Having spent a lot of my youth in the Kentucky hills I grew up hearing and seeing all the stereotypes associated with “hillbillies” and country folk. While people have different ways of speaking and doing things in different parts of the world most of the stereotypes are greatly exaggerated and some aren’t even close.
These days the cultural differences among people from different parts of the US are growing smaller and smaller. It is as though the world is getting smaller. 30 years ago you might have to drive 25 miles of narrow, curving roads through the steep hills to get to a major store. Today the same person can just get on the “new” four lane highway and be there in less than 15 minutes as they drive in excess of 55 mph.
Cable and satellite television, free or low cost nationwide telephone calls and the Internet have also made the world, for all practical intents, a smaller place. Children are growing up with television and the world wide web and even those who live in the “boonies” are exposed to a much larger culture than were previous generations.
When I was a child we had 4 television channels including PBS. We received our signal from a network of antenna wire that was strung through the trees and up into the tops of the hills. I recall many times walking through those hills following that line looking for breaks, fallen tree limbs and other problems that caused us to lose our TV. Naturally this happened more in bad weather and especially in the winter months.
We had family up in Ohio so we often visited. I was always amused by what my cousins thought of Kentucky and the people. To them it was almost as if we were living in a different country. They believed television programs like the Beverly Hillbillies accurately depicted those living “south of the river”. Sometimes I played on their ignorance and exaggerated my accent and mentioned things like ‘possum stew. Recently I was in Brooklyn and was asked if it were true that some people in Kentucky ate ‘possum. I told the guy that yeah, everybody down there eats ‘possum but not more than two or three times a week. I never told him any different.
5 replies on “Hillbilly Stereotypes And Nutty Buckeyes”
Hey hun I agree with your blog it is great but yet at the same time there are hillbillies in every state whether they admit or not. Every one does think that the Beverly Hillbillies portrays us well but they dont and sometimes the hill billies are smarter then the smucks that think that they are so smart and us hill billies can survive from the land and know what it means to hunt and not have to depend on store food to feed us.
Anyway keep this up its great and one more thing I DO LOVE CRAZY HILL BILLIES
MMMMMMMMM! Road kill up ahead! Whats it look like to you? MMMMMMMMMM! Scrape it up! Tonight its possum stew! Theys still some gopher grease and buzzard eggs leftover! Yum Yum!
I think it is the North Pole that is causing all the problems. I mean the closer you get to the north pole it seems like the more northerners you will find! 😉 I know it might just be a coincidence but then again ya never know!
I live in Tennessee, I have lived here all my life. Appalachia people are different. I was raised without running water and we had a toilet outside. Life was hard but very enjoyable. I know lots of people, especially the older generation was not made to attend school so some are illiterate. The younger generation is made attend. Possum is a hard time food and I hate it as well as ground hog, yes I have ate those as well. Now we eat food just like everyone else in the US, with the exception of growing our own vegetables and beef and hogs and chickens. We get junk foods and condiments and soda and lots of different things from the store. People can say the lore isn’t true but I am living proof it still exists in a few remote places here..but we are not inbred or lazy or stupid. I am college educated and just remember President LIncoln grew up dirt poor and was considered extremley intelligent, smarts is not about how much money you have but rather your ability to learn and grow. Someday soon the world will need us country people to show them how to survive when the world goes haywire…so watch the sterotyping lol…..good thing we are friendly folks in the mountains !!
Fonda – Excellent comment! Just remember that this sit is just for fun. I am making fun of the stereotypes, not the people.
For the record I have killed my own hogs and chickens and have used an outhouse many many times as a youngster. Never ate possum or ground hog, but plenty of squirrel and rabbit