The list of hillbilly stereotypes is long and mostly undeserved. It is not true that every hillbilly kills their dinner with their old pickup truck. It is not true that they’re all related or uneducated. They’re not stuck out in the middle of nowhere anymore either. They have come to live in the big cities, everywhere. They shop at grocery stores and watch the same TV we all do. Though our views of the world may differ from that of a true hillbilly, we do still live in the same world. Actually, we all live in the same country.
For all the processed meats in a can, what is so wrong with wanting to know where your food comes from? At least if you hit the possum, you know what wood it lived in and you don’t have to worry about additives that can kill you. Sure beats reading all them labels at the store, but hillbillies actually shop at Wal-Mart with the rest of us. Why go through all that trouble of sitting and waiting for a possum to cross the road?
Ever meet someone who could really say “I am my own Grandpa”? I doubt it. Yet we have this picture in our heads that everyone in the Appalachians or Ozarks is related to each other. Far be it for me to discredit years of beliefs, but it really just isn’t true. The mountains are not full of the characters from The Hills Have Eyes or Wrong Turn. Hillbillies go to the dentist and everything. If only there was one movie that actually put hillbillies in a good light, maybe they wouldn’t have to live with all these stereotypes. We obviously base so many of our stereotypes on how Hollywood portrays a group of people.
One major stereotype of a hillbilly is that they are so poor they have to live off the land. In the real world, we call them farmers. If you ask me, there is nothing wrong with doing a hard day of work, and taking pride in what you do. Who cares if you don’t have everything you want when you have everything you need. There is nothing wrong with a person who is happy with who they are. There are a LOT of us who are poorer these days than we want to be. Maybe hillbillies have one up on us. They are perfectly content with having antenna TV instead of cable, at least until digital transition day.
So what have we learned? Well, it’s not good to judge a book by its cover, or a hillbilly by their overalls. Everybody is just trying to live their own life. The world is smaller now and you never know when you might run into a hillbilly, even in a big city. Remember, wherever you live, you’re “down south” from someone else and you never know what stereotype they put on you.
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