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Q100’s Bert Show goes on campaign against the phrase ‘Hotlanta’

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I have noticed over the years that people who don’t live in Atlanta will often refer to our lovely city as “Hotlanta,” thinking they were cool. In fact, they always act as if they’re “in the know” by saying it. Truth is: we never say it. Ever. Except to make fun of folks who say “Hotlanta.”

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Earlier this month, I heard actress, D.C. native and cohost Taraji Henson (left, with Terrence Howard) say it at the Soul Train Awards, airing Nov. 29 on BET and Centric. I mocked her in my blog.

Anyway, Q100’s Bert Show has decided to take this important issue head on. They are asking their listeners and celebrities to tell outsiders not to say that term on penalty of eye rolls and sighs.

The morning show already told part-time Atlantan Janet Jackson to spread the word and she agreed to pass it on to Jermaine Dupri. Jeff Dauler saw Jordan Knight (New Kids on the Block) referencing the city that way in a Tweet and plans to straighten him out Friday when he comes in studio. They hope to get former Atlantan John Mayer to tell his huge Twitter following (2.6 million) to back off.

There’s a Facebook page about it, too, if you’d like to join.

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Here is a possible origin of the phrase, courtesy of an instrumental tune by the Allman Brothers dubbed “Hot’Lanta.”

150 comments Add your comment

Levelhead

November 18th, 2009
8:47 am

Its now called FATlanta. Yes FATlanta

yo yo yo

November 18th, 2009
8:52 am

now that’s funny, for real

Slam

November 18th, 2009
9:32 am

Actually, when I’ve heard the term Hotlanta, it wasn’t that they were acting like they were in the know, it was a sarcastic thing to make fun of Atlanta.

Neil

November 18th, 2009
10:01 am

In honor of this blog and the RHOA, let’s call it Holanta!

JTesla

November 18th, 2009
10:08 am

On the west coast I’ve only seen one reference to Hotlanta, a hoody for an Atlanta area company. The irony of having it on a hoody was not lost on me. I second the Holanta thought.

Wink

November 18th, 2009
10:49 am

Running out ideas over there at Q100???

mark

November 18th, 2009
10:51 am

Rodney: Your constant kiss ass attitude of writing about every breath this station takes is betraying you.You have been fooled by their faking everything on air for years now,and its so sad your bosses don’t see it or sadly don’t care what you write about.

Michael

November 18th, 2009
11:12 am

I don’t like Hotlanta either, but it’s certainly no worse than the more frequently used “The ATL”.

Renee

November 18th, 2009
11:14 am

I find it that none of the host of Q100 are from Atlanta but want to ban it? Hotlanta is one of the things that we are known for so why is it so important to ban the phrase. I am a Georgia native and why change it.

mark's dad

November 18th, 2009
11:16 am

You are a douchebag mark. :-D

Paula

November 18th, 2009
11:17 am

I’m a native Atlantan. The name Hotlanta is stupid. I agree – stop using it.

Ben

November 18th, 2009
11:18 am

I been in atlanta for 25yrs and it is hotlanta.Because it’s the hottest thing going.When you come you stay.When you vist you love it.so why not hotlanta.

Cuzzin Vinnie

November 18th, 2009
11:19 am

I like Hotlanta. It’s better than Nawleens, Frisco, Motor City, Chi-town, Windy City, Philly and several others. Lighten the crap up! I’m rolling my eyes at this whole blog.

Dood

November 18th, 2009
11:20 am

Just like New Orleans being called “Nawlins”…it’s stupid. Same with ATL or Hotlanta. Just call it what it is….Chocolate City.

Nick

November 18th, 2009
11:21 am

and another thing. People I hear using it don’t are not trying to act like they are in the know either. Really, some of these people need to get over themselves. I mean really, looking down your nose at someone bc they used the term Hotlanta.

mwk

November 18th, 2009
11:22 am

Looks like it’s spreading via Twitter:

@JeffDauler: Atlanta is NOT Hotlanta. We need to do away with that word. Forever! Please RT! #NoMoreHotlanta

Can't Believe I'm Replying

November 18th, 2009
11:23 am

…but the Allman Brothers have a song from the 70s entitled, “Hotlanta.” Doesn’t get more native than that.

profjock08

November 18th, 2009
11:23 am

I am told people in San Francisco hate being refered to as “Frisco” and in San Antonio it is bad form to say “San Antone”.

Hubiep

November 18th, 2009
11:24 am

“Hotlanta” is a hip term. Outsiders who use it are using it as a compliment and friendly gesture the same way they use “The ATL”. Don’t hate, appreciate!!

find something meaningful

November 18th, 2009
11:24 am

this is a waste of time

Ryno

November 18th, 2009
11:28 am

This is the smartest idea that has ever been developed on The Bert Show.

NSS

November 18th, 2009
11:29 am

Gag…not interested in this urban “hip” made up lingo.

Chris

November 18th, 2009
11:32 am

This is the only smart idea that has ever been developed on The Bert Show.

Nick

November 18th, 2009
11:33 am

Renee, its called them having way too much time on their hands. I still cant get over Ho thinking people are trying to be cool when they say it. He is evidently someone who spends his most of his time trying to look and sound cool. People probably just say it bc it is something they have heard the city called b4. Yeah, everybody is trying to impress you Rodney…lmao.

Class of '98

November 18th, 2009
11:34 am

Speak for yourself. I’m a native Atlantan and say “Hotlanta” all the time.

What I NEVER do is listen to the Bert Show.

