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Old 12-15-2012, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I find it interesting how people love to bash the South but yet act so interested in us.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:54 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I find it interesting how people love to bash the South but yet act so interested in us.
Mockery is a form of flattery. I don't think that most non-Southerners actively dislike the South although they often use it and what they perceive as its flaws as a foil for their own insecurities (i.e. 'I'm dumb, so I'll point out a dumb redneck.' or 'There is a lot of racial tension in my area so I'll bring up the legacy of slavery in the South.')

Mississippi and Alabama seem to take the brunt of it while Georgia and North Carolina are pretty well regarded outside the region these days.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:41 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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^ Well the Honey Boo Boo clan are from rural Georgia, and Georgia outside Atlanta is just as redneck as MS or AL.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:11 AM
 
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Not a reality show, but Portlandia is devoted to making stereotypical Portlanders look silly.

The New York Times used to write about every weirdness in Berkeley they could find, but they seem to have moved on to Portland too.

Ths South is in a funny position in American life. There is a lot of elitist mockery of the South. On the other hand, the South often plays a dominating role in national life. From 1988 to 2008 all of the Presidents, from either party, were from the South. Even today the Republican Party, which still controls the House of Representatives, is a heavily Southern party. It can feel like the South, or at least the Republican version of it, is dictating terms to the rest of the country on politics, on religion, on gun culture etc.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:13 AM
 
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Not a reality show, but Portlandia is devoted to making stereotypical Portlanders look silly.

The New York Times used to write about every weirdness in Berkeley they could find, but they seem to have moved on to Portland too.

Ths South is in a funny position in American life. There is a lot of elitist mockery of the South. On the other hand, the South often plays a dominating role in national life. From 1988 to 2008 all of the Presidents, from either party, were from the South. Even today the Republican Party, which still controls the House of Representatives, is a heavily Southern party. It can feel like the South, or at least the Republican version of it, is dictating terms to the rest of the country on politics, on religion, on gun culture etc.
Bush Snr wasn't from the South, and W was actually born in CT.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:56 AM
 
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^ Well the Honey Boo Boo clan are from rural Georgia, and Georgia outside Atlanta is just as redneck as MS or AL.
I think it's crazy that Honey Boo Boo was filmed just an hour or so away from the busiest airport in the world. Crazy to think about
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:17 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Enlightening thread! I always assumed Southerners were upset with the way they were portrayed in the media and on shows like Honey Boo Boo, that there was an unfair media stereotype from an elitist northern perspective that they were resenting. I guess that it captures something true about the place and so people like it. I really will have to visit the South some day and become acquainted with its rich history and culture.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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There are lots of hicks and rednecks up north too. It's just more fun to watch on TV when they have a southern accent.
And out west too. There are those types everywhere.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:59 AM
 
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Ever since Jerry Springer, but I just saw another one of those 'dumb southerners/hicks' reality show which was hilarious and so cheesy/obviously staged, and it got me noticing there are an awful lot of these shows that make fun of Southerners/rednecks. From Swamp People to Honey Boo Boo Child, it's like Southerners are one group you can have a laugh at the expense of without feeling guilty. They perpetuate a lot of ignorant stereotypes about the South, even if they contain some truth.

What do you think about them? Let us know if you're a Southerner or not. And have they had a negative impact on perceptions of Southerners/stereotypes?

Ignorance most certainly extends north of the Mason Dixon line if people believe everything they see on the 'History' channel lmao.
As a southerner, I'll put it this way --

"Jersey Shore" was a depiction of an authentic american lower-class culture. I never took it literally as a depiction of all people from NJ or the Italian-American diaspora residing in the northeast.

Now I haven't seen all of these shows about southerners, but I can say that, like Jersey Shore, at least some of them are accurate depictions of how some people living in the south actually behave. It doesn't bother me that people like this are documented , nor would I jump to conclusions that these shows are all necessarily scripted.

oh and here's one in the pipeline:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBntzmWkn2Q

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Old 12-16-2012, 07:12 AM
 
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Lol is that possible? They make regular rednecks seem like New York socialites.
oh it's definitely possible that honey boo boo and her family would be acting like this , even if there were no cameras. i would imagine that they've cleaned up a bit for the camera.

there's a huge % of southerners that are uptight and polite. then there's other subcultures -- rural black trailer parks, rural white appalachia, etc., that develop in isolation some really odd small-group behavior.
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