Is Idaho the ‘New North Hollywood’?
Henry “The Fonz” Winkler went fly fishing in June on the Snake River in eastern Idaho.
Kim Kardashian tried wakesurfing during a Fourth of July trip with her family to Lake Coeur d’Alene.
“Harry Styles took in a round of golf in the great outdoors of Idaho, or as it’s now known ... New North Hollywood,” TMZ reported a week after the Kardashian visit.
Idaho, the “New North Hollywood”?
Sun Valley has long been a playground for the rich and famous, including Ernest Hemingway, Clint Eastwood, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Kennedys. Actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore raised their three daughters in nearby Hailey.
Still, it’s news when retired pro basketball start Shaquille O’Neal parties in Coeur d’Alene on New Year’s Eve, as he did to ring in 2017.
It turns out that The Fonz is not new to Idaho.
Winkler has been fishing in Montana and Idaho for 25 years, he told Mo Rocca in an interview for CBS Sunday Morning that aired in January. Rocca interviewed the 71-year-old actor in a fishing boat on the Snake River.
The Kardashian visit brought Coeur d’Alene under some scrutiny from the celebrity-tracking website and the British tabloid, The Daily Mail.
“The scenic area, which is super conservative with 66% voting Trump in the 2016 general election, has become a favourite with celebrities such as Adam Levine, Wayne Gretzky and Harry Styles,” the Mail reported.
The staff of TMZ chatted about Kardashian and husband Kanye West’s choice of vacation spot, with some expressing surprise (“of all places, Idaho”).
“It’s weird,” host Harvey Levin said.
“Why?” asked a staffer.
“Coeur d’Alene is so conservative, and they had White Supremacist issues there, KKK issues there ...” Levin said.
“When you go on vacation, do you look up the political views of the place?” another staffer asked.
The subject line of the TMZ video described Coeur d’Alene as “the scarily conservative vacation hotspot for liberal Hollywood,” while another called it a “racist retreat.”
Some Idahoans were appalled by TMZ’s characterizations.
With just 12 percent of all voters registered as Democrats, there’s no question that Idaho is a red state. Only two cities have larger populations of liberal voters than conservative voters — Ketchum and Lapwai.
But Coeur d’Alene, which has just over 50,000 residents, is one of the 20 bluest, or liberal, cities within the state. Also, keep in mind that 35 percent of all registered voters are unaffiliated.
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