Finally, as for exposure and coming out, this is from Paris Match in 2009 – the Super Bowl.
We will keep looking for links.