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Are You a Redneck?

Posted July 10, 2007

East Dublin, Georgia, played host to the 12th annual Summer Redneck Games over the weekend.  The events included the mud pit belly flop, toilet-seat horseshoes, bobbing for pigs' feet and others. 

The entire event is a big joke on elitist media-types. The founder, Mac Davis, started the games after some in the press said a bunch of rednecks were hosting the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

"I figured, if that's what people expect, let's give it to them!" he writes on the games' Web site.

A nice lady called after my segment on the 8 a.m. show.  My fun with the Redneck Games story brought her up a little short.  She said East Dublin was a nice place with a lot of well-educated people.  I'd made an aside about the toilet-seat horseshoes being "classy."  She said the folks in East Dublin are, indeed, classy. 

The caller's comments this morning are indicative of a larger debate in the comments section on our WRAL.com story.   A lot of people are pointing out that not all Southerners are rednecks -- that these stories in the media further stereotypes about Southern culture.

If you're a Southerner, does the term "redneck" offend you?  Do you cringe when you see Southern stereotypes -- or do you think it's capturing a part of the South's reality? 

As a native North Carolinian, I've got some opinions about this.  Do you?

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  • Historians 12th Jul 11, 2007

    While Bubba and Billy Bob were in the local Wal-Mart, they decided to get in on the weekly charity raffle. They bought five tickets each at a dollar a pop. The following week, when the raffle was drawn, each had won a prize. Billy Bob won 1st place- a year's supply of gourmet spaghetti sauce and extra long spaghetti. Bubba won 6th prize- a toilet brush. About a week or so had passed when the men met back at Wal-Mart. Bubba asked Billy Bob how he liked his prize, to which Billy Bob replied, "Great!, I love spaghetti!" Billy Bob asked Bubba, "How 'bout you, how's the toilet brush? "Not so good," replied Bubba, "I reckon I'm gonna' switch back to paper."

  • strolling bones Jul 11, 2007

    Hey Milky can I have your cuz phone number now thats its over?

  • strolling bones Jul 11, 2007

    O I am not a redneck. I am southern but not a redneck. I do not like it when yanks think we are a cross tween andy and the beverly hillbillies. I dont care how its done up north or how much faster its done there. I do not care that since you are from california you dont think you should be called a yank...we got two kinds here....those of us from the south and yanks. If you are not from the south you are a yank. You can be canadian, ozzie whatever. How much plainer can we make this for you yanks?

    I think the south needs to move ahead. We need to raise the levels of education and the high school graduation rates. We need to move the deep south outta proverty and their mind sets. (ala/miss) We need to bring back the moral codes of honor etc that we live by. The majority of the people here want to be left alone...raise our families in a safe place, work hard and play hard.

  • cherriedragon Jul 11, 2007

    The only thing that bugs me is when a yankee comments on my accent.Well, being raised in the south, I was taught not to be rude....so I just smile, remind them that I am the native and offer some sweet-tea.

  • hdsoftail Jul 10, 2007

    Man I'm from the South and proud of it. We have become the country of the offended, people sue for anything because they are greedy. I dont give a S#$% what you call me. As a society we should lighten up.

  • Halyard Jul 10, 2007

    Great posts everybody!! The only time I was insulted being called a redneck was by this dude from England, then I called him a "limey", then we laughed like "h" & had just o-n-e m-o-r-e b-e-e-r!

    U too much .Milky!! hahaha!

  • fishnett5977 Jul 10, 2007

    American by BIRTH, Southern(and very much a Redneck) by the grace of God!!! I don't get offended if someone talks about rednecks. I am one, but to look at me you can't tell it. I love swimming in a pond, going fishing(or flounder gigging), NASCAR, think the Petty's are royality, proud of my flag and my country, was taught to respect my elders and say Yes Mam/No Mam, Yes/No Sir, baseball(GO BRAVES!!!), be kind to Yankees even if they try to tell how things should be done(we do it this way up north!)and always remember that Mama told me if I couldn't say nothin nice,don't say ANYTHING at all!!! I think everyone should try being just a little redneck, don't you? ;)

  • Wheelman Jul 10, 2007

    God bless us all!!! If we had rednecks running the state and federal government we certainly wouldn't be in the fix we're in. We don't care much for stupid and a lack of common sense because you can't fix either one. We're kind and generous to a fault, but don't ask for something you haven't earned and remember that Momma taught you to say Yes, Maam; No, Maam and thank you.

  • CestLaVie Jul 10, 2007

    countryfied: Amen!!

    I'm married to a redneck too. He's polite, a hard worker, was raised with the fear of God, and loves his momma!! The love his momma instilled in him benefits me!!! He's my buddy, he's my fix-it man, he's my jack-of-all-trades, and mostly, he's my lover!!

  • .Milky Jul 10, 2007

    There are different ways that the word is used that effect me differently. When I fixed my windshield wipers with a set screw from my garage door opener and my coworker called me a redneck, that was a compliment to me. But when I put patriotic stickers on my truck, following 9/11, and my liberal cousin called me a redneck, I was insulted. In fact, I was so insulted that I broke up with her that day.

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