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2009-06-12 9:17:26 AM  
Doesn't something like this happen every year or so, some journalist travels the South expecting to be lynched because he's black/Jewish/atheist/gay, and instead finds that it's mostly good decent friendly people and not much different than where he came from other than the pickups trucks, accent and rampant obesity?
 
2009-06-12 9:35:06 AM  
suckerpunch: Doesn't something like this happen every year or so, some journalist travels the South expecting to be lynched because he's black/Jewish/atheist/gay, and instead finds that it's mostly good decent friendly people and not much different than where he came from other than the pickups trucks, accent and rampant obesity?

I like to travel up North and be treated rudely by Yankees because I'm not from around there.
 
2009-06-12 10:09:44 AM  
sepuku2
I like to travel up North and be treated rudely by Yankees because I'm not from around there.

I'll bet you love Philly.
 
2009-06-12 10:13:03 AM  
I'd punch you on the principle that you paid money for a stupid t-shirt advertising your beliefs.
 
2009-06-12 10:26:31 AM  
friendinpa: I'll bet you love Philly.

I was there once, I pulled my truck into the terminal a day late because of a snowstorm, and as I was pulling in some asshole jumped onto my running board and began cussing me out because I was late with the load. I listened to him scream and cuss me for a few minutes before I punched his lights out. When I got out of the truck he looked shocked and asked me why I had done that. I told him where I come from you don't cuss out people you don't know. They might get mad.
 
2009-06-12 10:42:25 AM  
You mean this clip could possibly have been staged? (new window)

TOP GEAR would never do that.... oh... (new window)

/Still loves the show
//Clarkson is Lord Douchebag
 
2009-06-12 10:46:25 AM  
DjangoStonereaver: //Clarkson is Lord Douchebag

Not only that, he's very entertaining as well.
 
2009-06-12 11:17:54 AM  
FTFA: I guess the fact that we spent most of our time in or around cities meant that we ran into either more tolerant people or people who were more used to seeing things like that or people who knew I was being an attention whoring douche.

Probably closer to reality.
 
2009-06-12 11:19:32 AM  
Touristing in the south as an atheist is not such a big deal. Try living there and having a social life without being a member of a church. That's when the cultural differences rear their ugly head.
 
2009-06-12 11:23:26 AM  

suckerpunch: rampant obesity


There's no fatties in the north? Where have you been? Stuck in the folds of one of them?
 
2009-06-12 11:25:31 AM  
I swear to God I'd punch this douche in the face. For heaven's sake, stop trying to proclaim that you don't believe in something. Just don't believe it and shut the hell up. Jesus Christ, these people bug me.
 
2009-06-12 11:26:14 AM  
If his goal was to truly annoy, he should have done something more entertaining.

For instance, a column with the heading, "how I was beaten repeatedly after I sang 'Mr. Bojangles' incessantly at the Waffle House" would sound interesting. I would read such a column.

This one, on the other hand, just sounds stupid.
 
2009-06-12 11:27:06 AM  
I'm an non-believer living in the South, so I am getting a kick...
 
2009-06-12 11:28:13 AM  
HipsterDouche bag columnist travels the South wearing obnoxious atheist t-shirts, disappointed he didn't get lynched
/He'll get more hate at a Mac convention using a PC
 
2009-06-12 11:28:22 AM  

Dr. Rosenrosen: Touristing in the south as an atheist is not such a big deal. Try living there and having a social life without being a member of a church. That's when the cultural differences rear their ugly head.


Yeah, this. They'll just stare if you are "different" and passing through. If you live there, it can get dodgy, depending on the community.
 
2009-06-12 11:29:00 AM  
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2009-06-12 11:30:03 AM  
Yet I bet him and his friends would have plenty of snide comments if they saw someone wearing a shirt advertising they do have strong beliefs.

I've lived all over the south, and it's far more tolerant then people think. Sometimes a lot more tolerant than cities up north.

I'm now in San Antonio, while not exactly the south, no one gives a shiat what you do for the most part.
 
2009-06-12 11:30:12 AM  

BobtheFascist: FTFA: I guess the fact that we spent most of our time in or around cities meant that we ran into either more tolerant people or people who were more used to seeing things like that or people who knew I was being an attention whoring douche.

Probably closer to reality.


This.

Maybe this experiment proved that there really aren't all the Bible Thumpers that everyone thinks there are, and maybe he's the bigot for thinking everyone in the South would lynch him for his goddamn shirt
 
2009-06-12 11:31:05 AM  
There is still time for one.
 
