Jeff was my first teacher when he said, “If you have ever taken a beer to a job interview, you may be a Redneck.” Or, “ If you can burp and say your name at the same time, you may be a Redneck.” Now, cable TV has gotten into the joke. If your cable TV station is profiting on telling everyone how backward you are, you may be a Redneck. For some reason cable TV have become obsessed with Rednecks. Jeff Foxworthy was just way before his times on the matter.
What are Rednecks anyway? Well I can literally get a red neck swimming in the summer or when working in the garden from a painful sunburn. No, this apparently is a type of human species. Like the dolphins or whales. These Rednecks are typically lower middle class white southerners. I have proof to back up that statement. The last few years have brought us quite a video study guide on the subject.
Flip again to the National Geographic Channel and see, “Rocket City Rednecks.” It is an American television show that focuses on engineering, set in Huntsville, Alabama. The show features Travis Taylor, an aerospace engineer from Huntsville, three of his relatives, and his best friend. These people are a heck of a lot smarter than people may think. Travis is a research scientist with the Department of Defense who holds five advanced degrees, the crew spends weekends mixing a little of hillbilly ingenuity with advanced engineering and physics. They kind of put a fun twist on two subjects that most kids shy against learning.
Then go back to CMT and watch “Redneck Island.” where the webpage for this show is not shy about the kind of people they want:
“CONTESTANTS WANTED FOR CMT'S REDNECK ISLAND!
Do you have what it takes to win $100,000 on REDNECK ISLAND?This is your chance to have host STEVE AUSTIN put you through the paces...
Do you love Country Music and NASCAR?
Is beer your beverage of choice?
Is your second car a four-wheeler covered in mud?
Is your closet full of camouflage clothing?
Is there an 8-point hanging above your fireplace and a gun rack in your truck?
DO YOU TAKE PRIDE IN BEING AN ALL-AMERICAN REDNECK???
If you are proud of your redneck roots and winning $100,000 will have you whistling Dixie, then this is the show for you.”
All I know is that a lot of people are making a lot of money from all these shows or they wouldn’t be on TV. I do feel sad that the channels like National Geographic, Animal Planet and The Learning channel had to stoop down to airing this nonsense to keep their revenues piling in. I would rather learn about other stuff frankly. Now what is that little girl doing now? Got to go and watch some TV. Ssush! Don’t tell anybody.