50 Reasons Why Orange County is The Worst Effing Place in America


10. Despite being the setting for so many bad television shows--The OC, Laguna Beach: The Real OC, The Real Housewives of Orange County, even Storage Wars--we couldn't band together to save Arrested Development, one of the greatest satires to hit the boob tube EVER. Take it, Tobias!


9.
Developer Don Bren, one of America's richest men, owner of the Board of Supervisors for decades, destroyer of more open space than anyone since Galactus, still has the gall to put out brochures calling himself a "conservationist." And OC is gullible enough to believe it.

8. Disneyland says "jump"; we fling ourselves from a catapult.

7. The San Onofre nuclear power plant is just over the Orange County line--and how apt that it looks like a giant pair of fake tits?

6. The last place on Earth where the Spanish fantasy heritage still thrives. Aliso Viejo: not viejo. Lake Forest: No lake, no forest. Mission Viejo: No mission, not vieja. Buena Park...um, yeah.

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Sigh...

5. Local bands and actors always leave us when they become big. See: No Doubt, Zack de la Rocha, Steve Martin, Will Ferrell, Michelle Pfeiffer, etc.

4. When Olympic gold medal winner Sammy Lee tried to move to Garden Grove in the 1950s, residents teamed up to make sure he couldn't move into their neighborhood. A GOLD MEDAL WINNER.

3. "OC Weekly? Is that the Orange County Register?"

2. Richard Nixon is buried here. Zombie Nixon NOOOOOOOOOO...

And the number one reason why Orange County is the worst effing place in America...

1. No one will get this list, and we'll be accused of hating Orange County, of being racist, and told to leave. Ah, Orange County...

With special thanks to all Weeklings who gave me the better ideas for this list!

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kennyquinn
kennyquinn

lived in Huntington Beach from 1962 to 1976, I knew OC very well, it was great in the early sixties but the early seventies is when it started to change, that's why I left. The people started to get really bad, I'm sure there was and still is some good, regular people there, but they're few and far between. The biggest problem with the people now is there is just too many of them. You can't change OC, if you don't like it there, the only thing to do is move out. In 1976 I moved to a small rural town called Beaumont, 28 miles south of Palm Springs, what a difference, nice, small town people, but it's growing now (2014) but I'm retiring to a small town in Oregon so I'll be leaving California all together.

Dontsurfhere
Dontsurfhere

I love my part of Orange County and plan to stay until I can't afford the taxes in California any longer. I have lived here my whole life and have never heard of the OC Weekly. Is that the one that had or has all the weed ads in the back? I appreciate the beat down though as I always tell everyone not to move here because: 1 All the houses have earthquake damage-Can't sell if I wanted too. 2 It always on fire - the whole place 3 Its full of fags or its full of right wing religious assholes(Depends on who I am speaking too) 4 The weather is really bad I mean bad! 5 The pollution is killing people especially the nuke plant. 6 Gangs and crime are out of control and so are the cops 7 Air pollution blocks the sunsets 8 everything is really expensive


If this article and my efforts work out OK my kids may be able to buy a house here!

3hunna
3hunna

All the white girls are sluts doe dumb hoes will do anything fo coke

3hunna
3hunna

List of things I hate
1. oc
2.Greasers

3.Rockabillys

4.oc

5.Greasers

6.Rockabillys

7.oc

8.Greasers

9.Rockabillys

and also greasers I hate them I litteraly hope they all die!!!! MOTHA FUKA 


freeeeeddy
freeeeeddy

brilliant list, i couldn't have said it better myself. whoever wrote this is a genius. the only question is, what are you doing in OC? you surely won't last, you're way too brilliant for OC.

snap.ck
snap.ck

Everywhere has their extreme, granted.  But I do agree with OC being racist as hell see'ing that I was a victim getting hit in the back of the head and beat nearly to death unconscious by some 'christian skin heads' that claimed they beat me up because I was claiming to be a skin like them (the cop felt inclined he needed to tell me that even though it was inaccurate). Oh and lets not forget to mention the Seal Beach Police Department told me to get lost because I didn't know who the people were that beat me senseless from behind.  LIES because I did and I had to get the federal government on their ass and threaten their jobs and then they showed me pictures of the two kids that did it (They already knew).  Apparently on some radio station out in the boonies up north in Cali my family members heard over the radio that I was beaten and put in a hospital and they even reported that one of the kids fathers was a cop. NO ONE knew about that here in OC and it was not reported in any paper or anything until I took action myself claiming it to be a federal crime.  I should have sued their families homeowners insurance companies but that would be too OC for my blood.  LONG BEACH.

