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2011-09-27 12:19:23 PM
A suitable use of the 'Obvious' tag, Subby.
 
2011-09-27 12:20:46 PM
Quit whining, Arkansas. All the southern states have to put up with that shiat.
 
2011-09-27 12:21:31 PM
The liberal habit of bashing those they consider backwards still lives on Fark despite general a self-image of being enlightened and tolerant. Like we didn't expect that.
 
2011-09-27 12:22:03 PM
I live in southwest Missouri.

It's not a stereotype it's the truth.
Go Ozarks.
Oh and Winter's Bone wasn't a big help. Damn squirrel scene.
 
2011-09-27 12:24:53 PM

Big Man On Campus: The ________ habit of bashing those they consider backwards still lives on Fark despite general a self-image of being enlightened and tolerant. Like we didn't expect that.

 
2011-09-27 12:24:59 PM
Lets start this off right:

Hillbilly does not equal Redneck

A redneck is a rural poser

/hates rednecks
//knows some cool hillbillies
 
2011-09-27 12:27:56 PM
Arkansas is ranked 41st in math and science education and is behind only West Virginia for the number of college degree holders (four in ten of their state legislators don't even have degrees). Yeah, totally unjustified image problem.
 
2011-09-27 12:28:24 PM
thoughtfulindia.com
 
2011-09-27 12:30:19 PM
We're laughing at you rednecks.

Not with you.
 
2011-09-27 12:30:35 PM
Some of those Arkansas hillbilly girls are HAWT.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2011-09-27 12:31:47 PM
www.cdss.org

Hillbilly 1: Please to meet you subby.
Hillbilly 2: Likewise, I'm sure, subby.
 
2011-09-27 12:32:50 PM
The best part about returning to SC are the drives from/to the airport. My uncle describes history along the back roads, from fallen slave quarters still visible from the road to mid 20th century where this woman would flash to businessmen for quarters they'd fling into a basket.
 
2011-09-27 12:33:50 PM
Where there's smoke, there's fire, Arkansas. And as someone who dropped out of my mother's vajahjah there, I get to say that. (No I'm not a Razorback).
 
2011-09-27 12:34:09 PM

Bob16: We're laughing at you rednecks.

Not with you.


And why you are laughing at the rednecks, the hillbillies are laughing at you
 
2011-09-27 12:35:39 PM
My mother in law retired from Santa Barbara, CA to Bella Vista, just north of Bentonville, AR. It is a very nice area, with all the amenities of modern life. On our last visit, we went to visit my wife's grandmother in a town called Mena, about 150 miles to the South. I swear there was a line of demarcation where the trailer houses were all on blocks and there were no more road kill armadillos (or road kill period). It was like entering a different country. I could almost hear the banjo's and men squealing like a little piggy. It was fairly bizarre.
 
2011-09-27 12:37:46 PM
They're all insane hog-callers, right?

images.wikia.com

/hotlink
 
2011-09-27 12:37:47 PM

Devil's Playground: It was like entering a different country. I could almost hear the banjo's and men squealing like a little piggy. It was fairly bizarre.


Gentrification isn't just for big cities!
 
2011-09-27 12:38:16 PM
I'm from a tiny, tiny town in Arkansas (approximately a hundred people in the "city"). I know the stereotype doesn't reach all the way across Arkansas, but the rural areas can certainly have the flavor the article is describing.

I'm so glad to be out.
 
2011-09-27 12:40:15 PM
The negative press about Arkansas is carefully generated and orchestrated by the government of Alabama so that they can have someone they can look down on.
 
2011-09-27 12:40:26 PM
I lived in Arkansas for two years. One year in Little Rock and another year in Pine Bluff. As such, I can honestly say that I'd rather hang myself from the hinges of Hell than go back to that shiathole of a state. In fact, if I'm driving somewhere, and the state of Arkansas is in my way, I'll drive 600 miles out of my way rather than entering that state. Because you never know when your car will break down, leaving you stranded...and I AM NOT getting stuck there.
 
2011-09-27 12:40:35 PM
On October 8, Clinton, Arkansas, hosts its first annual Redneck Olympics with wheelbarrow races, seed spitting and redneck horseshoes.


Way to represent, hometown!


/Godamnitsomuch!
//voting enabled?
 
