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Old 08-07-2007, 06:42 PM
 
Location: dayton
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why does kentucky always gets bashed on
as kentuckians are always being sterotyped as hicks, rednecks, etc.
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Old 08-07-2007, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I dunno. Could be because of us being portrayed that way in movies, etc.
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Old 08-07-2007, 07:20 PM
 
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As with most stereotypes, there is a little bit of truth and a lot of exagerration.
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:16 PM
 
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Don't care really. Most people that have that perception are those who rarely travel outside of their little world and don't know any better. They rarely know anything about the rest of the country and it always makes me feel more intelligent when speaking to them when it is supposed to the opposite - ha! I actually had a person (from a west coast state) once ask me if KY was in the middle of the country and I said "Oh yeah, right next to Kansas."

BTW, just for the record, you can find rednecks/hillbillies in all 50 states. Just drive a ways outside of the metro areas.
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Old 08-08-2007, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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I think this stems from very old portrayals of Kentucky all being backwoods hillbillies that were uneducated, very poor, and marrying their cousins.

Some people think it's a shame that people believe this of Kentucky.. but at the same time.. it's almost a blessing, as I believe that is what has helped keep this state less populated and therefore preserved some of it's uniqueness, lower crime rate, cheaper cost of living, and overall friendliness and kindness of it's residents. Our secret is leaking out though, and while I sure promote people to move here and enjoy what we have, it sort of IS a double edged sword... for once the trickle truly begins.. it's only a stonesbreath away from the flood! :/
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Old 08-08-2007, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Far Western KY
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why does kentucky always gets bashed on
as kentuckians are always being sterotyped as hicks, rednecks, etc.
Because sadly there are far more idiots in the world than there are those with intelligence. 99% of the people that think those things have never been here, and that's a good thing.
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Old 08-09-2007, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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It all depends on who you hang around. I have met some great people in Kentucky and I have also met some real A**holes. But, that could go for every place I have lived. I would think Kentucky is no better or worst then the rest of the country.

Personally I think KY is ok, I have lived here for 4 years and it's OK, I will not retire here (North Carolina for me), but it's not a bad place overall.
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Old 08-09-2007, 08:49 AM
 
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I mentioned to my mom that we want to move to KY and she said "down with the hillibillies?". I said Yea, I am sick of the hillbillies in Maine, need a change. Unfortunately,I think every state gets a sterotype.
Maine is thought to be full of fisherman barely making a living, and that we all say "Ayuh" and wear flannel year round, and that we get snow year round also.
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Old 08-09-2007, 09:23 AM
 
Location: College Station, Texas (16 years)
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I mentioned to my mom that we want to move to KY and she said "down with the hillibillies?". I said Yea, I am sick of the hillbillies in Maine, need a change. Unfortunately,I think every state gets a sterotype.
Maine is thought to be full of fisherman barely making a living, and that we all say "Ayuh" and wear flannel year round, and that we get snow year round also.
You mean it's not really like that??? There go my retirement plans...What am I going to do with all of these flannel shirts?

Can anyone think of a state WITHOUT a stereotype? Let's list 'em... I'll start with California (my home state).

California: Home of the Fruits and Nuts, Surfers, Hippies, movie stars, gays, and Gov. Arnie (Like, omigod, I'm getting homesick...).
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Old 08-09-2007, 09:30 AM
 
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You mean it's not really like that??? There go my retirement plans...What am I going to do with all of these flannel shirts?

Maybe send them to Santa Claus? LOL

Maine....flannel shirts, snow year round, gigantic mosquitos, cheap lobster.
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