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Last night, Nick and I were talking about the fact that, particularly in movies, we see the same southern stereotypes. (Big note–I’m southern. )
With men, there are two main southern versions in the movies: The hunk and the hick.
The hunk, well, he’s like the estranged husband from SWEET HOME ALABAMA. Drawling voice, smooth-talking, sexy. Maybe he comes off as a bit lazy, but hey, that’s okay. He’s generally amazingly good-looking (think Matthew McConaughey) and can charm just about anyone with his drawl and tanned flesh.
The other guy, um, he’s not so charming. The hick usually has a drawl that is much,much harder, not full of sexy rolls. He likes to dip. He carries his shotgun just about everywhere. He has way outdated views on the world. And he often has a rebel flag, somewhere (on his car, at his house…).
For the women, there are also two main stereotypes: The vamp and the tramp.
The vamp–well, she’s sexy (the equivalent of the hunk). Her voice and drawl are soft, husky. She doesn’t usually wear a lot of clothes, because you know, it’s hot down here. She’ll steal her best-friend’s lover. She’ll scheme, she’ll plot, but she’ll rarely do actual work. (Again, I’m guessing cause it’s so hot and she doesn’t want to tire herself.) Sometimes, the vamp does slide into tramp land a bit.
But the tramp–well, she’s usually shown in movies wearing clothes that don’t fit. She has very bad hair. A voice that is close to a screech. She smokes like a chimney. She drinks–oh, the woman can drink. And she has an assortment of children, often all with different fathers.
I promise–for those of you not in the south–we are not like this!!
And one more stereotype about the south that has been driving me crazy lately…there are so many movies (and television shows) that feature southern people, indoors, sweating. Sweating inside. Whether it’s inside a courtroom or an office building. I promise–we do have air conditioners down here. Unless the air conditioner is broken, we have no need to walk around the house, icing ourselves down with um, ice (vamp style).
Sorry. Stereotype rant over.
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