A Video Follow Up to Ists & Ism’s…in the key of “z”

Posted: April 26, 2010 in "Those People"

Right then, lets roll with some more about the topic at hand…video style.  First, play spot the stereotypes that are applied to all Southerners.  Then play apply the stereotypes that are applied to the people who actually resemble the people in the photos.  Having been on the receiving end of a more than a few myself… I can tell you- stereotypes are often dead fuckin’ wrong.

  1. Spacerocket Kim says:

    GREAT video, Ren — I’ve missed seeing these (and making them.) You know, I dig the image of the woman with the gun in her thong — talk about combining tough with soft. Most of the images of the women I liked, esp the heavy woman with tattoos and skin showing. Like, “Yeah, I’m fat — so what?”
    There’s a really good book called “Redneck Manifesto” that covers exactly this subject. The author (and his wife) are somewhat controversial (of “Answer Me!” fame, a magazine that freaked me out) but this book what a great read.

    • Ren says:

      I have to say, the one gal in the jeans with her, ahem, boobs showing a bit- I loved her ink a whole lot. But its little things like- okay, the guy sitting on his truck with the dog? Some people would assume he fights dogs. People will talk smack about the prevlance of tank tops, worn by both sexes, amid people in the South…to wit, I wanna say…ever BEEN in the South in the Summer- you know? Same goes for the improvised “pool in a truck” thing- not all people in the South have pools- and dude, it gets hot down there!

      I like the thong/gun one too. And Reck Neck Space Shuttle never fails to make me laugh.

      I shall look into this book…..

      However, I suspect people are begining to wonder if I have lost my sense of humor…,so I may have to make with some funny here shortly.

  2. rootietoot says:

    Yes, we can. I know just the place for the parts, too.

    And what is it with people thinking all we do is fight our dogs? Dogs are like second tier children…especially the hunting dogs like that dude’s.

    Terry and I saw a feller at the local HogglyWoggly (you think I’m kidding, right), and we laughed because he was TOTALLY looking like the ultimate redneck stereotype-cross-the-road-to-avoid and all (greasy mullet, chopped-sleeves too small t-shirt fu manchu mustache and greasy greasy greasy), and Terry knows him to be the smooshiest marshmallow would-give-you-his-last-nickel guy in the county.

    Great video!

    • Ren says:

      is hogglywoggly like piggly wiggly?

      Mullets: All business in front, all party in the back! Not personally a fan…but hey, if it works for ya, roll with it is my theory!

  3. pheenobarbidoll says:

    What chaps my ass in a big way is how people (ie yankees) paint the south as slave loving gun toting assholes and point to the civil war as proof, but they totally ignore the fact that the north was taking immgrants off the boat, FORCING them into their army and giving them no option about it. Um…is that not slavery too? And what about all the removed Indians? So while their high and mighty end slavery (except for immigrants they can draft) and all men are equal (except lets ship the black folk out of the country) were fighting the civil war, they were also still killing MY ancestors left and right and forcing us to live in concentration camps(aka reservations)

    And people in the south do love their guns. They have acute experience with what happens when your goverment decides you’re wrong. Scortched earth policy against your own countrymen. So no shit we keep guns. It’s the only thing that might stop the next army burning through Altanta.

    On the flip side, as a POC, when I see a confederate flag or the like, I don’t really have the luxury of giving the benefit of the doubt. I could give the benefit, but if I’m wrong it could mean my life. So I have to weigh someone’s fee fee’s against my safety and my safety will win every single time. Offense be damned. So if I make a snap judgement of someone based on outwward things, it may not be fair but thats what I have to do to remain unlynched or beaten. Just like you if you go into the wrong neighborhood being white. At least you get a specific place to avoid. POC don’t really get that option, so we use what we got. That usually takes form in certain symbols. Avoid this person draped in a confederate flag is no different than avoid this neighborhood in DC.

    • rootietoot says:

      I can understand your feelings toward seeing someone draped in a confederate flag. I probably have *very* similar feelings when walking past a group of young black men sagging their pants and listening to really loud rap music. It makes me very uncomfortable and I do not want to risk giving them benefit of the doubt. Does that make me more racist than you? What if they’re in the parking lot of the Mall and not in a neighborhood with a sketchy reputation?

      • pheenobarbidoll says:

        Personal safety trumps all, IMO. That’s no different that feeling nervous walking past any group of men in any situation. Does that make a female a sexist? No, it means she’s drawn on her experience of what can be a safe situation or what can be a very very bad situation. And the people to blame for all situations, yours included are the people who caused the bad experiences. A POC is not to blame for feeling uneasy around percieved racist symbols. Racists are. A woman is not to blame for feeling uneasy around a group of men. Rapists are. You are not to blame for feeling uneasy around a group of black men in saggy gaster clothing. Thuggy violent gangsters are. And in the real world, if you’re going to dress like a gangster/racist/etc, then you can’t really complain when people treat you like one. Esepcially if it’s to keep themselves alive.

