Oppression in cartoons, have you noticed?

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posted on Aug, 8 2004 @ 11:48 PM
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I do have to agree that White Southerners are a convenient target for the creatively challenged in the entertainment business. But, we must admit that Southern Whites historically have been the one ethnic culture more than willing to poke fun at themselves. Jeff Foxworthy is not the first nor the only one. Consider the Grand Ole Opry and Hee Haw.

You will note in the photographs of the 1927 cast of the Grand Ole Opry the stark contrast of the attire worn in the cast picture and the costumes of the individual acts. In a recent, documentary one old cast member noted that when the Opry first went on-stage the cast if left to their on preference would have worn the clothes fashionable for the day. The owner insisted instead that the cast wear costumes that reinforced the stereotype of Southerners, purely for the theatrical value.

This was a good idea, as it turned out, because it gave rise to some unforgettable charactes such as, David "String Bean" Akeman, Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones, The Baldknobbers, and many others.


[edit on 04/8/9 by GradyPhilpott]






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