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New Trend: Portrayal of People in the South U.S. as Ignorant

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posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 03:37 PM
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AMEN! Southerners are more intelligent than people give them credit for. Is it ignorant or stupid to be able to make what you need out of what you have? Need fish but dont have a pole...go noodlin'. Something broke and you dont have the money to fix it without going in debt...ducttape to the resce. Grits are just polenta by another name. And just think, only the idiots from the south are stupid enough to let themselves be portrayed like that on tv...just watch the local news...'yeah, I saw it all from my pickup when I was done siphoning gas from my neighbors lawnmower'




posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 04:20 PM
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Originally posted by FissionSurplus
Right on, Stealthy! I've met more ignorant rednecks when I lived in Northern California than I have ever met down here in the south.

But what can you expect from a medium like television? The people in charge of thinking up these shows can't seem to think their way out of a paper bag if one end was open. It is tiresome stereotyping, and if it was any other race being lampooned, they wouldn't be able to get away with it.


I'm in West Texas as well and I don't believe this is the SOUTH the OP is talking about.

I think he's more aiming toward Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, etc.

But the South has always been identified as racist, religious idiots. Just like California is supposed to be made up of ONLY tofu-eating gay socialists, the Appalachians are full of illiterate hillbillies and New Jersey is all greasy Italians in track jackets.

Lol and now that I think about it, when it comes to reality TV Jersey is probably looking worse than any other part of the US



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 04:26 PM
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Nasty little club to belong to, isnt it? Where popular culture decides to find the most horrific examples of a certain group and decides to make them the poster children. My gran lives in SC and though I am a proud yank, some of my best friends are below the Mason-Dixon line. I dont watch tv much and I avoid reality shows like the plague since my group is currently being represented as oversexed, money hungry trash mouths. Its a helluva thing to navigate when someone comes to you operating on that preconceived notion. And sure, we all know people who might lend credence to stereotypes...they arent born in a vacuum....but people in other countries or even other regions and yes, people of other races...watch that and they aren't thinking, "I bet not all of them are like that and this is probably a gross generalization". They are thinking.."look at those animals, whores, rednecks, religious freaks..those *shudder*..Jersey people"


You want reality tv, watch public television. Thats about as real as it gets, lol. If I don't believe mainstream news I an certainly going to steer clear of mainstream entertainment. It fogs the mind and destroys the moral compass. And for the record, from what I have seen you are one smart cookie so that streotype gets shot to hell right there



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 04:31 PM
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"New trend"?!



Why are we wasting server space on this?


Reality TV in general is garbage.
Stop watching it if you want it to go away.
People love to complain about the paparazzi and producers/production companies profiting on trivial shenanigans-

The solution is simple-
STOP ENABLING THEM.
STOP WATCHING THE GARBAGE SHOWS.
STOP BUYING THE PRODUCT.

End of story.



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 04:39 PM
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Hey love your Futurama quote!



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 04:50 PM
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I had no idea there is a Talent Agency. I don't watch those kinds of shows enough to see the same people.



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 05:04 PM
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Nah man the gun enthusiasts are usually pretty bright and trut me we all have an eye on the capitol.



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 05:05 PM
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Originally posted by N3k9Ni
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I had no idea there is a Talent Agency. I don't watch those kinds of shows enough to see the same people.



It was years ago I watched some of them - - more like when they first started - - and it was something new and sensational.

I like information - - my brain seems to crave information - - it doesn't matter what it is. I watched a lot of talk shows. Saw Jerry Springer on one. He said they never have to recruit anyone - - they're overloaded with requests to be on the shows. Crazy - huh?

Now I watch cooking shows and DIY.



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 05:41 PM
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there is plenty of toothless "hicks" all over the U.S. and Canada.

not just southern folk
if you are goofy...act like hill-billys... makes good entertainment...thats all.



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 05:44 PM
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Hell yeah! You got any pop? We can make a deal..



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 05:44 PM
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Awww thanks...and I can say the same for you! I agree with everything you said. It's unfair to have preconcieved notions about anyone. Every person should be regarded as an INDIVIDUAL on their own merits. I actually do watch PBS ( I love Nova and Frontline).....when I do watch TV. I saw these while just surfing channels, and I was like WTF??
After I started this thread, I really started thinking about it more, and I realize this subject is really more than just the south etc...it's about how we percieve what we don't know or understand.....we are spoon fed stereotypes and so many of us just eat it up, you know? It sucks.



