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The greatest video in the history of the internet... Warning: embedded quicktime, severe hillbilly imagery. Via
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May take a minute or two to load. I usually have a policy against posting things that have been on boingboing, but I just liked this so much I couldn't resist.
posted by jonson at 9:03 AM on August 13, 2005


I think you may be right.

I don't recon I've ever seen a skunk hump a dog before.
posted by ph00dz at 9:05 AM on August 13, 2005


I was prepared to hate this.

I didn't. Yeee-haw.
posted by ColdChef at 9:05 AM on August 13, 2005


Or maybe it was a racoon. Some varmint.
posted by ph00dz at 9:07 AM on August 13, 2005


I had no idea rednecks and hicks had some horrible ADD.

I got dizzy towards the end of that. But lots of fabulous imagery to digest now. Why do I have a sudden powerful craving for cheap beer, a broken pickup truck for my three dogs to stand on and bark and some fatback?

Damn, there must have been some subliminal imagery in there.
posted by fenriq at 9:11 AM on August 13, 2005


I may be in trouble that I can't seem to stop watching it. My favorite section is either the parade of hillbilly honeys with guns, or the trucker cap montage.
posted by jonson at 9:11 AM on August 13, 2005


Really close to the end, there is a "Last Supper" scene with Jesus and the boys enjoying Marlboros and Wild Turkey. Magnificent!

(I just sent this to all my hillbilly friends. Yes, we have email now.)
posted by ColdChef at 9:17 AM on August 13, 2005


There will be some people who will soon say in this thread that "Oh, picking on the Southern people again. Fuh-nee. Reverse racism!"

But, I just sent this to the biggest, most stereotypical redneck I know and his reply was, "Fuck yeah!" So...there's that.
posted by ColdChef at 9:20 AM on August 13, 2005


as bocephus said, "a country boy will survive"
posted by pyramid termite at 9:20 AM on August 13, 2005


i don't get it.
posted by glenwood at 9:25 AM on August 13, 2005


i don't think it's reverse racism but i don't think picking on poor people is funny either. maybe i'm just humorless today.
posted by glenwood at 9:26 AM on August 13, 2005


I'd recommend not watching it frame-by-frame. I got a quarter of the way through and was overwhelmed by a disturbing sense of the disconnect between Nascar America and Sex In The City America.
posted by VulcanMike at 9:35 AM on August 13, 2005


I WOULD recommend watching it frame by frame. If, for nothing else, the chance to see the deer-butthole doorbell.
posted by ColdChef at 9:38 AM on August 13, 2005


Still doing the via thing huh.

On first glance it appears to be a creative (as in agency, firm, etc) invite to a company promotional BBQ. So the theming is great and all and it's quite a chuckle. I just wish they kept to the initial theme -- the first 10 seconds or so all build up great and this could be a showcase of off the wall pictures in a southern theme, but then it goes in and references pop culture (ok, if it's a tv creative I can see a point here), then dips into the whole holier-than-thou thing with several Bush (thus anti-Bush by association) and pop culture references. In short I think it washes itself out instead of remaining truly poignant and neat. Still a good time, tho..
posted by cavalier at 9:39 AM on August 13, 2005


Almost all humour is picking on somebody glenwood, so I'd say you're a humourless asshole. But I won't, because that might be offensive.
posted by substrate at 9:40 AM on August 13, 2005


Hit submit too fast, Went back and rewatched and it's really the first 45 seconds that are a gem. Every verse has a theme and it's pretty neat. It's when Deliverance really kicks in that they just start throwing Britney, Bush, etc, in.. owel. What am I harping about, it's a Portland creative company promo and not a work of art. (Sounds of Portland creative dir crying somewhere)
posted by cavalier at 9:42 AM on August 13, 2005


What's fatback?
posted by nthdegx at 9:59 AM on August 13, 2005


What's fatback?