2011-09-27 12:42:33 PM
Lived in Little Rock for ten years; it's actually a pretty decent city. As for the rest of the state...well, where else can you find a town named Toad Suck?
 
2011-09-27 12:45:16 PM
Being an Arkansan, I do understand the sterotype. There are definitely some backwoods folks (some being pretty cool), but some are straight up redneck. However, Little Rock area is teh awesome! It's truely a hidden gem. I'm quite happy with the reputation being in place so as to keep out them thar carpetbaggers.

/speaking of "baggers" we unfortunately have lots of the Tea type
 
2011-09-27 12:50:15 PM

Submitted First With a Better Headline: I'm from a tiny, tiny town in Arkansas (approximately a hundred people in the "city"). I know the stereotype doesn't reach all the way across Arkansas, but the rural areas can certainly have the flavor the article is describing.

I'm so glad to be out.


That's pretty much the same anywhere in the south. All southern states have larger cities where the culture is more-or-less caught up with the rest of the world. But, drive 30 minutes in any direction out of the city and it's like you travel back in time 50 years. (no one goes to college, mixing with colored folk is still taboo, religion is the cornerstone of existence, queers are too sick to even speak of, and 21 is about the oldest you wait to get married).
 
2011-09-27 12:52:08 PM

Cortez the Killer: There are definitely some backwoods folks (some being pretty cool), but some are straight up redneck


I know hillbillies that consider redneck a derogatory word.

Usually, these are the ones who don't care about race, sexual preference, or anything like that really. They are just trying to survive based on what they know, and want to be left alone while doing it.

They also work on the barter system. I can get a transmission replaced for a case of beer (as long as I have the parts). They also barter in moonshine and some... greener... substances.
 
2011-09-27 12:53:42 PM
Fill your hand you son-of-a-biatch!
 
2011-09-27 12:58:16 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: Some of those Arkansas hillbilly girls are HAWT.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 488x600]


*giggles and goes back to cleaning her gun*
 
2011-09-27 12:58:59 PM
FTA:

When George W. Featherstonhaugh (pronounced "Farley"), the first U.S. government geologist, visited Arkansas in the 1830s, he described the territory as a place filled with criminals and gamblers. Coincidentally, that is how Mrs. Trollope described Washington in the 1830s.

He wrote that one woman he met "chewed tobacco, she smoked a pipe, she drank whiskey, and cursed and swore as heartily as any backwoodsman, all at the same time." This was during the Talent portion of the Miss America competition. She was voted Miss Congeniality by a Adjudication Panel consisting of Daniel Boone, Samuel Clemens and Dick Clarke.

That unflattering image continued in literature, art and song, starting with the 19th Century fiddling tune, "The Arkansas Traveler," said Robert Cochran, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's chair of American Studies. The song depicts a hillbilly too stupid to fix his roof in a rainstorm. The hillbilly had the last laugh though. He fixed his roof after the rainstorm stopped, like the sensible and practical fellah he was.

The 1936 Cole Porter song, "The Ozarks Are Calling," perpetuates "the stereotype of squalor," he said, although some historians believe that it was original written about the Algonquin Hotel in New York.

Even as late as the 1970s, songs like "They Caught the Devil and Put Him in Jail in Eudora, Arkansas," by Tony Joe White, referred to corn meal suppers, dirt roads, and a poor jailer who may have let Satan go in exchange for a bribe. The song was originally a script for the Twilight Zone but was rejected because the Twilight Zone already had an episode in production where the Devil was allowed to escape from imprisonment by a well-meaning idiot. Tony Joe White missed being elected to the Country and Western Hall of Fame because his first name was "Tony" rather than Jimmy or Joe or Billy or Bob.

"Most popular songs about Arkansas are not positive," Cochran said. "These were commercial popular artists, wanting to make record sales, and they found the way to do it was make fun of Arkansas." Cochran blames this trend on Country and Western Musicians, Blues Musicians and Lady Gaga.

Other rural states like West Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama have similar image problems, Cochran said. And Georgia may never shake the images from "Deliverance." Especially since Lady Gaga performed there dressed in a pant suit made of piggy banks.

But Arkansas has gotten an especially bum rap thanks to its own perpetuation of and profit from the hillbilly image, Cohen said. Thar's gold in them there swills. Sorry. I mean it is highly profitable to sell pseud rusticity to the swells of New York, Washington, and Little Rock.

