Netflix Show 'House of Cards' Takes Swipe at Sarasota

Kevin Spacey's character knocks "McMansions in Sarasota that fall apart in 10 years" in an episode of the new political drama.

The new political drama "House of Cards" that debuted on Netflix over the weekend takes a swipe at Sarasota and its "McMansions," according to Sarasota Magazine.

Star Kevin Spacey, who portrays a "ruthless, manipulative congressman" and makes the unflattering mention in the series' second epsidode, as Sarasota Magazine explains:

Speaking contemptuously of a former staffer who left to become a highly paid lobbyist, Spacey said the staffer didn’t appreciate the difference between money and power: “Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that falls apart after 10 years,” he said. “Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries.”

"House of Cards" is Netflix's first venture into original programming. The first season was made available for streaming in its entirety Feb. 1.

What's your reaction to Spacey's character's comments about "McMansions" in Sarasota? Post a comment below and join the conversation.

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RAJ (Bo) McMerritt February 06, 2013 at 11:59 AM
not to far off about Sarasota
Deborah Weatherby February 06, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Hmmm, as a professional builder NOT committed to mcmansions, the modern day equivalent of "status" and not by a long shot a testimony to green building practices or architechural beauty, I agree with the kevin spacey,s comment. We have watched many beautiful of the Rudolf era torn down to make way for those mcmansions, going for millions...and just three feet away from their monstrous neighbor. It further addresses the lack of foresight on maintaining historical buildings or even more so, the encouragement of building modern type housing that would have better suited the original theme of Sarasota and the Schools of Wright and Rudolf...but money talks and history is the victim..
redhededkewty February 06, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Still, that's not nice.
Mme. d'Estape February 06, 2013 at 07:37 PM
What is needed is a social/economic history of Sarasota that helps us understand how what was once a refuge for some fairly serious architects, painters and writers has become a playground for a set of empty-minded brats with loud toys.
jean kirshenbaum February 06, 2013 at 08:16 PM
The character's comment could be applied to just about any community in the country. I don't take it personally. The nation should take it as a group.
Mme. d'Estape February 06, 2013 at 11:56 PM
We notice some excellent comments are now missing. Censoring? Patching? Sucking up?
Steve Murray February 07, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Also as a contractor in Sarasota who is committed to building large, quality, custom waterfront houses, my views are two-fold. Prior to the recession investors were putting up large houses quickly and poorly. Now that homes are being designed and built for homeowners, the ability to design architecturally correct homes to a high quality is what we are seeing. Add this to the fact we we build to the highest and strongest standards in the US due to hurricane code, I have to strongly disagree with Mr Spaccy's comment. I don't comment about his work, so I take offence at him passing comment about our town or our construction.
Mme. d'Estape February 07, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Mr. Murray: Mr. Soupacey is an actor, speaking lines of dialogue composed by an author for a fictional story told in a new TV series. Try to keep your confusion of reality and fantasy separate. And try not to use comment threads for self-serving ads. Thx.
Steve Murray February 07, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Thanks for the clarification Mme.


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