I believe it is a back that is fat ;-)
posted by jaronson at 10:08 AM on August 13, 2005


Fatback
posted by chiababe at 10:12 AM on August 13, 2005


This is a collection of poor quality images of rednecks, mulletheads, and other broke-*ss middle Americans advancing to the beat of a banjo.

Sorry, but I don't see what's so funny about a photo montage of everyday Republicans. It just creeps me out.

In the future, if you're going to post something like this, please also post links to information on how to apply for citizenship in the EU, just to keep some hope alive. Thanks.
posted by Davenhill at 10:21 AM on August 13, 2005


Fatback is delicious. Really.
posted by ColdChef at 10:23 AM on August 13, 2005


cavalier, I totally see your point, but remember, when the images start coming fast & furious, it'd require a tremendous number of perfectly themed graphics to keep the trend going. At that point it just becomes a crazy pastiche and what few images linger (bush/cheney hat, girls w/guns) are maybe not as perfectly chosen, but I'm okay with the sudden qty overload; it mirrors the crazy breakdown in the song.
posted by jonson at 10:24 AM on August 13, 2005


It's official:

Poor (White) people are hilarious. Bonus if they're Xtian.

Can we get some video feed of some "Niggers" worshipin' the Lawd while eating hog intestines and dribbling basketballs to the music of Al Jolson, STAT?

Almost all humour is picking on somebody

I'd agree. Completely. But MeFites at large are abso-fuckin-lutely notorious for being humorless when it comes to making light of any non-white parties, and the words Racist, Homophobe & Misogynist are, often nonsensically, thrown around without a second thought. Try posting about, say, the pranks played on Nigerian email scammers and see how many call it 'Racist'. Now that's comedy.

Wait--what am I saying... the video was funny.


/just playing the white Al Sharpton role this morning
posted by dhoyt at 10:24 AM on August 13, 2005


Also, not to get too political, but Davenhill, before you start feeling too superior, remember that up until 1960, these "everyday Republicans" were everyday democrats.
posted by jonson at 10:25 AM on August 13, 2005


Okay, all debate aside, I'll admit that the deer-butthole doorbell is sweet. Thanks for the reminder, ColdChef.
posted by VulcanMike at 10:29 AM on August 13, 2005


About halfway through, I was going to grumble about this being another needless bashing of the South....but...by the end....it's almost a glorious celebration all things hick.

I love it.
posted by dougunderscorenelso at 10:31 AM on August 13, 2005


See, told you.
posted by ColdChef at 10:32 AM on August 13, 2005


How is putting up a bunch of images of people picking on them? Aside from the obvious Deliverance reference, there's no comment by the producer. It Seems that a lot of them are proud and posing for the photos.
posted by jeblis at 10:36 AM on August 13, 2005


davenhill, some of those people are probably democrats ... and it didn't strike me as quaint or funny, because there are people like that around where i live in michigan ... at work, they have a nascar pool ... and most of them hate bush

but i guess people would rather keep things simple than deal with a messy thing like reality ...
posted by pyramid termite at 10:38 AM on August 13, 2005


I'm normally quick to rant about elitism and prejudice against Southerners here, but I enjoyed that. And now I want some barbecue. Real bad.
posted by languagehat at 10:42 AM on August 13, 2005


That wasn't a video, it was a slide show in MOV form. And the images went by so fast I could barely form any opinion. How would I watch it frame-by-frame on Linux so I can know whether to be offended or not? (I did get the impression that some images I'd object to and some I might even like.)
posted by davy at 10:48 AM on August 13, 2005


How is putting up a bunch of images of people picking on them? Aside from the obvious Deliverance reference, there's no comment by the producer. It Seems that a lot of them are proud and posing for the photos.