In 1968, the amusement park, Dogpatch, opened in the state, capitalizing on the hillbilly image from Al Capp's popular "Li'l Abner" comic strip, with rides and souvenirs like corncob pipes and moonshine jugs. The park closed in 1993. Even so, it was much less embarrassing than the Bible Lands and Creationist Museums that are found in every other state of the Union and bits of Canada.

Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, continued to drive a pick-up truck and wear overalls long after he became a multimillionaire. Of course, he continued to wear lady's silk and satin lingerie in private.

In 1992, a popular cartoon drawn by Arkansan George Fisher depicted the Clintons moving from Arkansas to the White House in a battered pick-up stacked with their belongings. What happens in Toonville, stays in Toonville.

Even today, the Ozark School District in northwest Arkansas has a hillbilly, with overalls and a shotgun, for its mascot. Of course, he does snub the Fighting Irishman of Notre Dame University ever chance he gets.


While Blevins said it's time for the state to move beyond its image, Cochran fears it will remain.

"The stereotype is durable," he said. "I think it is with us. It's part of our heritage and we capitalize on it."

Indeed, Arkansas still does.

Corn down 7/8, sow bellies up 3 3/4 in light trading.

On October 8, Clinton, Arkansas, hosts its first annual Redneck Olympics with wheelbarrow races, seed spitting and redneck horseshoes.

And what is "redneck horseshoes," exactly?

Throwing a toilet seat at a stake.

The real Redneck Olympics in Georgia is suing for violation of the "Redneck Olympic" brand.
 
2011-09-27 01:01:28 PM

UsikFark: Big Man On Campus: The ________ habit of bashing those they consider backwards still lives on Fark despite general a self-image of being enlightened and tolerant. Like we didn't expect that.


I accept this correction and resubmit for publication. With apologies to self-identifying liberals who truly are tolerant.
 
2011-09-27 01:03:05 PM

StrangeQ: well, where else can you find a town named Toad Suck?


In South Carolina, they have Frogmore. Does that count?

You sound like you got a purdy mouth...
 
2011-09-27 01:04:37 PM

Devil's Playground: My mother in law retired from Santa Barbara, CA to Bella Vista, just north of Bentonville, AR. It is a very nice area, with all the amenities of modern life. On our last visit, we went to visit my wife's grandmother in a town called Mena, about 150 miles to the South. I swear there was a line of demarcation where the trailer houses were all on blocks and there were no more road kill armadillos (or road kill period). It was like entering a different country. I could almost hear the banjo's and men squealing like a little piggy. It was fairly bizarre.


Walmart keeps the rif-raf out of Bentonville and the surroundings

/how's that for ironic?
 
2011-09-27 01:06:26 PM
WOOO PIG!

went to grad school at U of A- ozarks and ouachitas are beautiful areas- far nicer than the delta, which is nothing but shanties and rice paddies. Nice people everywhere I went across the state, though you'll definitely run into your fair share who are missing teeth.
 
2011-09-27 01:07:02 PM
I live in Arkansas and sure,you can totally find that stereotype-come-to-life stuff here. You can find a lot of really modern, educated, classy, metropolitan type stuff,too.

Everywhere on the planet has some sort of laughable negative stereotype. It's just that we don't take ourselves so seriously that we can't take a joke. We can have fun laughing at the things that hit close to home because they do, but we know that not all of Arkansas is that way. We get that there's people to poke fun at everywhere. Jersey has guidos, Ireland has drunken hooligans, Louisiana has cajun swamp people, etc. Our equivalent just happens to be hillbillys. We don't feel the need to be outraged or fake outrage at the tired old joke. We can just laugh along.
 
2011-09-27 01:11:37 PM
A man walks into a bar in Arkansas and orders a white wine. The place grows suddenly quiet.

The bartender says to him, "You're not from around here, are ya?"

The man says, "No, I'm from Iowa."

"And what do you do back there in Iowa?"

"I'm a taxidermist."

"Taxi-what? What's that?"

"I mount animals."

A smile comes over the bartender's face as he shouts "It's OK boys, he's one of us."
 
2011-09-27 01:12:24 PM

umrdyldo: I live in southwest Missouri.

