Debunking “The 10 WORST PLACES in CONNECTICUT explained” viral video

Several years ago, a video claiming to count down the “ten worst places” in Connecticut went viral. It played heavily on prevalent stereotypes and many have criticized its lack of accuracy. Mieum Media explores the video’s alleged methodology, its creators, and more!

Over the next few weeks, Mieum Media will be publishing interviews with elected officials in each of the ten cities targeted by the video. Stay tuned!


Derby, New London, Waterbury: 

Meriden, New Britain, New Haven:

Bridgeport, Hartford, Willimantic, Windham:


Citations: 

#1: KRISTINE. “A Night Like Tonight (Featuring MPM Soundtracks).” YouTube, 19 Nov. 2017, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwKnDmYF_dA.

Image appears at 0:07 in the original clip. It seems to be album artwork, not a picture from Connecticut.

#2: “歐巴馬也無解?美國有色人種的巨大經濟弱勢.” 信傳媒, 15 Aug. 2016, http://www.cmmedia.com.tw/home/articles/796.

Appears at 0:19 in the original clip. The image appears depicts Chicago, not Connecticut.

#3: “Tribune Tower (Oakland).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribune_Tower_(Oakland). Accessed 30 Mar. 2019. 

The image on screen at 0:26 appears to be taken from Oakland, California – not Connecticut.

#4: Although I could not find the original image, based on the license plates, it appears to be taken in Ohio. A reverse image search suggests it may have been taken in Cleveland.

#5: Torbakhopper. “ghetto land adventure : oakland, california (2015).” Flickr, 21 Aug. 2015, flic.kr/p/xPZDs3.

Image at 0:29 was taken in Oakland, California – not in Connecticut.

#6: “Paddington (Queensland).” Microburbs, http://www.microburbs.com.au/Qld/Brisbane/City-of-Brisbane/Paddington-(Qld).

The image that appears at 0:33 in the original video was actually taken in Queensland, Australia – not in Connecticut or even in the United States.

#7: Jessen, Leah. “New Food Stamp Bills in Wis. Aim to Curtail Welfare Fraud.” The Daily Signal, 4 Nov. 2015, http://www.dailysignal.com/2015/11/03/new-food-stamp-proposals-in-wisconsin-aim-to-curtail-welfare-fraud-and-abuse/.

The image that appears at 0:34 in the original video was taken from a conservative news website, and was originally taken in Wisconsin – not in Connecticut.

#8: The image that appears at 0:36 was taken in Toronto, Canada as indicated by the writing on the police car.

#9: Hobvias sudoneighm. “Ryerson Public School Playground.” Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/striatic/470233447.

The image that appears at 0:37 in the original video was taken in Toronto, Canada – not in Connecticut or even in the United States.

#10: Ryan, Shane. “The Fake News Pipeline: How A Small-Time Clickbait Farmer Is Spreading the Gospel of Big Oil.” Paste Magazine, 7 Sept. 2017, http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/09/the-fake-news-pipeline-how-two-small-time-clickbai.html. Accessed 17 May 2019.

#11: Hudnall, David. “These Guys Discovered One Weird Trick for Building a Clickbait Empire.” INDY Week, 27 Apr. 2016, indyweek.com/news/guys-discovered-one-weird-trick-building-clickbait-empire/. Accessed 17 May 2019.

#12: Johnson, Nick. “An Introduction to HomeSnacks: How in the World Do We Rank Places to Live?” YouTube, 28 Oct. 2018, youtube.com/watch?v=P0wO7fRoIRU. Accessed 17 May 2019.

#13:  HomeSnacks, http://www.homesnacks.net/. Accessed 17 May 2019.

#14: Johnson, Nick. “The 10 WORST PLACES in CONNECTICUT Explained.” YouTube, 11 Oct. 2016, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSdLEQv3zrQ. Accessed 17 May 2019.

#15: RoadSnacks, http://www.roadsnacks.net/. Accessed 17 May 2019.

#16: James, Nick. “These Are The 10 Worst Cities In Connecticut For 2017.” RoadSnacks, 20 Apr. 2019, http://www.roadsnacks.net/worst-places-to-live-in-connecticut/. Accessed 21 May 2019.

#17: “Wayback Machine: “The 10 Worst Places To Live In Connecticut For 2019 – RoadSnacks”.” web.archive.org/web/20151101000000*/https://www.roadsnacks.net/worst-places-to-live-in-connecticut/. Accessed 21 May 2019.

#18: US Census Bureau. “2017 Data Release New and Notable.” Census.gov, 4 Feb. 2019, http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/news/data-releases/2017/release.html. Accessed 21 May 2019.

#19: “Crime in the U.S. 2017.” FBI, ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2017/crime-in-the-u.s.-2017. Accessed 21 May 2019.

#20: “RoadSnacks In The Press.” RoadSnacks, 13 Aug. 2015, http://www.roadsnacks.net/roadsnacks-in-the-press/. Accessed 21 May 2019.

#21: Hedgpeth, Dana. “D.C. is the snobbiest city on the East Coast, a report says.” The Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2015, http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2015/11/11/d-c-is-the-snobbiest-city-on-the-east-coast-a-report-says/. Accessed 21 May 2019.

#22: Cheng, Amy. “New Haven 7th in Misery Ranking.” Yale Daily News, 10 Dec. 2015, yaledailynews.com/blog/2015/12/10/new-haven-7th-in-misery-ranking/. Accessed 21 May 2019.

#23: Benson, Adam. “Website Ranks Norwich in Top 10 of ‘drunkest’ in Connecticut.” The Norwich Bulletin, 1 Oct. 2015, http://www.norwichbulletin.com/article/20150930/NEWS/150939937. Accessed 21 May 2019.

#24: “I’ll Have a Reuben Please.” TeknoAXE, 24 Feb. 2017, teknoaxe.com/Link_Code_4.php?q=1189. Accessed 21 May 2019. 

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#25: “G-Funk Pac.” TeknoAXE, 2 Feb. 2015, teknoaxe.com/Link_Code_4.php?q=766. Accessed 21 May 2019.

File originally posted online under an applicable Creative Commons license.

#26: Outro Song: “Fill Me In” by Atwaters featuring Yeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW0iKqFMoxo Used with artist’s consent. The contents and views of this video may not necessarily be shared with the artist.