Remember the "Freak Show" that used to travel with the carnivals?
Welcome to the modern TV version of the same.
These shows serve several purposes:
They demean Southern Whites, notice the absence of any other race.
If they did make a similar show featuring a black family how long before the cries of "racism!" would be heard?
It's an old meme predating the Civil War in fact, Southern Whites have long been the butt end of jokes that allow certain groups feel superior.
Southern Whites are also the stronghold of conservatism, Christianity and a reverence for personal rights and liberty.
They walk a delicate balance in making these shows - they want them to appeal to a conservative audience while at the same time providing enough
material for redneck jokes for those who have disdain for conservatives.
This is the updated version of Br'er Rabbit and Uncle Billy Possum for the 21st century.
Those in control want us all to be good little urbanites, dependent upon the system, loathing guns and hunting, scornful of religion, listening to
crap modern music and watching crap tv. They want us to be good global citizens, with no moral center or loyalty to Country, community or family.
Willing to accept change regardless of it's merit because if you don't then you are "clinging to old ways" , "anti-science" or worse yet "yearning for
a return to the days of Jim Crow".
To say Southern whites are being stereotyped would be the understatement of the year.
Personal statement: The North may have won the Civil War but the South didn't lose
. They simply ran out of men to die for their cause and
country. The war could have gone on had they been willing to let women join the army but that would have been a gross violation of the things they
fought for. Modern America? We stand on the brink of being willing to send women in to combat. Oh yeah, you've come a long way baby......welcome to
(for those unfamiliar with the phrase "You've come a long way baby" - it was a jingle for a cigarette company urging women to smoke. The full lyric
was "you've got your own cigarette now baby, you've come a long, long way".) If you weren't watching tv in 1969 you can watch the commercial here -
edit on 26-12-2013 by Asktheanimals because: added link