Saturday, September 15, 2012

Honey Boo Boo and the Decline of Western Culture

 I come in from stirrin my mash the other day and my wife/goat was watchin some damn show called :Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

 The basic premise (as best as I could tell) is that there's this fat redneck family that has a fat redneck kid that they put in them little girl beauty pageants. (and you can already tell she's gonna be a heifer when she makes it to high school).  The entire family is white trashier than free meth fridays at the truck stop so it's apparently just a "let's laugh at the rednecks" type of sideshow.

here's a clip:


 Now this ain't a good natured look at southern folks ala The Andy Griffith Show,The Beverly Hillbillies or The Dukes of Hazzard,  hell it ain't even a glossed over version of southernness like Designin' Women or Evening Shade.  Nossir, this here is exploitation all the same.

 When other folks derive self amusement and comfort by watching the exploits of those they think are 'beneath them" ain't that a sign that things ain't goin well?   I mean, have we let yankee culture override our sense of southern pride so much that we are joining in when they call us retards, rednecks and dumb,ignorant white trash?   Ain't that just lettin them win?

 I don't know bout y'all, but i myself, have always believed in havin a healthy sense of humor and not taking yourself seriously,  but this crap crosses the line. It's perpetuating the stereotype that all us southern folks ain't right.... but we are, hell, if it weren't for the south, what culture would the USA have?  George Plimpton and Air Supply?  You wanna live in that world?

see ya at the fishin hole!!

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