Heather

November 18th, 2009
11:35 am

LAME! I totally agree with banning the term. It is a disease among the natives…

Mark's Mom

November 18th, 2009
11:38 am

I agree with your father, Mark, you ARE a douchebag!

Jack Sprat

November 18th, 2009
11:42 am

I am a 60-year old native Atlantan, grew up downtown during the ’60s and ’70s, followed the local music, etc., and Hotlanta was what WE Atlantans called it back then and is how we still remember the city. You “newcomers” or “transplants” or younger natives can call it what you like, but it will still be referred to as Hotlanta by people who have been attached to the city for decades. I don’t know where Rodney Ho is from, but obviously he doesn’t have roots back too far. And as far as calling it the “ATL”, it sickens me to think this great city has been reduced to being compared to a luggage tag at the airport. And while I’m on my soapbox, Shirley can take her “official song” and stick it where the sun don’t shine.

YAWN

November 18th, 2009
11:52 am

Wow…The Bert Show finally stopped being the Jerry Springer Show of radio with all their slutty relationship bits to conquer the terrible act of saying “HOTlanta”?!?!?!?!

I’m surprised. Usually all they do is have fame-wannabe women call in for advice on irrelevant and obvious relationship crap or family/friend drama. LIKE! TOTALLY! AND! OMG!!!

steverino

November 18th, 2009
11:52 am

What, as opposed to the ghetto and way-overused “the ATL?” Actually, Hotlanta is a throwback from the early ’70s and a little dittie from Little Feat called “Oh, Atlanta.”

“We make a day and how just you and me
But the music plays all night
They got the boogie band blowin’ that’s bound for hell
And when they get to movin’ they never stop
They just keep on playin’ that down home beat
They just keep on layin’ it down hot.”

And the audience would sing along “Yeah! Yeah! YEAH! Hotlanta! Got to get back you.”

Man, those were the days.

Ray Pugh

November 18th, 2009
11:55 am

Each member of the Bert Show should do the world a favor and A) slit their wrists, followed by B) jumping off Buford Dam…

Stu

November 18th, 2009
12:01 pm

Hotlanta it is

JimboDawg

November 18th, 2009
12:01 pm

should be called DAWG Atlanta or Mark Richt, Joe Cox Atlanta

LOL

November 18th, 2009
12:03 pm

None of them are from here… (california, NY, Florida and Tenn)..Hilarious how they try to speak for all Atlantns.. i don’t care about the Hotlanta term but they look stupid talking to Janet Jackson and celebrities about it.

ChopFan

November 18th, 2009
12:03 pm

I wish I got paid as much as Bert and his sidekicks to do something so meaningless. Who the hell cares?

devildawg

November 18th, 2009
12:03 pm

I use ‘the dirty’ or ‘the dirty dirty’ to describe Atlanta. Because with all the damn homeless people and thugs roamin around downtown, it is just that: Dirty.

thrustonhowell

November 18th, 2009
12:04 pm

Just get it over with and call it Blacklanta already.

brian

November 18th, 2009
12:04 pm

bert needs to get a life and stop acting like hes a somebody

Kelly

November 18th, 2009
12:09 pm

Hotlanta has been around for years. I remember buying a t-shirt in high school, probably around 91/92 at Stone Mountain with the phrase Hotlanta on it. However, that t-shirt was talking about the temps here. It even had a pin attached to it that was a thermometer. Fast forward to today…and it’s a word that is almost degrading to Atlanta. Let’s not use it a a gangsta or thug word of we have to keep it.

mike

November 18th, 2009
12:14 pm

the ppl on the bert show are not from atlanta.. they have been here like 6 or 7 years or something.. why are they our ambassador?

Nada

November 18th, 2009
12:15 pm

I call it MYLANTA.

BubbaDaBaller

November 18th, 2009
12:23 pm

Try the “Truthful” approach…the City “formerly know as Hotlanta, ATL, Terminus etc” shall now be know as “Corrupt, Decayed Infrastructure, Polluted, Inconsiderate (Cell Phone Call Delays AirTran Flt) and slow to answer 911 Calls”…it has a ring to it….”Atlanta 911, please hold”…

chellbell

November 18th, 2009
12:24 pm

This is the dumbest discussion.

Linda

November 18th, 2009
12:25 pm

Only rednecks use the term seriously!

Spacey

November 18th, 2009
12:26 pm

I never listen to that morning show and would not consider them an authority on anything Atlanta.
I met one of them at a bar in the Highlands several years ago. He hates this city and filled our table in on his opinion of the “ugly city” during his drunken rant.
What’s wrong with Hotlanta or ATL? Much better than that “Opening Day” stuff the city came up with several years ago.

WTH?

November 18th, 2009
12:28 pm

Jack Sprat first she has to pull that stick out!

just thinking...

November 18th, 2009
12:29 pm

Who is Bert? Does he have a show?

atlpaddy

November 18th, 2009
12:32 pm

I say we go back to calling it Marthasville, or Terminus for that matter. And yes, I am over 114 years old.

Annoyed

November 18th, 2009
12:32 pm

Bert Weiss is the most annoying “wannabe” in the city…….wait…Jimmy Barron is back on the air. Bert Weiss is the second most annoying person in Atalnta.

WTH?

November 18th, 2009
12:34 pm

NSS…isn’t GAG urban “hip”? you could’ve said vomit or gagging? hmmm. I guess you ment to say you don’t like “THAT” particular urban “hip’ lingo???