Before television hillbillies arrived on the scene much of the non-hillbilly world knew very little about these elusive people. I mean, have you ever seen National Geographic go film any crazy hillbillies?
The most well known hillbilly show, of course, was the Beverly Hillbillies. Many other fine educational programs designed to inform the world about the fine points of hillbilly life were produced over the years. Millions of people learned what a hillbilly was and how they behaved while they sat in front of their TVs. It was educational programming for the non-hillbilly (hillbilly challenged?) which presented a true life picture of hillbilly behavior.
Great educational classics such as Li’l Abner and Ma and Pa Kettle paved the way for a brighter future for humanity by providing the world with a historically and culturally accurate depiction of the hillbilly in his (or her) native habitat.
One of my favorite programs was Hee Haw which was hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark and featured both the ugliest and the prettiest of the hillbilly women folk as well as the smartest and the dumbest hillbillies in general. Take Junior Samples for example, that man was a genius and a master car salesman. And what about Grandpa Jones? He showed the world what hillbillies like to eat. When we combine this esoteric knowledge with what the Beverly Hillbillies taught us we can have a well rounded idea of what motivates a hillbilly to make a trip to the outhouse. If you are really interested in the Hee Haw show you can read more about it at www.squidoo.com/heehaw
In the 1960s Hanna Barbera introduced the Hillbilly Bears. It was felt that most of the hillbilly educational programs were aimed toward older audiences so the cartoon couple took upon themselves the task of helping the non-hillbilly children of the world learn about real hillbilly life. The Hillbilly Bears was instrumental in the success and advancement of our great nations project to help non-hillbilly children laugh and learn as much as the grown ups. Thanks to Hanna Barbera children no longer had to wait until they grew up to learn how crazy hillbillies are.
Well, if you have read this far you may be thinking, “what a jerk!” Rest assured that I am only kidding, but the fact is that millions of people did watch the Beverly Hillbillies and shows like it and they did come to think that what they saw was representative of how hillbillies were in real life. This was too true for a lot of my cousins who lived in Ohio (that foreign land on the other side of the river).
This has been a facetious look at stereotypes and hillbillies has been brought to you by the makers of Possum Treat.
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Written by David Slone, Copyright 2008 all rights reserved and may not be copied or republished in any way without express permission.