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March 10, 2008 10:48 PM   Subscribe

By now, most of us latte-sipping, Obama-voting, Neutral-Milk-Hoteling nonces has already had a nice self-deprecating chuckle at the aforementioned blog-sensation-of-the-week Stuff White People Like, with its pat descriptions of the white folk's endless love for sushi and The Sopranos.... but now, let's have another chortle at the expense of our obvious inferiors with Stuff White Trash People Like. Its still a new site, but there's potential there.
posted by ELF Radio (49 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: I still contend that the original is funny, but all these derivatives are lazy and lame -- mathowie



 
Really? Again?
posted by tkolar at 10:49 PM on March 10, 2008


This dood just stole some Jeff Foxworthy "You Might Be a Redneck" jokes and put it in a blog. Total trailer park FAIL.
posted by wendell at 10:53 PM on March 10, 2008


Really? Again?

Stuff MeFites Don't Like
posted by Poolio at 10:53 PM on March 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Pelts with rocks and garbage for failing.
posted by tellurian at 10:54 PM on March 10, 2008


This is the funniest site of the year, and this post needs to stay.

Okay, so it's only March, but still...
posted by dhammond at 10:54 PM on March 10, 2008


Ugh. A shallow ripoff of an already shallow site pandering to people who laugh at broad stereotypes, here replacing the generalized taste of the young, white, and middle class with the generalized taste of poor white people. The latter group, I might point out, is already one of the most despised and reviled groups in this country, an easy target for lazy and talentless comics whose idea of being funny is to tell bullying jokes mocking those who have less power than they do.

That being said, it's a pretty funny fucking site.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:59 PM on March 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Let's do Latinos next.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 11:01 PM on March 10, 2008


Let's do Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America next.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:02 PM on March 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


By now, most of us latte-sipping, Obama-voting, Neutral-Milk-Hoteling nonces has already had a nice self-deprecating chuckle...

Boy, ain'chew got no edjahcayshun? Yew grow up in a trailer or sumpin?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:05 PM on March 10, 2008


Ah, f*ck. I changed "Each one of us" to "most of us" and neglected to change the verb.

MY BAD, okay?
posted by ELF Radio at 11:07 PM on March 10, 2008


And you don't know how to spell "feck" neither!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:08 PM on March 10, 2008


The snarking will not be complete unless every comment is prefaced with "We don't cotton to..."
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 11:09 PM on March 10, 2008


There is a big difference between Stuff White People Like and Stuff White Trash People Like. Stuff White People Like was pushing the line by marking (mocking?) the unmarked category. By selecting and making fun of the marked group within, it (arguably, of course) crosses the line from being ironic or funny to simply stereotyping. It's lazy, and it's borrowed interest, and it's not the best of the web.
posted by iamkimiam at 11:11 PM on March 10, 2008


We could, but I don't like much of anything. Latinos are so full of passion and life, though. I'm sure they like all sorts of things.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 11:12 PM on March 10, 2008


Let's do Latinos next.

Ned Holness Carlos Mencia already beat us to it.
posted by Poolio at 11:14 PM on March 10, 2008


THEY MOTHERFUCKING DRIVE LIKE THIS OK? THEY MOTHERFUCKING DRIVE LIKE THIS!
posted by klangklangston at 11:21 PM on March 10, 2008


LOL-POOR-PEOPLE, amirite? Hahaha black lung a d mesothelioma from back-breaking blue-collar work.
posted by orthogonality at 11:27 PM on March 10, 2008 [3 favorites]


It's a shame the weblog "form" encourages people to think a post a day is necessary.

The only entries on this blog that aren't tired, demeaning stereotypes are the ones about Olive Garden and "colleges they didn't attend." (You could probably argue they're demeaning, but at least we haven't heard them a million times before.) Not incidentally, these are also the only funny entries. That's a pretty mediocre signal-to-noise ratio, and one that could be improved by only making posts when they actually think of an original idea.
posted by Bizurke at 11:29 PM on March 10, 2008


There is a big difference between Stuff White People Like and Stuff White Trash People Like. Stuff White People Like was pushing the line by marking (mocking?) the unmarked category. By selecting and making fun of the marked group within, it (arguably, of course) crosses the line from being ironic or funny to simply stereotyping. It's lazy, and it's borrowed interest, and it's not the best of the web.

Exactly. What's more, the Stuff White People Like blog was created by a middle-class white person who happens to identify with the stereotypes he's posted. He's making fun of himself and his peers. He even includes photographs of himself in some of the posts. (Read more about him in this interview

As a person of color, I found SWPL to be insightful and hilarious, but I could understand why some of my white friends did not feel that way. This SWTPL site, however, is offensive. It's the same old tired shitty stereotypes, and I doubt that the author of this blog personally identifies with this particular subculture.