  4. Gaina says:

    See, anybody who loves Sir Robert of Zombie automatically wins a life for me. 😀

    I am not too fussed about the Space Shuttle, but all about THIS BABY! Haha.

    • Ren says:

      oh, Zombie is the MAN!

    • Ren says:

      See, that thing would be awesome for hard to navigate terrain!

      • Gaina says:

        Fuck rough terrain, I’m takin’ that baby to WALMART to waste the lollygaggers in ‘frozen foods’! LOL

        Zombie has the best drummer on the planet touring with him right now, I would love to see the current tour in the US!

    • rootietoot says:

      I want that. Badly. I’ll swap a 1993 Chevy truck (on blocks)( that doesn’t belong to me )for that.

    • sneeky bunny says:

      Oh I love me some Rob Zombie, and that fucking tank/car is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I also quite liked the gun in the thong picture even though that’s not the most practical way for a gal to carry. the whole thing rocked and I thank you for reminding me to check my yankee privilege.

  5. Maybe it’s because I’m a native of South Louisiana who’s seen more than his share of “Cajunnecks”/”Coonasses” (our own unique brand of “white trash”) and all of the stereotyping that our “lamestream media” love to impose on them…but I saw nothing that unique or stereotypical about those folks at all…other than the fact that they can pack some serious heat. (Nice tramp stamps, too.)

    I mean, really….if you lived in a community where you get 90 degree heat and 70% humidity, you’re not going to go out in three-piece suits, right?? It’s not as if Northerners don’t have their variety of flakes…like, those hardy folk who attend football games in Green Bay in sub-zero weather wearing nothing but Packer paiint on their faces??

    Every region has their…ummm, uniqueness. If we were all the same, it would get pretty damn suicidal, now wouldn’t it?? Wouldn’t change living in the South for the world. Except during hurricane season, of course.


    • rootietoot says:

      Hurricane season kinda stinks, but the winters….oh…

    • Roy Kay says:

      >I mean, really….if you lived in a community where you get 90 degree heat and 70% humidity, you’re not going to go out in three-piece suits, right??

      I believe Englishmen do, but I think mad dogs have more sense.

    • Slim says:

      Having grown up in WI I can attest to this, in fact if it weren’t for the Confederate flag appearing every so often… those could have been some of my neighbors growing up.

      so yeah, there’s a northern breed of redneck too. It’s pretty much the same, the flannel is just thicker.

  6. Erik says:

    Nice vid, but I have to say that anyone sporting a Black Flag t-shirt is in imminent danger of losing his redneck/cracker cred and crossing over into punk hipsterdom. Btw, could we have a little stereotying and ridicule directed at other kinds of Southerners: the seersucker-suited gents drinking whiskey smashes and yakking about Walker Percy; the ladies who went to convent schools and are still misbehaving as a consequence; the black men who spend all year sewing their beaded, feathered suits for Carnival; the black women who won Fullbright scholarships for explaining why those men do what they do; the working-class white folks who sound like they come from Brooklyn and cook better than Mario Batali; the blissful stoners who populate Bonnaroo and the Jam Cruises; the Muslim kids who love to play football; the Bengali Hindus who invite everyone over to their temple for Sunday dinner and on and on? In the interest of full disclosure, my Southern exposure is from New Orleans, which is a slightly unusual place.

  7. Barry says:

    That’s their culture and they’re proud of it just as much as Taliban women too proud to let a man ogle their face. It’s a cultural thing that of itself means only that that is how they have been brought up and conditioned to feel at ease.

    It’s Americans that make such a fuss about anybody stepping out of conformist line. Europeans mostly couldn’t give a shit.

  8. Stone Fox says:

    sheee-it that was most excellent. the tree sofa was my favorite.

  9. Bane says:

    Meh, everybody in the video looked like decent folk. But then, I’m from rural OR, so those people were also my neighbors. And most …OK some, ….OK, a few, weren’t racist fuckers.

    • rootietoot says:

      you mean it’s not just the South? I thought it was only the South.

      • Bane says:

        My town was the last place in the country to have sundown laws. But being local mattered even more than what color you are, if that makes sense. The (one, only) black girl at my school was OK, because she’d been there from the first grade. The out of town (sexy as hell) african american twins who transferred in junior year of HS, they lasted about 3 days.

      • Bane says:

        Yo, Idaho is so fucking white. And Oh My God, have you been to Utah? Eeyyyah. My GF is in North Carolina right now, and Ashville has a kind of casual racism (I’m looking at you, Cracker Barrel) that was foreign to me. Stupid crosses all borders.

  10. jill brenneman says:

    I live in Raleigh/Durham. This area has become far more frighteningly religious, conservative, anti latino, pro rush limbaughish in the last year. We actually have a talk radio station called RUSH radio 106.1. Which is exactly what it sounds like…… This place is scary

  11. David says:

    What is a word or phrase you use frequently and how did you pick it up?

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