History Main / DeepSouth

25th Apr '18 9:23:19 AM Gsueagle31049
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Any part of the region that is not rural, backwoods, mountains, or bayous shows up on TV as merely TheCity or {{Suburbia}} with an accent. The modern, sprawling metropolises of UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} and Charlotte might as well not exist. And while Nashville and UsefulNotes/NewOrleans do exist, they're not without stereotypes of their own: N'awlins being a [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans party city]] with the occasional vampire, and Nashville only known for CountryMusic despite its diverse population, large healthcare industry, and PunkRock and HipHop scenes that rival the country one in size. As far as writers -- largely based in Southern California -- are concerned, the only true South is the Deep South. And any old state down there will do. Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, [[CriticalResearchFailure Maryland]][[note]]Maryland was a slave state for much of its history and banned interracial marriages until well into the 1960s; but it was founded by Roman Catholics (who historically have been a minority in the South), stayed in the Union during the Civil War, and in more recent times has attracted New Yorkers as well as a diverse immigrant population from many countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America thanks to the sprawl of Baltimore and most especially UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, and is now a deep blue state with high taxes and heavy-handed business regulations. For these reasons and others, it is often hard to determine whether it should be considered a Southern state or a Northern state; a Northerner will tell you it's Southern, a Southerner will tell you that it's Northern, and a Marylander will tell you that it's [[TakeAThirdOption Maryland]].[[/note]]...what's the difference?

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Any part of the region that is not rural, backwoods, mountains, or bayous shows up on TV as merely TheCity or {{Suburbia}} with an accent. The accent; the modern, sprawling metropolises of UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} and Charlotte might as well not exist. And while Nashville UsefulNotes/{{Nashville}} and UsefulNotes/NewOrleans do exist, they're not without stereotypes of their own: N'awlins being a [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans party city]] with the occasional vampire, and Nashville only known for CountryMusic despite its diverse population, large healthcare industry, and PunkRock and HipHop scenes that rival the country one in size. As far as writers -- largely based in Southern California -- are concerned, the only true South is the Deep South. And any old state down there will do. Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, [[CriticalResearchFailure Maryland]][[note]]Maryland was a slave state for much of its history and banned interracial marriages until well into the 1960s; but it was founded by Roman Catholics (who historically have been a minority in the South), stayed in the Union during the Civil War, and in more recent times has attracted New Yorkers as well as a diverse immigrant population from many countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America thanks to the sprawl of Baltimore and most especially UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, and is now a deep blue state with high taxes and heavy-handed business regulations. For these reasons and others, it is often hard to determine whether it should be considered a Southern state or a Northern state; a Northerner will tell you it's Southern, a Southerner will tell you that it's Northern, and a Marylander will tell you that it's [[TakeAThirdOption Maryland]].[[/note]]...what's the difference?
13th Apr '18 7:22:38 AM JackG
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* ''Film/FletchLives''. The protagonist inherits a BigFancyHouse in Louisiana and dreams (literally) of living the idle life of a SouthernGentleman. Turns out the house is derelict and he's pestered by CorruptHick cops, horse-molesting criminals and Klansmen (though the latter is suffering somewhat from BadassDecay). However it turns out that these things have been arranged to scare him off so he won't interfere in the scheme of the BigBad.
7th Apr '18 5:30:23 PM nombretomado
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** Miley herself in interviews and in RealLife will [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecatedly]] refer to her accent or Southern culture as "hillbilly" (though she certainly is proud of her roots). Accounts on her Website/{{Twitter}} feed that she follows and YouTube videos she favorites show a fascination with the South (serious or tongue-in-cheek).

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** Miley herself in interviews and in RealLife will [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecatedly]] refer to her accent or Southern culture as "hillbilly" (though she certainly is proud of her roots). Accounts on her Website/{{Twitter}} feed that she follows and YouTube Website/YouTube videos she favorites show a fascination with the South (serious or tongue-in-cheek).
4th Apr '18 3:12:53 PM drwhom
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Any part of the region that is not rural, backwoods, mountains, or bayous shows up on TV as merely TheCity or {{Suburbia}} with an accent. The modern, sprawling metropolises of UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} and Charlotte might as well not exist. And while Nashville and UsefulNotes/NewOrleans do exist, they're not without stereotypes of their own: N'awlins being a [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans party city]] with the occasional vampire, and Nashville only known for CountryMusic despite its diverse population, large healthcare industry, and PunkRock and HipHop scenes that rival the country one in size. As far as writers -- largely based in Southern California -- are concerned, the only true South is the Deep South. And any old state down there will do. Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, [[CriticalResearchFailure Maryland]][[note]]Maryland was a slave state for much of its history and banned interracial marriages until well into the 1960s; but it was founded by Roman Catholics (who historically have been a minority in the South), stayed in the Union during the Civil War, and in more recent times has attracted a diverse immigrant population from many countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America thanks to the sprawl of Baltimore and most especially UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC. For these reasons and others, it is often hard to determine whether it should be considered a Southern state or a Northern state; a Northerner will tell you it's Southern, a Southerner will tell you that it's Northern, and a Marylander will tell you that it's [[TakeAThirdOption Maryland]].[[/note]]...what's the difference?