Hell, noble Injuns should want to be human mascots for football -- they should be proud! Look at them pose for photos. Note: FSU's 'Chief Osceola' is often portrayed by White students painted in Injun-face, not tribal elders
posted by dhoyt at 10:49 AM on August 13, 2005


Jokes about REDNECKS: NOT funny!
posted by IndpMed at 11:01 AM on August 13, 2005


Hell, noble Injuns should want to be human mascots for football

Huh? Is there anywhere in this slideshow where someone says let's have a team called "white trash?" It's just a bunch of funny photos mashed together w/o comment. I doubt Native Americans think we're racist because photos were taken of them.
posted by jeblis at 11:03 AM on August 13, 2005


I don't see them as being mocked for being Southerners (there's nothing especially Southern about redneckism, by the way, which a quick trip to rural Minnesota, with its fields of pickup trucks and mullets, will show) or for being poor (its not as though these were Depression-era photos; instead, quite a few of the photos display conspicuous consumption, and redneckism has quite a following in the Middle Class). If anything, the video mocks white trash for being so tasteless. But anything that also includes images of the glorious Dolly Parton cannot entirely be about tastelessness.
posted by maxsparber at 11:04 AM on August 13, 2005


So, only rednecks hunt and pose with their weapons next to a kill? Or drive SUVs?
posted by c13 at 11:16 AM on August 13, 2005


Perhaps Southerners should be more offended that a bunch of shots of bad teeth and hair makes people think of the South...
posted by Hildegarde at 11:24 AM on August 13, 2005


Excellent point, Hildegarde...
posted by jonson at 11:25 AM on August 13, 2005


Davy, I watched this frame by frame last night, and there isn't really anything truly offensive in there.
posted by interrobang at 11:26 AM on August 13, 2005


Some of the images are pretty awesome. That said, it's not just a collection of pictures- it's set to the theme from Deliverance. And it just keeps going... and going... and oh, there's Bush again...

It's just a bunch of funny photos mashed together w/o comment. I doubt Native Americans think we're racist because photos were taken of them.

They might if you set them to, say, the theme from Pocahantas.

This thing could have been about 12 frames and really funny. Instead, it just drags into lame "point-and-laugh" elitism.

Fatback is awesome.
posted by mkultra at 11:26 AM on August 13, 2005


I still don't get how picking on "white trash" or "rednecks" could be considered racist. The only thing seperating them from the rest of the white population is the culture a person chooses. Yes there certainly is somewhat class/culture struggle here, but I wouldn't consider it a race issue. So I don't think the "nigger" or "indian" comparisons are apropo.
posted by jeblis at 11:32 AM on August 13, 2005


I didn't realize Dueling Banjos was the theme song for the American south, either. Good to know.
posted by Hildegarde at 11:32 AM on August 13, 2005


Dueling Banjos...
Maxwell's Silver Hammer...
This Land Is Your Land...

They just don't make music that you can turn into a decent web animation like they used to.
posted by wendell at 11:44 AM on August 13, 2005


Down here in New Orleans, you would think that "I'm a Soul Man" was the theme to the south. At least, its what every crappy bar band on Bourbon Street plays continually, only occasionally interrupting themselves to play a Janis Joplin tune.
posted by maxsparber at 11:48 AM on August 13, 2005


I know I should say something, but I'm speechless.
posted by realcountrymusic at 11:48 AM on August 13, 2005


Of course you're speechless, realcountrymusic, it's an instrumental!
posted by wendell at 11:49 AM on August 13, 2005


I'm busy emailing this link to all my neck friends as we speak who will find it hilllarious.

Half of y'all will never realize we get the joke more than you do.
posted by jcking77 at 11:51 AM on August 13, 2005


never realize we get the joke more than you do

I realize it. I wrote a book about it, but won't self link. This will be a big hit in Texas this week when I get done sending it around.
posted by realcountrymusic at 11:55 AM on August 13, 2005


Waaah waah waaah I feel oppressinated...

