Friday, August 10, 2012

Greetings from Redneck Nation

Finding politically-correct targets for the trendinistas to hate, is getting more and more difficult.

How can they prove they are the cool trendies unless somebody is the inferior rube? And the usual suspects (the darker peoples, the disabled, the foreigners who dress funny)... well, all of that prejudice is starting to look really BACKWARD and ignorant, even to the trendies. Who'd a thunk it? This seems to have touched off a crisis in confidence. They can't even use a well-seasonsed, drive-by insult like "mouth-breathers" anymore, without somebody getting irate. It's getting harder and harder for them to find people beneath them to safely ridicule. WHERE ARE MY INFERIORS?--howl the trendies, starved to recognize their innate superiority.

Ah, yes. Of course. Their inferiors, as always, are south of the Mason-Dixon line. What Robin Williams once amusingly called the Manson-Nixon line, even though one of those men was born in OHIO (which is ABOVE the Mason-Dixon line, last time I checked) and one was born in California. But that's quibbling... let's not let the facts interfere with good anti-southern insults!

On my show tomorrow (which I taped yesterday in scenic Simpsonville, SC), we have a first-rate, top-notch, Daisy-rant in store! This was occasioned by the newest affront perpetrated against Redneck Nation, an unbelievable Reality TV show on The Learning Channel (!) titled, HERE COMES HONEY BOO-BOO. I didn't watch too much of it. Needed drugs after only five minutes.

This mocking, derisive show manages to combine hatred of southern rednecks (the only form of overt classism now openly celebrated in the USA) with hatred of fat people, exploitation of children and early-sexualization of girls, all in one happy little package. You can almost see the TV-executives, triumphantly tallying up all of these factors on their nasty fingers: heyyyyy, we got KIDS, we got a BABY BEAUTY-QUEEN, we got a FAT FAMILY of DUMB REDNECKS! (high fives all-round) Whoever thought up this show, got himself a raise and probably a promotion.

Already, the trendies are stampeding forth to "defend" the show against... well, against who? Do they understand that they like it because it was MADE FOR THEM? Apparently not. (The irony, it burns.)

I started thinking about the cultural geneaology of Ms Boo Boo and where she came from. Brainstorming with my ever-astute radio co-hosts (Consiglieri Gregg Jocoy and Occupy Greenville Mentor Double A Battery), we came up with a noxious stew of the murdered JonBenét Ramsey, the rise of awful Toddlers and Tiaras (where Ms Boo Boo was "discovered"), Dance Moms and other such shows, as well as Little Miss Sunshine. We then segued into Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy. Nobody is safe, once we start naming names!

To make matters worse, there is also a constantly-replayed show titled World's Dumbest Hillbillies. After thinking really hard, we could not come up with single other group of people that would rate such a TV show named after them, try as we might. (Any takers?)

I invite you to listen. Saturday at 9am, WFIS-AM, 1600 AM/94.9 FM on your local upstate radio dial... or on our radio blog.

~*~

Taking a short break for the neighboring Peach State.

Trivia time: there was once a minor-league baseball team actually known as The Atlanta Crackers. This came from the pejorative term, Georgia Cracker. (staying on topic!) My father-in-law saw the Atlanta Crackers play several times, and the first time I ever heard him comment about that, I was momentarily confused. (You say what?)

There was also a Negro-league team called the Atlanta Black Crackers, which is an even weirder team name.

See you when I get back. Keep the faith, redneck brothers and sisters.

15 comments:

JoJo said...

I was killing time watching TLC recently and saw the ad for that wretched Honey Boo Boo show. It's horrible. That whole channel has become crap. You should see the comments on the TLC FB page slamming the Honey BB show and TLC as a whole.

D. said...

""Honey Boo Boo?"

Honey Boo Boo??" aaaaaaaaa

High Arka said...

Almost all corporate entertainment is that bad, depending on perspective. This one would like to hear of more specific evils committed by that particular show.

Danny said...

It's because of the Civil War. Seriously. Southern rednecks are the decedents of people that were willing to tear the nation apart over slavery. As a result they are disengaged as an okay group to attack, mock, and make fun of.

Oh and race is a factor here too. Yeah I would have the luxury of ignoring what's going on on this show (and even joining in the laughter) because I'm black but I'm from the South too.

But yes this show is an indicator of how far TLC has fallen. I remember years ago when TLC was the only channel on tv that would actually show the graphic details of surgery (seriously they would show EVERYTHING except for genitals, breasts, and faces of patients). But now I don't even know how it can still call itself the "Learning" channel.

Politicalguineapig said...

Danny: I don't think it's just the Civil War. The South behaved pretty badly during the Civil Rights Movement.Tennesee is still trying to live down the Scopes Trial.
The Tea Party is huge in the South, and Louisiana and Texas continue to make their educational system worse. There's a lot of material for comics and satirists to use. I'm not saying it's entirely the South's fault, but they don't seem to be doing anything to improve their image.
To be fair, Kansas, Utah and Arizona and Alaska are also awful.