I'm not even sure why I'm writing such a lengthy comment, as I'm sure that this post will be flagged and long gone before I even finish writing here. Oh well.
posted by chara at 11:31 PM on March 10, 2008 [2 favorites]


This is obviously not written by someone white trash*.

Missing: WAFFLE HOUSE.

Also missing: CHAIN SMOKING AT WAFFLE HOUSE or simply CHAIN SMOKING.


Even more missing:

Spending more on your bass boat then you did on your house, or truck. Which are usually both on wheels. Or sometimes even the same damn thing.

Beer, as in "Hey, hold my beer..."

Shootin' things.

Shootin' things that be varmints.

Shootin' things that be varmints and is food.

Lighting things on fire.

Lighting things on fire that be varmints and/or food.


Seriously, it's like shooting fish in, err, a barrel.


*I am not technically "white trash", but merely an honorary member whom has been awarded membership a number of times. Most recently it was bestowed by an alarmingly enthusiastic man in a Confederate flag baseball cap, while passing through the Deep South on a Greyhound bus, for the brave act of polishing off the half a can of Spam he offered me by way of my pocket knife and a handful of Saltines to the cheers of everyone on board - if only because it got him to shut the hell up for at least fifteen minutes.
posted by loquacious at 11:33 PM on March 10, 2008


Fuck. You.

Thanks, though, I mean the Franzia bit was high larious. Most of my white trash relatives don't even drink wine. In fact, an upscale restaurant I worked at used that as the house wine. That's really funny, huh? All those yuppies coming in drinking Franzia!? And they never knew it!

But really.

Fuck you.
posted by sleepy pete at 11:33 PM on March 10, 2008


Let's do Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America next.

I'm not touching that with a twenty foot pole.
posted by loquacious at 11:36 PM on March 10, 2008


Are you kidding me with this? I hope the real mods didn't go to bed early.
posted by Midnight Mod at 11:36 PM on March 10, 2008


Painful.
posted by LarryC at 11:37 PM on March 10, 2008


...whom has been...

Why gol'dern it, loh-kway-shuss, looks like yew ain't been tah collitch neither!

I knew there wuz sumpin' I liked about'chew, boy!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:41 PM on March 10, 2008


Stuff White People Like is almost as good as Apartment Therapy. Thanks for the handy lifestyle guide!



Seriously, I like all the things that white people like in Things White People Like. As a White Person, I find this reassuring, to know that my tribe is out there, longing for architecturally designed furniture, sending their offspring to French Immersion, and being able to scan the status of a T shirt through its age and imagery.

Oh lord.
posted by jokeefe at 11:42 PM on March 10, 2008


Nigga please.
posted by three blind mice at 11:56 PM on March 10, 2008 [7 favorites]


...whom has been...

Why gol'dern it, loh-kway-shuss, looks like yew ain't been tah collitch neither!

Note: You are correcting the grammar of a post that contains a number of offensive stereotypes about "white trash" and/or "southerners" which is punctuated at the end by a tale about eating uncooked SPAM out of a can on a Greyhound bus.

As long as we're both clear on this concept - that is all.
posted by loquacious at 11:58 PM on March 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


most of us latte-sipping, Obama-voting, Neutral-Milk-Hoteling nonces

Holy god, that word is so stunningly inappropriate right there. Do you even know what that word means?
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:02 AM on March 11, 2008


Somebody emailed me the link to Stuff White People Like, promising a site full of hilarity. After reading the blog for some time, I was struck by two thoughts - one, that all the entries are absolutely true, and two, had somebody not told me that it was supposed to be funny, I never would have guessed. If anything, I would have pegged it as an ethnography.
posted by Afroblanco at 12:06 AM on March 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


I was a bit confused too, since "latte-sipping, Obama-voting, Neutral-Milk-Hoteling child-fuckers" actually works better, in my mind. You know, the whole hyphen thing.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 12:07 AM on March 11, 2008


Can we get some educated MeFites of color to weight in on this one? It is, I think, a bit more provocative (not to mention better written) than the white trash one.
posted by infinitywaltz at 12:07 AM on March 11, 2008


As long as we're both clear on this concept - that is all.

Aww, I wuz jus' havin' a little fun is all. Cain'tcha take a joke? I'm tellin' yew, folks round here sher are touchy when it comes tah and all...

Tell yew whut, though, buddy, I'm from the South, born and raised, and that ain't no concept. But'chew keep eatin' that Spam and sooner'r'later yew'll get it.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:18 AM on March 11, 2008


If the awesomely lame SWTPL link doesn't get deleted after all the special effort expended to keep SWPL off of the blue, well.... that's awesomely lame, sir.
posted by dgaicun at 12:18 AM on March 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


That is, when it comes to grammar and all.

