Edited By William M. Reynolds
Chapter Eleven: Honey Boo Boo, Moonshiners, and Duck Dynasty: The Intersection of Popular Culture and a Southern Place
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Moonshiners, and Duck Dynasty: The Intersection of Popular Culture and a Southern Place
Writing this chapter was a deeply personal experience; it was impossible to remove my story, my narrative, from the thoughts and ideas that I have shared. These days, each time I turn on the television, I am besieged with images of the South that I find disconcerting. And of course I am painfully aware that the South as it is defined through these images is neither geographically nor demographically accurate. In reality, the South represents myriad regions of the southern United States, but it also represents a way of life, a life that is shaped by traditions that dictate everything from manners to religion to politics, but it is also a treasured and rich tapestry of life that is woven with the threads of a complicated history filled with the literary, artistic, and musical contributions from a long line of notable and talented artists. In contrast, these popular images of the South present characters with distorted and exaggerated qualities of speech and behavior that cater to the fantasies of other people in other parts of the world—caricatures of Southern culture. My attempts to maintain a sense of humor and remain objective about Southern reality television are more successful some days than others; I grow tired of laughing at the bad imitations of a Southern accent that are offered unapologetically by...
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