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?