I fergot the word.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:20 AM on March 11, 2008


Loq, I've eaten SPAM both raw and cooked and I hear ya, brother. Cooked is much better and I hear it's very popular in Hawaii. I've also done the Greyhound rides and was once protected by a biker guy who set down a clanking bag of probable weaponry by my side to keep me safe in Montgomery, Alabama at 2am when I was 20 years old. He also offered to get me stoned at the Memphis stop before that, but that's another story.

People make fun of other people sometimes.

Once most people figure out that poor+southern =/= white trash, well, we'll all be on the way to giving understanding to all. Personally, being both poor and southern, I don't expect that any time soon, but it would be nice.

The only other thing I have to say is that both of the posts made me chuckle from the "truthiness."

To quote MetaTalk, everyone needs a hug. So, hugs all around.
posted by lilywing13 at 12:20 AM on March 11, 2008


Best of the web? You kidding me? Is this site run by your sister or something, that's why you posted it?
posted by thedaniel at 12:21 AM on March 11, 2008


Oh, ELF Radio. Thank you for playing, but this will absolutely not. I mean, we had 508 comments discussing the deletion of the better of your two links. That its blogroll includes Stuff Educated Black People Like... this will end as soon as a mod digs this post out from under the avalanche of flags.
posted by mumkin at 12:30 AM on March 11, 2008


Hah, I'm Lolita, and this here's Tanqueray.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:36 AM on March 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


stuff_____peoplelike.wordpress.com really, really, really needs to shut up.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:38 AM on March 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


As the inventor of the white trash gang sign, I approve of this post. Now I must go drink bourbon and eat corn products.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:45 AM on March 11, 2008


Aww, I wuz jus' havin' a little fun is all. Cain'tcha take a joke? I'm tellin' yew, folks round here sher are touchy when it comes tah and all...

Dude, did you just call me a Jew? WTF?

Tell yew whut, though, buddy, I'm from the South, born and raised, and that ain't no concept. But'chew keep eatin' that Spam and sooner'r'later yew'll get it.

*thumbs through translation dictionary rapidly*

I ate already, thanks. My badger is fine, as is my fishing boat and mom. I would love a glass of bourbon. No rocks. Sorry to hear about your dog, and your guitar. Nice peaches!

lilywing13 wrote:
Loq, I've eaten SPAM both raw and cooked and I hear ya, brother. Cooked is much better and I hear it's very popular in Hawaii. I've also done the Greyhound rides and was once protected by a biker guy who set down a clanking bag of probable weaponry by my side to keep me safe in Montgomery, Alabama at 2am when I was 20 years old. He also offered to get me stoned at the Memphis stop before that, but that's another story.


I dunno, I kind of prefer uncooked spam to cooked spam, really. It just seems to get even spammier when you cook it or heat it.

And I'd always heard horror stories about Greyhound in the south, but it wasn't nearly as bad as it is, say, in Texas or California. Quite pleasant, really. Folks were nice. Perhaps even a bit more genteel or mannered then we are out here in the West, at least as far as Greyhound ridership goes.
posted by loquacious at 1:06 AM on March 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


Why is boxed wine on there? A lot of more expensive wine makers are starting to put their wine in boxes because it keeps air out longer it keeps the wine better longer.
posted by lilkeith07 at 1:24 AM on March 11, 2008


I like poo.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 1:41 AM on March 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


Well, I like deep fried poo. So you can just go straight back to France, Pierre!
posted by maryh at 1:53 AM on March 11, 2008


They left off the whole cousin-lovin' thing. Meh.

However, I will say that seeing a blurry photo of a crazed football fan wearing a West Fuckin' Virginia shirt filled me with dread.

*kisses ground*
posted by chuckdarwin at 2:20 AM on March 11, 2008


Dude, did you just call me a Jew? WTF?

Now come on, loq, you know me better than that! Let's stop all this fussin' right now and go get a bite. Jew eat lunch yet?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:02 AM on March 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


stuffwhitepeoplelike
stuffblackpeoplelike
stuffwhitetrashpeoplelike
stuffeducatedblackpeoplelike

Maybe just those four stuck out in my head, but it strikes me there's an implication there that (by default) black people aren't educated, and that (by default) white people aren't trash.

I know some of these are genuine self-depreciating humour, but the latter additions to the fold seem to be implying a certain agenda. (on preview, I realise the last two bear no authorial connection to the first two)

Casual racism looking for a book deal?
posted by davemee at 3:28 AM on March 11, 2008


Where are all the trash people? I came here looking for the trash people.

This site is a scam.
posted by monocot at 3:41 AM on March 11, 2008


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