Without the foil, we would have to face our own poverties, our own barbarism, our own shelteredness, our own actual lack of sophistication.
The problem with a stereotype is usually not that it is completely inaccurate, but that it identifies a feature as relevant or important for irrelevant reasons and, in so doing, makes it difficult for the person or entity to break out of the stereotype and beyond it in observers’ eyes, which makes an authentic relationship with the stereotyped person or entity impossible.
Filed under: rednecks, stereotypes
America’s favorite joke is anything but funny – Salon.com
The hillbilly figure allows middle-class white people to offload the venality and sin of the nation onto some other constituency, people who live somewhere—anywhere—else. The hillbilly’s backwardness highlights the progress more upstanding Americans in the cities or the suburbs have made. These fools haven’t crawled out of the muck, the story goes, because they don’t want to.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and the history of the hillbilly in America. – Slate Magazine
Tucker & Dale vs Evil. The best genre satire embraces as much as it mocks. You could work your way down a checklist of clichés acknowledged and subverted. The two leads are really great, and some of the best moments come from their script, chemistry, and delivery. Worthwhile for sure.