August 04, 2006
I Never Thought So
First, I don't know if this article I'm linking to is a movie review or a scathing indictment of Hollywood's portrayal of the South and Southerners.
(Let me say here and now that I'm not a NASCAR fan. I don't understand the attraction in watching a bunch of guys making left hand turns all day long. Sorry. I'd rather watch guys whale hell on each other playing football.)
But, back to this article. I've been to the South (as far as North Carolina, anyway) and have met a lot of Southerners during my reenacting days. No one struck me as stupid or ignorant.
And I don't for one minute think rural Georgians have any particular sexual predilection...if you know what I mean.
Southerners aren't stupid. Look at: Robert E Lee; James Longstreet; Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, to name a few. Sure, maybe Jackson wasn't at the top of his class at West Point, but still...and the poor man lost most of his division on the third day of Gettysburg... On the whole, look at just that group of Southern men.
And then look at George McClellan, one of the commanders of the Union Army. He makes John Murtha look like a warmonger.
I don't know. I've known a few Yankees in my day that were dumb as stumps.
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True, but it goes both ways. I've also endured plenty of southern "humor", both on the internet and from comedians, that focuses on how anyone who ISN'T southern as a white collar pansy old money snob who wouldn't last a day outside of downtown Manhattan or Hyannisport. I find it just as offensive.
And I HAVE met a few dumb southerners, and even smart, tough rural northerners, surprise surprise.posted by Memento Moron at August 4, 2006 04:31 PM
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