2222
2222

I dont understand why you all hate OC.. bunch of rich whites and bible thumpers?.. sounds like a SAFE place to be.. you can go drive to LA for culture.. or go risk your life in compton.. im planning on moving to OC.. thinking of costa mesa.. i can blow fireworks on the street and its close enough to westminster for work.. I want safe for my family before anything else.. any suggestions of what to areas avoid in OC?..

anonymous
anonymous

I grew up in Dana Point and I feel like this is dead on. People are bizarre down here. So ignorant and close minded it's not even funny. I remember it being a nicer place when I was younger and Laguna Beach was still gay, artsy, and weird. There was still open space to explore. Now it's just superficial families with a terrible drug problem that we refuse to acknowledge and too much money. 

ThisIsMe
ThisIsMe

wah wah wah!  I was born, raised in Anaheim, and left when i was 27.  This article had me laughing almost to tears because it's true in essence. I lived in irvine, aliso viejo, mission viejo, santa ana, orange, basically all over. I love it because I was raised there and had great childhood memories, the sad fact is it is not the same as it was when i was growing up.  The true locals leave and some weird breed moved in, that's another fact, for sure.  People, stop crying about this being full of hate, etc etc, if you grew up here you totally get it.  Have fun and laugh a little, that's what orange county is missing afterall, ya'll take things a little too seriously. =) peace out!


outpatient.band
outpatient.band

Orange County SUCKS, so DEAL with it, and NO I don' t live there !

beeeeeezling
beeeeeezling

No. 51: Grandiose self-important OC Weekly editor forgets to show up to deliver commencement speech at East Los Angeles Community and says he feels exactly as bad as he did that time he farted in seventh-grade science class, making sure all those disappointed grads and their families understand exactly how really, really bad he felt for them.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

and cops that constantly harras you and detain you for no fukin reason and a bunch of racist mother efers.

De Heer Engels
De Heer Engels

It's "f-ing", not "effing". Who the fuck started spelling it that way?

prattleonboyo
prattleonboyo

The truth always hurts.  And as evidenced by the apologists who disagree, I can see that the wound goes quite deep.  

Peyton Farquhar
Peyton Farquhar

LMAO. Those who apologize are obviously the douchenozzles, or know or are related to them, mentioned in the article.

Candace Lynch
Candace Lynch

It's designed to entertain you; laugh at our ridiculousness. It'll do you good.

Courtney Santos
Courtney Santos

Classic OC Weekly. If you can't discuss your community with a sense of humor, you shouldn't be reading it.

tfigueroa381
tfigueroa381

Gustavo, it's always someone that tries to hard to be cool or be liked, and in grade school we all found out that the one that sits and spews hate usually is the loser and not the cool kid. You write about hate in your article and how "the OC" is a horrible place because of it, yet your whole article is spewing hate. Full of falsehoods and couldn't be more wrong then right. I can say maybe two to four of your reasons was on point. Growing up in Santa Ana i was the only white girl ONLY ONE, on my block, in my class etc. I was the minority and I embraced it and have always been happy with that. I now love in south county cause I work hard and wanted to be safe not fake and hateful.

I really use to look forward to the OC weekly prints but ever since you have been given reign it's a hate filled orgy that I will sadly turn my back on....

Rachel Hradisky
Rachel Hradisky

@gerard Not sure what part of OC you are referring to as I am white and in OC and was the minority growing up. Maybe South County but definitely not in Garden Grove/ Orange/ Santa ana where I have lived the majority of my life.

Gerard Iribe
Gerard Iribe

If you're white it's pretty awesome, but if you're a minority then you best go somewhere else.

Wendy Richards
Wendy Richards

You should move if you HATE it. I think its beautiful! The Newport coast has lovely weather & clean air. Life is what you make it. Maybe you need a new job? New friends? Or a better support system at home? Whatever it is, the weekly has gone downhill with all the negativity and hate driven posts. I hope things start to look up for you. :)

Teresa Trujillo
Teresa Trujillo

You certainly haven't traveled much if you think OC is the worst place in America.

kenwebb
kenwebb

Funny stuff for sure! I am not an OC original and came from a town where it was rumored the sheep needed contraception to be protected from local High School boys,... But after being here for well over a decade,... I see all the points made in this article. I leave South OC where I live to experience racial diversity,...recognize that I love the toll road - and live in a place called Aliso Viejo. I do know the OC is full or racist, bigoted,..homophobic,..religious whack-a-doodles. The county has examples o the extremes of wealth or the complete lack there-of. The costs of living here are not cheap,....there are no buses nearby because they were banned, police and sheriffs alike have deplorable behavior and the good ones have to keep their mouth shut if they know what's good for them,.. But then,... I just described just about 100% of all America,.. Because in America you get the whole package,... And THE OC just does a better job of advertising it's more outlandish behavior,....all of it,...sadly noting that many actually enjoy perpetuating the worst behavior of The OC,...which includes some of the worst human behavior to be found. But it the defense of Orange County,... There is just as easily 50 things that are wonderful about Orange County,...take for instance a bowl of hot, fresh and tasty pho,....that stuff makes everything look better.

