Here’s a Houseism I take issue with:

“Oh God, I’m tired of hearing that argument. I don’t have to go to Detroit to know it smells.”

During a recent episode of “House,” Hugh Laurie as Dr. House made a blatantly denigrating reference to Detroit.  It was a real slap in the face.

The forums on the Fox site are buzzing about the quote by other viewers who had the same reaction I did. The references to Detroit are tired and overplayed. But this latest jab – that we actually STINK – is really off the wall.   Or is it?

When I think of stinky cities, I think of Manhattan, Chicago, Paris, London; ahhhh, the smell of fresh sewer steam competing with the aroma of curbside trash.

Perhaps in their wisdom, the House writers are actually paying Detroit a high compliment:  We stink, therefore we are (in this case, a great city!).

In any event, this isn’t the first or the last negative reference to the “D”.  Knowing that, perhaps it’s time for Detroiters to stop taking this crap and start to fight back.  A first step would be to ask Hugh Laurie to make a visit to Detroit and take a whiff of what we have to offer.  He may find out that you DO have to go to Detroit to know it smells – and that’s a really good thing.

— Lisa Vallee-Smith

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