Y'all sound like a bunch of lily-livered Yanks.
posted by fungible at 11:59 AM on August 13, 2005


Yeah, my buddy in McKinney sent it to all his friends with the subject line "[your family name] reunion photos"
posted by jonson at 11:59 AM on August 13, 2005


Dude, you can self link in comments. What's the book?
posted by ericost at 12:01 PM on August 13, 2005


I was thankful for the strategically-placed Confederate flags.
posted by kirkaracha at 12:54 PM on August 13, 2005


Oh my gawd that little 'ol gal was sure cute, back when she had mor'n half her teeth.
posted by Oyéah at 12:58 PM on August 13, 2005


I think it's hilarious, sent it to all my friends too - and I live in Appalachia.
posted by mygothlaundry at 1:02 PM on August 13, 2005


I don't know where anyone got the idea this was strictly about the South. I saw snow, an Iowa license plate, a Minnesota website, an elk and a moose. Rednecks are everywhere. These scene are as likely to occur in Ohio, Illinois, Indian, Michigan, etc. as anywhere else. Or, for that matter, upstate NY.
posted by Carbolic at 1:04 PM on August 13, 2005


If you don't think jokes about rednecks are funny, you might be a redneck.

(Plus anyone who has ever lived in not one but two trailers in his or her life (as I have) is entitled to poke a little fun -- and it's not about the income, it's about the attitude.)
posted by Toecutter at 1:59 PM on August 13, 2005


dhoyt, you really think it's cool to use the n-word as long as it's in quotes?

i see your true colors shining through, there, boy. and your anti-mefite rant was truly unwarranted.
posted by Hat Maui at 2:03 PM on August 13, 2005


How would I watch it frame-by-frame on Linux so I can know whether to be offended or not?

Type { in mplayer. Wow, I have something to contribute!
posted by Aknaton at 2:07 PM on August 13, 2005


Frame by frame reveals some jewels. The guy with a "3" shaved into his backhair had me cracking up for hours.

As far as it not being just about the South, the last picture looked like it was from Thailand.
posted by jcking77 at 2:09 PM on August 13, 2005


I had two uncles named Bud. Good times.

Seriously, I noticed that many of the photos were of people in redneck costume... but probably 70% were the real thing. Both were equally funny. There needed to be a photo of ambrosia salad included though.
posted by miss lynnster at 2:15 PM on August 13, 2005


That's weird, half of my comment got deleted.

What I said was that half of the people were in redneck costume & half were the real thing, yet I found them both equally funny.
posted by miss lynnster at 2:16 PM on August 13, 2005


You Might Be A Redneck if...
posted by ericb at 2:20 PM on August 13, 2005


I had an Uncle Bud and an Uncle Jack, real names Harry and John, both from Ohio.

I didn't think of this as anything other than a sweeping indictment of people who enjoy BarBeQue. Isn't that the common thread?
posted by wendell at 2:22 PM on August 13, 2005


Oh, and I think they like Roller Derby too.
posted by wendell at 2:23 PM on August 13, 2005


Carbolic: Or, for that matter, upstate NY.

not sure if you meant it, but incidentally, the 5th to last picture [ "ON THE PHONE" with mullet pic ] is right in the middle of upstate NY
posted by arialblack at 2:29 PM on August 13, 2005


I think I am having a seizure. yee-hawah;leyihail;(death)
posted by adrober at 2:29 PM on August 13, 2005


This isn't offensive; it's just trite. Do redneck jokes ever get old? Using the breakdown from Deliverance to conjure the country exotic might have been funny 30-years-ago, back when the kernels of Jeff Foxworthy's routine were ripening in Hee Haw's cornfield and blackface routines could still be seen in Hollywood movies (oh, wait).

It is my judgment that you will all be absolved of this guilty pleasure if you see the movie Junebug.
posted by eatitlive at 3:16 PM on August 13, 2005


it's outrageous ... i went to the kalamazoo county fair today and they had two different girls singing "redneck girl" at the kareoke contest ...

why i bet even the 4-h chickens and pigs were offended by that

they even had horse shit on the driveways

y'all should go over there and raise their consciousness or something ... they're exploiting themselves ruthlessly with that exhibition of theirs

i even saw a few bush bumper stickers and two mormon missionaries ... it's a den of shameless mockery of country people ... someone should do something
posted by pyramid termite at 3:27 PM on August 13, 2005


As a Canadian, you just validated every American stereotype I ever had.
posted by disgruntled at 4:19 PM on August 13, 2005


Eatitlive, don't get your mullet in a tangle -- Shakespeare thought comic rustics were funny four hundred years ago.

