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Alright, so I've got a small paper due in the morning on harmful stereotypes in the advertising media. I'm thinking I'll do mine on white trash. I've already got the two examples I need (The Dukes of Hazard and Joe Dirt), but I was hoping for something a little better.<br><br>So, can anyone think of anything relatively current in the mass media that portrays white trash in a steroetypical fashion? Sorry if it seems like I'm asking you guys to do my homework (believe me, I'm not), [sucking up]but I just thought that if I got the great minds of MacMinute together on something, I might get some good results[/sucking up]. And besides, I'm getting a late start and cant find any examples that really grab me.<br><br>I'm sure this'll degrade into debauchery within two hours.<br><br>
#258372 - 11/30/0503:32 PMRe: White trash in the media
I'd do a paper on how the white guy in the commercial is never as clever as the black guy. Or how the snappy, sophisticated bitch-of-a-wife always treats her fat, balding husband like an idiot at the car dealer.<br><br>Or how advertising's idea of "all the races together in a one commercial about a fun night out at T.G.I. Appletuesday" are represented with three white guys and a black guy. Latinos and Asians must always eat at home.<br><br>I should complain about this more.<br><br>
Probably not of use to you, but here's what I hate:<br><br>The man-bashing of the jewelry commercials. <br><br>"Guys....you're not going to be able to get away with buying your wife a used car battery again this year...so take your dumb, stupid, unsophisticated, moronic self down to ______ Jewelers and spend all of your money."<br><br>Also, along the lines of what Sam mentioned.....it's the new Hollywood comedy template. <br><br>All white people are uncool, until they are scolded by the black character to be more hip and cool. By the end of the film, they have a gold chain, a sports jersey and are well-versed in the ways of the bliggityfoshizzle. <br><br>
Not to get too serious, but there's actually no shame in living in a trailer, a double-wide or even a trailer park. <br><br>The thing a lot of people don't understand about White Trash is that it is an entire culture...with a clearly defined set of behaviors, norms and so on. A lot of people mistakenly think modern white trash is like the country bumpkin/Jethro/Bubba set of yesteryear, but it's not that at all. <br><br>The most famous white trasher right now is Britney Spears, followed by Dog The Bounty Hunter on A&E. That's the most White Trash show on television. <br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>But then, we were aristocrats anyway - we had a double-wide!<p><hr></blockquote><p>Well! I've had two mobile homes, er, trailers in two parks. Does that equal one double-wide.<br><br>Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson
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