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Diatribe: The Redneck Renaissance And Hillbilly Porn.

12/19/2012

HillbillyHandfishinFor many years, we’ve shared a terrible, cloying and awful pastime at our house that we call “Kuntry Tawk Day”.  During Kuntry Tawk Day we see which of us can annoy the other the most and the longest by continuously talking with a stereotypical “hillbilly twang”.  Fortunately, we don’t do this very often because I usually lose.  I hate “Kuntry Tawk Day”!

Unfortunately, what I find so annoying about my family’s terrible pastime has fueled the reality television industry’s fire with dozens of “rural-themed” programming.  Programs like Duck Dynasty, Swamp People, Hillbilly Handfishin’ and, perhaps the most popular of them all, Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo.  While these people are surely hardworking Americans who happened upon an opportunity to make some money, what they’re doing is unfairly perpetuating the stereotype that “The South” is somehow backward.

As Anthony Harkins observes in Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon, one of the hillbilly’s signature moves is to peak, popularity-wise, just when Americans sense that things in general are headed south.  Its first true zenith came in the depressed 1930s, a handmaiden to the birth of commercial country music.  Another arrived in the turbulent 1960s, when “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Green Acres” and “Hee Haw” were in their prime.

Apparently, the popularity of these programs has spilled over into the world of pornography.  A rep for GameLink.com, one of the biggest adult websites, has reportedly stated that the company has seen a 250% increase in “Southern, white-trashy porn titles” since 2010 … when the redneck reality shows began to take off.

Why do people enjoy these programs so much?  I’ll confess to watching one episode of Hillbilly Handfishin’ and thinking that it wasn’t real.  I thought, surely, we had stumbled upon an old episode of Saturday Night Live or some obscure movie on Comedy Central but, no, this was an actual television show.  I can’t imagine setting my DVR to capture these programs and I certainly don’t understand the attraction this niche of adult entertainment.

[Viewers watch out of a] “desire to connect back to something that’s a little more raw and a little bit more real.” – Marjorie Kaplan, President and General Manager of Animal Planet

I can’t help but wonder if these adult movies are as tragic as their television counterparts.  I presume the titles alone would bring fits of unintended giggles.

Awkward.

Hopefully, the fad will pass soon and these television programs will grow tiresome.  Perhaps the next new reality television genre will start with a program alone the lines of Speaking the Queen’s English for Fun and Money.

 

Perhaps a new renaissance will bring about the demise of Kuntry Tawk Day.

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6 Comments
  1. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s an addendum to the book of Crazy.

  2. Some of us live in the middle of the land of crazy…. And what they show on TV ain’t nothin’ to what really goes on in these parts.

  3. Def a best post of the week – I enjoyed the read.

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  4. I guess if people can watch the train wrecks on “Jersey Shore” and some variation of “Housewives from Someplace,” they can just as easily watch the trainwrecks in the backwoods. As for the porn part I cannot speak to that. I guess the content of these shows are obscene enough to prevent me from watching. What is the old line? – “It is better to be silent and let people think you the fool, than speak and remove all doubt.” I think it might apply to these shows. Have a good one. BTG

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