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 05:48 PM
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Ahhh....I never said I WATCH them....I came across them while surfing channels, and that's how I noticed SEVERAL shows like this. As for your advice, I can send it right back at you....if you think this thread is a waste of space
1. Don't read it
2. Don't post a reply
3. Go to a subject you consider more space worthy.
Thanks!



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 05:50 PM
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Wow....I can't believe people actually WANT to be made a fool of on these shows!



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 06:15 PM
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I have lived in Gardner, Massachusetts all my life, college education, married 24 years, two kids, fairly intelligent.

I have never really thought that the people on "Swamp People", or "Big Shrimping" were dumb. In fact, I admire them for their ability to live off the land.

They have a different kind of education, which is the knowledge of survival, and they are grounded in true principles of right and wrong.

For me, it is refreshing to see "real people", instead of the people you see on those stupid reality shows.

Just my opinion.



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 06:18 PM
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No, I understand what you mean....I don't think they are dumb either, that's why I said ignorant or uneducated (in the literal sense)....if the SHTF, you'd do good to be with those dudes I bet...they know how to get things done. Those shows seem to do their best to put that "dumb" spin on it though.



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 06:28 PM
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I'm pretty sure this stereotype has been around since for ever. Hence the negative connotation of the word hillbilly.



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 06:46 PM
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I have no clue why she thought there were bugs in it, but it was hilarious! I could not stop laughing! I will trying your recipe soon. Thanks!



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 07:32 PM
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Bashing Southerners is but one part of a continuation of the war on freedom. The Civil War never ended. Lee may have surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia but the vilification and slow destruction of the South and it's culture continues. The Central bankers (aka the Union) have been relentless in their pursuit of demonizing all things Southern in their attempt to crush the spirit of freedom which sparked the War of Secession. The educational system echoes the empty tome of slavery being the cause of the war, blames White Southerners for all things considered racist while ignoring the fact that the KKK was not started to intimidate blacks but to keep some semblance of law and order in a land overrun by carpetbaggers and opportunists.
Great Americans like Robert E. Lee are vilified despite a lifetime of service to the United States. The greatest soldier produced by the war is only remembered as the first leader of the KKK and never mentioned as a later convert to Christianity and seeking redemption through racial unity.
Ever heard of John Brown Gordon? A rudimentary outline of American history should include him for his political accomplishments irrespective of his remarkable achievements, bravery and personal sacrifice on the field of battle.
Men who by right of deed should be legendary among their countrymen have been thrown under the wheels of historical revisionism which would deny the very humanity of anyone who fought against the Union.
Note that I did not say fought for the Confederacy. as many who did fight had no other motivation than to defend their very homes from an invading Union army.
Forgive my rant but this subject has been a burr under my saddle for a good while.

Southern people love their freedom and such ideals run contrary to the sheeple farmers wishes and must be suppressed through every means available.



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 08:26 PM
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Stereotypes suck in general. I have family that lives in Alabama in an area that used to be very rural and now it's more suburban, but anyway...I've been there quite a bit, when I was little I thought it was amazing and I was mad at my mom that we couldn't go be farmers. As a teenager I went and the area did happen to be full of stereotypical southerners, bible thumping racists, to my teenage mind that meant everyone there was like that. As a grown woman and a mother I went and having the freedom to explore more I of course realized it was just as varied as Boston.

This is true everywhere, if you choose to not let your mind be lazy with assumptions you could probably only find 1 in every 20 of a group that actually fits their stereotype. It happens to many of us on ATS all the time and even though I try not to let myself do it, it happens. Sometimes it takes being stereotyped to give you hindsight and realize you have done it yourself. All we can do is try not to do it and apologize when we have.



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 08:39 PM
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There's some jerkface here on ATS that has an avatar that has "Derpistan" written across the Southern and Southwestern states. I wish I could remember who that genius was.

But, yeah, you're right. It's really annoying. Southerners will always be made fun of for our views on freedom and personal responsibility.

/TOA




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