2009-06-12 11:31:08 AM  
I'm surprised he didn't hire someone to punch him so he could write a more interesting, condemming article. Guess he wasn't smart enough to figure that out. Also, us slack jawed yokels can't read, so wearing a tee shirt doesn't work.
 
2009-06-12 11:31:15 AM  

PC LOAD LETTER: Dr. Rosenrosen: Touristing in the south as an atheist is not such a big deal. Try living there and having a social life without being a member of a church. That's when the cultural differences rear their ugly head.

Yeah, this. They'll just stare if you are "different" and passing through. If you live there, it can get dodgy, depending on the community.


I lived in Memphis and Mississippi for 9 of the last 10 years without once going to a church. And no one cared.
 
2009-06-12 11:31:22 AM  
I've lived all over the place. Northerners are bigger assholes, by far.
 
2009-06-12 11:31:23 AM  
He really expected to be accosted by wearing this? Maybe he should have tried wearing a Yankees shirt in Beantown, I hear that can get a rise out of people.
 
2009-06-12 11:31:34 AM  
It just goes to show that the Internet is one vast echo chamber where we all reinforce our stupid stereotypes without a single shred of actual experience, instead relying on third- and fourth-hand anecdotes to get indignant.

This applies to all topics, philosophies, ideologies, and entertainment preferences.

I'm an atheist, and I've never had anyone give me crap about it or try and convert me. I've never had angry minorities scream at me and call me a racist. I've never had a conservative get red-faced and frothy when discussing politics.

Maybe I'm just a really nice guy.
 
2009-06-12 11:31:35 AM  
FTFA: I should keep in mind that people here are just about equally unaccepting of my being otspoken about my atheism as they are in the deep south.

Nobody cares to hear about your beliefs. You'll get over it.
 
2009-06-12 11:31:46 AM  

suckerpunch: Doesn't something like this happen every year or so, some journalist travels the South expecting to be lynched because he's black/Jewish/atheist/gay, and instead finds that it's mostly good decent friendly people and not much different than where he came from other than the pickups trucks, accent and rampant obesity?


Pretty much this. I hate the way people try to misconstrue the rural US.
 
2009-06-12 11:31:46 AM  
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This is not a hipster. No hipster would be caught dead with that douchebag haircut.

Hipsters don't travel the South to get into religious hassles. Hipsters travel the South to slum it.

I do enjoy how hipster is the new hate du jour on Fark. My grandma is more up on the trends than you guys.
 
2009-06-12 11:31:51 AM  
Can't we just lynch him because he's a hipster twatwaffle?
 
2009-06-12 11:32:30 AM  
I'm about to go eat some fried chicken and sweet tea at my socialist club meeting. All hail social handouts in the South, the way Davis wanted it...
 
2009-06-12 11:32:43 AM  

PC LOAD LETTER: Dr. Rosenrosen: Touristing in the south as an atheist is not such a big deal. Try living there and having a social life without being a member of a church. That's when the cultural differences rear their ugly head.

Yeah, this. They'll just stare if you are "different" and passing through. If you live there, it can get dodgy, depending on the community.


And this is unique to the South, how?
 
2009-06-12 11:32:56 AM  

DslainteC: I swear to God I'd punch this douche in the face. For heaven's sake, stop trying to proclaim that you don't believe in something. Just don't believe it and shut the hell up. Jesus Christ, these people bug me.


Came here to say this...minus the punch.
 
2009-06-12 11:33:01 AM  

Dr. Rosenrosen: Touristing in the south as an atheist is not such a big deal. Try living there and having a social life without being a member of a church. That's when the cultural differences rear their ugly head.


I live in the south and am not a member of any church and my social life hasn't suffered. In fact, I know a lot of people throughout the south in the same circumstances.
 
2009-06-12 11:33:03 AM  

sepuku2: suckerpunch: Doesn't something like this happen every year or so, some journalist travels the South expecting to be lynched because he's black/Jewish/atheist/gay, and instead finds that it's mostly good decent friendly people and not much different than where he came from other than the pickups trucks, accent and rampant obesity?

I like to travel up North and be treated rudely by Yankees because I'm not from around there.


What about White Sox, do you like to be treated rudely by White Sox? And Tigers, how about them?
 
2009-06-12 11:33:11 AM  
I don't know what I was expecting. I guess I just wanted to go into the belly of the beast and give it a poke and see if I could catch a story. observe whether people would react differently in the "Bible belt" than they do in Philadelphia, where I wear said shirts fairly often because I'm an attention whore that gives atheists everywhere a bad name. My experience, short as it was, didn't offer much of a difference. I guess we should have hung out at more rural roadside biker bars or something....