Danny said...

True it's not all about the Civil War, I was just reaching back in time to where a lot of today's stuff (including your mention of how some acted the civil rights movement) comes from.

And while what you say it true there is still a matter of collectively holding all white Southerners to that single image of the racist redneck that sports the Confederate flag.

High Arka said...

Political, the "Civil War" and "Civil Rights Movement" differences between the "North" and the "South" rest on faith that there was a huge difference in the way they were treated. If you believe that being an impoverished, marginalized, segregated piece of factory fodder in the north is significantly different in a moral sense than being a mandatory field worker in the south, then yes, the North was leaps and bounds ahead of the South.

Traditional American views of the "North" congratulate the North for being more refined and modern in their abuse of poor blacks (as well as poor whites), just as many people now think it's acceptable for Obama to "reluctantly" murder thousands of Arab children, while it would be completely different if Romney was the one giving the kill-orders.

In substance, though, is one really better than the other?

Politicalguineapig said...

High Arka: There were lots of differences between a factory worker in the north and a slave in the south. To start with, they didn't face being sold away from their families, they did get paid, and there were ways they could protest. Ever heard of strikes?

I realize that you and others of your generation will always believe work is slavery, but trust me, there's a difference.

Do you really think Romney would be 'reluctant' to push the button?
The guy who belonged to a religion that couldn't bring themselves to believe African-Americans were humans until long after the Civil Rights Movement was over? The man who has rabid racists supporting him?

Yeaaaaaah, tell me another one. The only difference I see is that Romney would kill more people.

Danny: I think the stereotype would die a quick death if Southerners stopped living down to it. There are far too many who do proudly wave Confederate flags, including a number of legislators.

Danny said...

Danny: I think the stereotype would die a quick death if Southerners stopped living down to it. There are far too many who do proudly wave Confederate flags, including a number of legislators.
I wager you don't mean that to say that the fact that some do live it make it okay to make the broad generalization. The stereotype would die off even quicker if the people that were applying it when it didn't fit would, well quit applying it when it didn't fit.

Politicalguineapig said...

Danny: A lot of people don't know about the South, don't have interests that would lead them down there, and as a consequence have nothing but stereotypes to inform them about the South.
To a lot of people, especially if they're homosexual or not religious, traveling to the South or interacting with someone from there would simply be too dangerous.
How do you get to know people who might decide killing you is a good idea? You don't. Thus stereotypes live on.

Danny said...

Danny: A lot of people don't know about the South, don't have interests that would lead them down there, and as a consequence have nothing but stereotypes to inform them about the South.
And who's responsible for that ignorance?

To a lot of people, especially if they're homosexual or not religious, traveling to the South or interacting with someone from there would simply be too dangerous.
How do you get to know people who might decide killing you is a good idea? You don't. Thus stereotypes live on.

Again this is playing the "some of them do that stuff so we're just going to pretend that they all do that" card.

If this were being done to just about any other group of people folks would trip over themselves to call them on it. I imagine that if I were to say that I shouldn't get to know black people because of their "urban/thug" culture but at the same time parrot the stereotypes of black people and then turn around say that it's on them to show me otherwise racist would probably be the nicest thing I'd get called.

DaisyDeadhead said...

PGP: To a lot of people, especially if they're homosexual or not religious, traveling to the South or interacting with someone from there would simply be too dangerous.

There are plenty of southern homosexuals (ever heard of Tennessee Williams or Truman Capote?) AND atheists. Apparently you think the two categories are mutually exclusive.

Are you TRYING to be as offensive as you can be, while visiting here? Or are you really as cluelessly overprotected, sheltered and naive as you let on?

Didn't I already ask you to go away in the last thread? (sigh) Is this an example of yankee manners or what?

Conseglieri said...

I think that what is being missed here is the realization that it is the effete liberal, the Hollywood Media which is selling the assailing of an entire culture because it's profitable to do so. We made the point on the show that when southerners produced media about themselves it was never nasty or contemptuous. Yes, southern writers were happy to discuss our failings, especially in the area of race relations, less so feminism, but they don't make a habit of mocking their neighbors.

What I object to is the smug way poor people, fat people, southern people, ugly people are used. From "The People of Wal Mart" to "Here comes Honey Boo Boo", corporate minor-league managers are using their positions to debase weaker segments of society to provide entertainment for the masses.

I don't know how many people are tuning in to these shows, and I love colorful characters. But Hee Haw was filled with colorful characters, and I never felt insulted by what I saw on the shows. Ditto Andy Griffith, Designing Women, or Roseanne, which not about a southern family was about a working class family.

Danny said...

I still don't understand how people thought this was going to be riveting edge of your seat television.

High Arka said...

The "people" who put out the reviews are employees of the same media corporations that produce the shows and sell the ad space. It's not surprising that the newspapers, radio, TV, internet reviews, and politicians all agree on how great their latest war/show/gadget is.