It's not a stereotype it's the truth.
Go Ozarks.
Oh and Winter's Bone wasn't a big help. Damn squirrel scene.


Two years ago I went backpacking in NW Arkansas; Beautiful country, weird people. We stopped in a few small towns for food and fuel and the people I met convinced me the stereotype is pretty dang accurate. Over the years I've been to lots of little towns around Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Iowa, and while some felt pretty redneck, none of them ever gave off a vibe like these towns. There was no doubt these people were hillbillies.
 
2011-09-27 01:12:27 PM
Hillbilly Arkansian from the Ozone, AR.

I couldn't give two possum turds in what everyone else thinks of Arkansas.

/get out my holler you hippies!
 
2011-09-27 01:18:07 PM
Read this for some eye-opening relevations of Arkansas:

http://www.amazon.com/When-Money-Grew-Trees-Moonshiner/dp/1403376131
 
2011-09-27 01:18:53 PM

StrangeQ: Lived in Little Rock for ten years; it's actually a pretty decent city. As for the rest of the state...well, where else can you find a town named Toad Suck?


I have a coffee mug from the Toad Suck Days.

/Never have been to AK, wife got it when she was there for a workshop.
 
2011-09-27 01:19:07 PM
We need an Arkansas Fark party. Instead of sitting about in a bar and taking pictures as the rest seem to be about, we can throw down with a few kegs and go muddin'!

/Fayetteville, here
//GO HOGS!!
 
2011-09-27 01:19:34 PM
Flew into Springfield, MO. Drove through Branson, MO. Crossed the Arkansas stateline and saw this sign.

i306.photobucket.com
 
2011-09-27 01:20:24 PM

wildlifer: Hillbilly Arkansian from the Ozone, AR.

I couldn't give two possum turds in what everyone else thinks of Arkansas.

/get out my holler you hippies!


I drive through Ozone regularly when I'm heading to a friends cabin right outside of Ponca. Sometimes I grab a burger at that little shack. They're really good, just don't look into the kitchen.
 
2011-09-27 01:20:42 PM
If you don't like the image move your prissy little arse to SFO . When you stop caring about what other thing the soon you will bew free.
 
2011-09-27 01:22:06 PM

xtalman: StrangeQ: Lived in Little Rock for ten years; it's actually a pretty decent city. As for the rest of the state...well, where else can you find a town named Toad Suck?

I have a coffee mug from the Toad Suck Days.

/Never have been to AK, wife got it when she was there for a workshop.


What's Alaska have to do with Toad Suck Daze?
 
2011-09-27 01:22:59 PM
They prefer Appalachian Americans you damnyankee
 
2011-09-27 01:24:05 PM

Smeggy Smurf: They prefer Appalachian Americans you damnyankee


Learn some geography, idiot.
 
2011-09-27 01:26:20 PM

Bronzemom: When you stop caring about what other thing the soon you will bew free


Did you go to school in Arkansas?
 
2011-09-27 01:27:07 PM
Actually my in-laws are in Arkansas and the people out that way have been nothing but nice to this outsider. My girls 18 and 21 respectively, love it there. They both got full rides to U of A moved there under their own accord and are doing great. I've lived many places in the US and I have to say, the folks in rural Arkansas that I've met have been the best neighbors, the most generous folks and all around good people. They are overall very poor, but they make due.

/lived in CA, MD, VA, WI, TX, SC, FL and traveled to the rest of them.
/ yeah they still have the "hey ya'll... watch this" idiocy, but so do other places under a different guise.
 
2011-09-27 01:35:47 PM
How does an Arkansas woman know her daughter is having her period?
Her son's dick tastes funny.
 
2011-09-27 01:37:00 PM
When I lived in Berkeley, I had a gay couple as one of my neighbors. They had met in Little Rock, both fled West, and met again in NorCal, eventually settling down together. They told me stories of how vigorously anti-gay Arkansas was, and how the schools were beginning to experience gang problems. Frankly, I believed them, especially about the anti-gayness. And now you folks are telling me that everywhere else in Arkansas is 50 years behind *that*... wow.
 
2011-09-27 01:38:18 PM
Q: Why do birds fly upsidedown in Arkansas?
A: There's nothing worth shiatting on.


Q: Why do all the trees lean towards Arkansas?
A: 'Cause Arkansas sucks.
 
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