I really wish you would have. At least then this stupid sh*t wouldn't have been submitted to Fark.

/atheist
 
2009-06-12 11:33:26 AM  
Perhaps the tin foil hat he was wearing on the trip helped people realize that he was just an ignorant dick.
 
2009-06-12 11:33:28 AM  

PirateKing: I'm an atheist, and I've never had anyone give me crap about it or try and convert me. I've never had angry minorities scream at me and call me a racist. I've never had a conservative get red-faced and frothy when discussing politics.


In high school as an atheist, I did get the stupid comments, the attempts at conversion. Beyond that, everyone seems very accepting, and generally doesn't care.

Then again I'm not trying to sell "ATHEIST ROCK MUKSIKS"
 
2009-06-12 11:33:36 AM  

Dr. Rosenrosen: Touristing in the south as an atheist is not such a big deal. Try living there and having a social life without being a member of a church. That's when the cultural differences rear their ugly head.


Yes because Mobile, Al
Birmingham, AL
Tuscaloosa, AL
Auburn, AL
New Orleans, LA
Baton Rouge, LA
Atlanta, GA
Houston , TX
Dallas, TX
Pensacola, Fl
Destin, Fl
and Miami, FL
and a sheeyat ton of other cities where you can drink your face off till the sun rise are all such got dayum "churchie" types of cities.

For fark sake I bet you have never even been to the south.
 
2009-06-12 11:34:17 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: HipsterDouche bag columnist travels the South wearing obnoxious atheist t-shirts, disappointed he didn't get lynched
/He'll get more hate at a Mac convention using a PC


This

I love it when journalists bloggers try to make the news instead of just write about it.
 
2009-06-12 11:34:18 AM  

suckerpunch: Doesn't something like this happen every year or so, some journalist travels the South expecting to be lynched because he's black/Jewish/atheist/gay, and instead finds that it's mostly good decent friendly people and not much different than where he came from other than the pickups trucks, accent and rampant obesity?


Are you telling me that stereotypes aren't facts? No way dude!
 
2009-06-12 11:34:29 AM  
Its pretty silly to try and divide the whole US into two categories (North and South) and generalize behavior based on that view (this isnt the 1860s afterall). I think that the rudeness level is quite different in say Minnesota and New York, two very "Nothern" locations.
 
2009-06-12 11:34:36 AM  
Being yelled at by a homeless person is not irony. If he wore an atheist t-shirt and was struck by lightning despite there not being a god, that would be irony . . . wonderful irony.
 
2009-06-12 11:34:53 AM  

DslainteC: I swear to God I'd punch this douche in the face. For heaven's sake, stop trying to proclaim that you don't believe in something. Just don't believe it and shut the hell up. Jesus Christ, these people bug me.


The Irony is strong in this one...

/Sounds like Yankee WANTED his ass kicked
//Welcome to the New South
///Asshole
 
2009-06-12 11:34:59 AM  
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2009-06-12 11:35:18 AM  
Back where I'm from, we have a name for the author - Wanker.
Or Pretentious Wanker, as you prefer.
 
2009-06-12 11:35:50 AM  

lehmac: For fark sake I bet you have never even been to the south.


Grew up in KY. Lived in Nashville for 8 years. Got the heck outta there and never looked back.
 
2009-06-12 11:35:54 AM  
Maximusclay
DslainteC: I swear to God I'd punch this douche in the face. For heaven's sake, stop trying to proclaim that you don't believe in something. Just don't believe it and shut the hell up. Jesus Christ, these people bug me.

Came here to say this...minus the punch.
bear
 
2009-06-12 11:35:56 AM  

notjoevictory: I'm about to go eat some fried chicken and sweet tea at my socialist club meeting. All hail social handouts in the South, the way Davis wanted it...


Actually, I am about to go to Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles for lunch.
 
2009-06-12 11:36:27 AM  

Rapmaster2000: This is not a hipster. No hipster would be caught dead with that douchebag haircut.

Hipsters don't travel the South to get into religious hassles. Hipsters travel the South to slum it.

I do enjoy how hipster is the new hate du jour on Fark. My grandma is more up on the trends than you guys.


Hipster is so 2007... which may be the last time some farkers saw the sun.
 
2009-06-12 11:37:21 AM  
I'd like to see him try that in Saudi Arabia...
 
2009-06-12 11:37:31 AM  
What an idiot. I'm an atheist, and would consider cockpunching the asshole.
 
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