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Shintsu

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#1 11 years ago

I was recently watching a stand-up comedian on Comedy Central and part of his introduction was talking about how he came to America from Mexico. He talked about adapting to Texas and all, then he moved to Kentucky, and they show a bunch of guys out on a farm chasing him with shotguns and pitchforks, playing the stereotypical banjo music in the background. They proceeded to generally imply that Kentucky is full of rednecks who have sex with their sisters and the like.

I was on Craigslist for Louisville and came across this. Once again, more of the same stereotype. If I recollect correctly, Steven Seagal also made some sort of comment about Kentuckians all being barefooted pregnant rednecks. What is everyones major thing with Kentucky? I don't hear as much of this sort of thing being said about Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennesse, or any of the other states further south of us.

It's really infuriating when people have that sort of thought about us. I've only seen a few people that come close to this stereotype. Just like everyone makes fun of California and New Jersey for being gay states due to the large population of gays and having a gay governor respectively. Everyone thinks people from Texas are all Cowboys who know how to wrangle a bull and ride a horse.

Anyone else have any stereotypes that people say about your state/area that really irritate you?




Pb2Au

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#2 11 years ago

To a certain extent, stereotypes are necessary. They're essentially the raw material for comedians: take stereotypes away and there'd be no jokes, because a stereotype is understood or heard of by more people than anything else. I live in Texas, and have for the past 6 years. I hate to say it, but a lot of the stereotypes are true. Exaggerated, maybe, but a LOT of people here drive pickup trucks, wear boots, and speak in that absolutely annoying accent. In the backcountry and boondocks, I'm sure a lot of stereotypes originated that since began to be associated with entire states, such as Kentucky. To me, stereotypes are funny. They're easy to dispell: 5 minutes with someone and I can prove that Texan stereotypes do not apply to all residents of Texas. They have done me no harm, but give me a good laugh now and then when a comedian makes fun of a stereotype with a really good joke. So I say, what's the harm?




Strelok16

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#3 11 years ago

yeah exactly, the thing about California being a gay state might bug me except that first off, it doesnt fit me, and second, for the most part, its true! makes me ahsamed to live here sure, but doesnt bother me at all.




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#4 11 years ago

Well, I Once met an american who thought us canadians lived in Igloo's(wtf?) and another american who thought all canadians spoke french. Not really stereotypes, but something i found wierd. One stereotype though is that people think all canadians hockeyloving, beer drinkin, bar brawling, country hick rednecks, which is sad. Are americans not educated about canada or something? Cause learning about america and it's everyday problems is daily for me.




Shintsu

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#5 11 years ago

I dunno about the country hick rednecks part, but I've heard at least the others. Don't forget beavers and maple syrup lol, j/k.




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#6 11 years ago

Oklahoma sucks. It's not a stereotype. It's a fundamental truth.

Anyway, Comedians, I'm guessing you're talking about Carlos Mencia, that use stereotypes for their comedy, in my oppinion, lack originality.

I don't have a set view on any state, and know that I shouldn't judge until I've been there and gotten a good experience of said state.




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#7 11 years ago

Stereotypes are a human necessity. In the early days when nomadic people lived in small tribes, it was easy to know everyone in the world, or at least your world. Now, with the memory space designed to know fewer than 100 people, we are bombarded with the need to identify people and what they will be like quickly, so the mind develops stereotypes.




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#8 11 years ago

AegenemmnoN;3661838Oklahoma sucks. It's not a stereotype. It's a fundamental truth.

Anyway, Comedians, I'm guessing you're talking about Carlos Mencia, that use stereotypes for their comedy, in my oppinion, lack originality.

I don't have a set view on any state, and know that I shouldn't judge until I've been there and gotten a good experience of said state.

Oklahoma does suck! It sucks so much that it keeps Texas from falling into the Gulf of Mexico.

Sometimes stereotypes are based on truth.

Have you ever been to Arkansas? Lots of family trees that don't have any branches there.




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#9 11 years ago

buck up, to it....the rest of the world has with the stereotypes against them.

I myself dont stereotype too much though..although its in our humanity ro stereotype or descriminate in some way or another whether you mean it or not..alot of times I do it, its just for fun.




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#10 11 years ago
Pb2Au;3660645To a certain extent, stereotypes are necessary. They're essentially the raw material for comedians: take stereotypes away and there'd be no jokes, because a stereotype is understood or heard of by more people than anything else. I live in Texas, and have for the past 6 years. I hate to say it, but a lot of the stereotypes are true. Exaggerated, maybe, but a LOT of people here drive pickup trucks, wear boots, and speak in that absolutely annoying accent. In the backcountry and boondocks, I'm sure a lot of stereotypes originated that since began to be associated with entire states, such as Kentucky. To me, stereotypes are funny. They're easy to dispell: 5 minutes with someone and I can prove that Texan stereotypes do not apply to all residents of Texas. They have done me no harm, but give me a good laugh now and then when a comedian makes fun of a stereotype with a really good joke. So I say, what's the harm?

Agreed. You need stereotypes. No harm in having them around but the situation they are used in should be handled with care. If you throw them around too often or in the wrong situation then some people will be extremely offended. A joke is a joke aslong as isn't dragged on and on and on endlessly.