:)
posted by Toecutter at 4:37 PM on August 13, 2005


Oh, come off it digruntled... you don't think we have rednecks too?
posted by bumpkin at 4:38 PM on August 13, 2005


Ignorance is widespread (rm file)
posted by strawberryviagra at 4:49 PM on August 13, 2005


Bumpkin, they live in Newfoundland. On the road to L'anseaux Meadows, I once witnessed with my own eyes some newfies hunting moose from the back of a slowly moving pickup truck. (And no, that's not from the J. Peterman catalogue.)
posted by Toecutter at 4:55 PM on August 13, 2005


Jeez, there's some fun frame-by-frame stuff in there...

:14 - Guy bagged a big fuckin' bear.
:24 - Car in snow with Iowa plates--proof that rednecks are everywhere.
:42 - No way that kid's smile isn't Photoshopped (x2).
:44 - Horseshoes with toilet lids. No kidding.
:44 - Dude on the left is 'leet.
:52 - Contender for Ugliest Dog Award.
:56 - Random B&W shot of a pretty dapper black guy (?)
:58 - A Very Brady NRA Photo
1:01 - Holy number 3.
1:15 - "Also, the bridge is out ahead."
1:22 - "Mature, Mumsy & Up For It!" --more proof that rednecks are a worldwide phenomenon.
1:25 - Big fuckin' moose.
1:26 - Big fuckin' belly button.
1:27 - Deer anus doorbell.
1:34 - Last Redneck Supper
1:37 - 'Koon rape.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 5:24 PM on August 13, 2005


1:33 - Deer driving Jeep with rednecks tied to the hood.
posted by disgruntled at 5:31 PM on August 13, 2005


Bumpkim - Yeah we have rednecks too, but our rednecks don't use toilet seats for horsehoes (1:33) - WTF?
posted by disgruntled at 5:33 PM on August 13, 2005



I've lived in Bronx, N. Y., Newark, N. J., Memphis, Tn.,
Jackson, Ms. and Fort Myers, Fl.
The deepest south I have experienced was in Ohio, Ind., Mich. and Ky.--Yeah, couple of those abrevs. are suspect.
posted by notreally at 6:11 PM on August 13, 2005


Redneckism seems to spring up in almost any rural environment — but often surprisingly close to an urban environment, including near-suburbs. I've seen mulletheads with pickup trucks and baseball caps throwing barbeques of meat they hunted in rural Louisiana and suburban Nebraska that were indistinguishable from each other. Many of them were firmly middle class as well. Of course, Northern rednecks tend to steer clear of the whole "South will rise again" thing, but they have their own issues.
posted by maxsparber at 6:43 PM on August 13, 2005


I don't see anything wrong with throwing Britney in there. She's always seemed incredibly trailer trash/redneck/unsophisticated rural white to me. I'm not from the US, isn't she viewed like that in the US?
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 6:46 PM on August 13, 2005


Toecutter, was that a typo? You wrote:
>If you don't think jokes about rednecks are funny, you might be a redneck.

I think you meant "you aren't" there.

My cousin called my dad Unc'l Bubba as long as he lived, and nobody thought it odd, if that helps frame this.

Do you know why rednecks have sloping shoulders and slanting foreheads, by the way? (I always brought this one out when someone 'round home started in on 'coon' jokes).

You ask'em a question, and (shrug)
You tell'em the answer, and (sound of one hand clapping forehead).

I never had even a serious racist get angry with me when I told that joke -- a double take, a moment's grace note, and a nod and an "I get ya" was the usual answer, before the race-baiting stopped.