David Bolt Backer Parada
David Bolt Backer Parada

Look folks, try living in the Inland Empire. The OC is paradise compared to this sh**hole.

Mar Mar
Mar Mar

Brittany for Governor 2013!!!

Brittany Lieberman
Brittany Lieberman

Try living in Detroit, West Memphis, Flint, East St Louis or any third world. These cities/countries don't use the dismal word 'effing'. The privileged pretending to hate OC is a tired trend. OC has great weather, fun shit to do and a subculture of cool people. Yeah douchebags pepper the scene but for the most part it's fun if you want it to be.

snap.ck
snap.ck

@2222 Wow...bible thumpers? Really? If they were true believers they would be nomads and not cooped up in comfort and in contrast be in symbiosis with the earth.  It's NOT safe.  I was nearly killed there for having brown skin and I'm half white, but was not cool to the kids with full white skin when I was talking to a full blooded white girl that happened to have skinhead friends I wasn't aware of until I woke up with my eye socket and clavicles shattered. Fuck OC

ThisIsMe
ThisIsMe

@Josh English  how appropriate you correct someone's spelling considering your last name 'english'. haha  anyways it really is fucking.... i think?

snap.ck
snap.ck

@tfigueroa381 Sorry but it's not hate he is spreading.  It's sad truth.  I loved OC till I was almost beaten to death by 'Christian Skin heads' because I was speaking to a lovely white lady like yourself.    He has very valid points as far as what is excused and isn't excused in orange county.  They aren't sarcastic reasons either which he has written for instance when my best friend moved to Irvine I visited all the time with my 87 civic and I did get tickets that were not justified, just random.   I found it so hilarious actually at how accurate his accusations were that seemed silly but in fact just painfully true..

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@Rachel Hradisky huh? you're saying white is the minority?? that doesn't add up...

snap.ck
snap.ck

@Gerard Iribe Yup, pretty true.  They make it stick with a scar if you don't get it.

fuck714
fuck714

I must disagree this is one of the most beautiful brilliant articles I have ever laid my eyes on in the oc weekly it is 100% percent true some weak minded people cant handle the truth but it must be because they are from oc NO ONE can hide the fact that the oc is one of the most dangerous dirty filled with racist fag boys city in the world. You can not turn the corner with out looking at a STUPID ass fucker that thinks he is still in the 60s

snap.ck
snap.ck

@Teresa Trujillo It's the only place in america that everyone has a stick stuck up their butt and they take pride its a white stick not a black or brown one.   It's so bad even the black and brown people have to stick white sticks up their behinds.  The only people in the OC that don't do that that are in abundance are the muslims and well they have their own community within their community which is how OC likes it and so do they.  Its an introverted Cesspool of opiates and corporatized christianity that has nothing to do with spreading a word of god rather than spreading the word of fear and hate.  

snap.ck
snap.ck

@kenwebb OMG!!!! YOU SPEAK TRUTH! HAHAHAHA!!! I JUST REALIZED THATS THE ONLY THING I LOVE ABOUT THE OC! THE PHO!!! Especially the one off Brookhurst by the target!


fuck714
fuck714

ARE YOU SERIOUS I live in the beautiful IE oc is the worst place on earth compared to IE when I visited oc I could not believe what I saw in the FIRST park I visited I saw more that 5 homeless people throwing and chasing innocent teen WTF where do you see that I also saw 2 women shooting up heroin I mean come on not even in LA. My closest friend in the oc he would get harassed by motherfuckers that think they still live in the 60s. But thats just typical stupid fucking anaheim people. ana heim HA has the word ana in it Mexican decent and still so many fucking racist. Even the cops are WAY worse and corrupt in oc they plant things on you if you look mexican or black I mean wtf fuck oc and the stupid fucking people that live there. oc SUCKS DICK I feel blessed not to wake up in the disgusting ugly racist corrupt smelly maggot filled oc


LIVE IN THE IE FOLKS YOU WILL LOVE IT

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@Brittany Lieberman NO THANKS why the fuck would I want to live in any of those shit holes??

Hamlet
Hamlet

@sdfjhgsadfhgasldkjfg  In some north OC cities like Westminster, Garden Grove and Santa Ana, there is a very large minority population. So large that as a minority (Vietnamese) living in Westminster, I never felt like the minority until I moved to cities like Huntington Beach and Orange. 

questions6
questions6

@snap.ck I call bullshit on you, snap. you gonna say that ALL of the OC is stuck up? why you try living in NoCal. Or Seattle for that matter. They just did survey of the top 10 best places to live in California, and 8 cities for the OC made it. One of the main criteria was low crime rate. I will agree with the afore mentioned police departments, though. But like someone posted earlier, every place has its good and bad; its what you make of it.

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