Y'all have fun now.
posted by hank at 7:03 PM on August 13, 2005


As a Canadian, you just validated every American stereotype I ever had.

Ah, but our Canadian friends aren't without their redneck humor.
posted by ericb at 7:16 PM on August 13, 2005


Fantastic. Has the power of Bowie's "Young Americans" at the end of Dogville.
posted by ubueditor at 7:24 PM on August 13, 2005


Git off'a mah land!
I was just happy to see Jesco The Dancing Outlaw made it into the mix.
posted by Kloryne at 7:38 PM on August 13, 2005


Jokes about REDNECKS: NOT funny!
posted by IndpMed at 11:01 AM PST on August 13 [!]


You are: INCORRECT SIR!

(but nice use of the colon). Heh, I said colon.
posted by AspectRatio at 7:43 PM on August 13, 2005


Where I grew up, a mullet was a type of fish, not a hairstyle, though if you were to go to the annual Mullet Festival you'd see both types in abundance. Those in attendance were known as boggies, which makes me at least part-boggy.

And Britney Spears I can see in there, but Dolly Parton? Dolly is a classy, wonderful lady, not the sort of woman I'd put next to a deer anus.
posted by Marit at 7:43 PM on August 13, 2005


No deer anus doorbells in Dollywood.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 8:35 PM on August 13, 2005


I think it would have been more humorous if the song had been "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and it included photoshopped pictures of Kurt Cobain and a shotgun and Courtney Love flashing her breasts. Damn if ennui and depression doesn't make me chuckle. Oh, and lots of flannel. Flannel kills me.
posted by ?! at 8:58 PM on August 13, 2005


genetically distinct groups in Appalachia aka Melungeons. Kind of interesting.
posted by mecran01 at 9:03 PM on August 13, 2005


Eatitlive, don't get your mullet in a tangle -- Shakespeare thought comic rustics were funny four hundred years ago.

Where I grew up, they called it hockey hair (as seen here on #68, during a tender moment).
posted by eatitlive at 9:20 PM on August 13, 2005


Oh, and I think Shakespeare stole all those bits from Plautus, or fragments of some other Roman.
posted by eatitlive at 9:22 PM on August 13, 2005


:45 Young girls in ballet practice with rifles, and a guy with a weird mask in the background
:53 Naked guy on the toilet on the porch on the phone
:55 Dick Cheney?
1:22 Proof of the Shakespeare connection: UK porn Mothers-in-Law, "packed with the UK's rudest mother-in-laws!" (Odd that they spell the name of their own magazine wrong in the teaser.)
1:23 Hee-Haw! in Hell
1:25 Monster hearse
1:34 Redneck Last Supper
posted by kirkaracha at 11:23 PM on August 13, 2005


> As a Canadian, you just validated every American stereotype I ever had.

All - all - Canadians bungle their pronoun reference.
posted by jfuller at 5:56 AM on August 14, 2005


2 bets I'd like to make, 1. the people who made the movie love NASCAR and BBQ's, 2. The people who think this is offensive also find rap music offensive because it perpetuates "Bad" stereotypes about black people.

Anyway, I thought the funniest part was this sign.

"Closed sept. 7th, when my one and only daughter marries that sorry, no count, worthless, shiftless John Patterson"
posted by afu at 7:15 AM on August 14, 2005 [1 favorite]


Well done, jfuller, very astute and amusing. As an English major, you pointed out something I should have noticed.
posted by Toecutter at 11:01 AM on August 14, 2005


the ballet girls in rifles looked to me more Soviet than hill-billy ... still funny though.
posted by forforf at 1:29 PM on August 14, 2005


dammit jfuller, you beat me to it.

guess i'm jes' slow like that tho. where's my peanut butter?
posted by gorgor_balabala at 5:45 PM on August 16, 2005


toecutter, how do you know jfuller is an english major?

HA!!!
posted by gorgor_balabala at 5:46 PM on August 16, 2005


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