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Any part of the region that is not rural, backwoods, mountains, or bayous shows up on TV as merely TheCity or {{Suburbia}} with an accent. The modern, sprawling metropolises of UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} and Charlotte might as well not exist. And while Nashville and UsefulNotes/NewOrleans do exist, they're not without stereotypes of their own: N'awlins being a [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans party city]] with the occasional vampire, and Nashville only known for CountryMusic despite its diverse population, large healthcare industry, and PunkRock and HipHop scenes that rival the country one in size. As far as writers -- largely based in Southern California -- are concerned, the only true South is the Deep South. And any old state down there will do. Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, [[CriticalResearchFailure Maryland]][[note]]Maryland was a slave state for much of its history and banned interracial marriages until well into the 1960s; but it was founded by Roman Catholics (who historically have been a minority in the South), stayed in the Union during the Civil War, and in more recent times has attracted New Yorkers as well as a diverse immigrant population from many countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America thanks to the sprawl of Baltimore and most especially UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC.UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, and is now a deep blue state with high taxes and heavy-handed business regulations. For these reasons and others, it is often hard to determine whether it should be considered a Southern state or a Northern state; a Northerner will tell you it's Southern, a Southerner will tell you that it's Northern, and a Marylander will tell you that it's [[TakeAThirdOption Maryland]].[[/note]]...what's the difference?
3rd Apr '18 6:47:32 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/DerekRobinson took time out from his usual 20th century war fiction to write ''Kentucky Blues'', which sought to subvert [[GoneWithTheWind notions of the Deep South]] as effectively as his UsefulNotes/WW1 air-war trilogy subverted the ''Literature/{{Biggles}}'' genre. Seen through the eyes of several feuding white families, and through the eyes of the slaves who are later freed, the novel is satirical BlackComedy.

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* Creator/DerekRobinson took time out from his usual 20th century war fiction to write ''Kentucky Blues'', which sought to subvert [[GoneWithTheWind [[Literature/GoneWithTheWind notions of the Deep South]] as effectively as his UsefulNotes/WW1 air-war trilogy subverted the ''Literature/{{Biggles}}'' genre. Seen through the eyes of several feuding white families, and through the eyes of the slaves who are later freed, the novel is satirical BlackComedy.
18th Mar '18 8:08:17 PM CaptEquinox
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*** Apparently, lots of people have never heard of Judah P. Benjamin.

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*** Apparently, lots of people have never heard of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judah_P._Benjamin Judah P. Benjamin.Benjamin]] and/or have forgotten what ''Film/DrivingMissDaisy'' is about. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_the_Southern_United_States Americans of Jewish ethnicity or faith inhabit the South today, and have done so for centuries.]]
3rd Mar '18 1:48:55 AM DeepRed
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The Deep South: home of fat redneck sheriffs, hillbillies, [[HillbillyMoonshiner moonshiners]], TheKlan, tobacco-chawin' [[GoodOlBoy Good Ol' Boys]] missing half their teeth, and all other manner of {{Corrupt Hick}}s, not to mention [[TheFundamentalist fire-and-brimstone preachers]], [[ApronMatron iron-bound matriarchs]], [[FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit white-suited plantation owners]], {{Southern Belle}}s in flouncy gowns or [[ShortShorts short-shorts]] with crop tops, and possums. Some KissingCousins could also be in the mix somewhere.

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The Deep South: home of fat redneck sheriffs, hillbillies, [[HillbillyMoonshiner moonshiners]], TheKlan, tobacco-chawin' [[GoodOlBoy Good Ol' Boys]] missing half their teeth, and all other manner of {{Corrupt Hick}}s, not to mention [[TheFundamentalist fire-and-brimstone preachers]], [[ApronMatron iron-bound matriarchs]], [[FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit white-suited plantation owners]], {{Southern Belle}}s in flouncy gowns or [[ShortShorts [[WhoWearsShortShorts short-shorts]] with crop tops, and possums. Some KissingCousins could also be in the mix somewhere.
3rd Mar '18 1:48:27 AM DeepRed
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The Deep South: home of fat redneck sheriffs, hillbillies, [[HillbillyMoonshiner moonshiners]], TheKlan, tobacco-chawin' [[GoodOlBoy Good Ol' Boys]] missing half their teeth, and all other manner of {{Corrupt Hick}}s, not to mention [[TheFundamentalist fire-and-brimstone preachers]], [[ApronMatron iron-bound matriarchs]], [[FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit white-suited plantation owners]], {{Southern Belle}}s in flouncy gowns or short-shorts with crop tops, and possums. Some KissingCousins could also be in the mix somewhere.

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The Deep South: home of fat redneck sheriffs, hillbillies, [[HillbillyMoonshiner moonshiners]], TheKlan, tobacco-chawin' [[GoodOlBoy Good Ol' Boys]] missing half their teeth, and all other manner of {{Corrupt Hick}}s, not to mention [[TheFundamentalist fire-and-brimstone preachers]], [[ApronMatron iron-bound matriarchs]], [[FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit white-suited plantation owners]], {{Southern Belle}}s in flouncy gowns or short-shorts [[ShortShorts short-shorts]] with crop tops, and possums. Some KissingCousins could also be in the mix somewhere.
25th Feb '18 12:29:26 AM KYCubbie
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* The Mexican-German film ''Guten Tag, Ramon'' shows the Mexican version of this trope: Ramon, the titular protagonist, is a Mexican Northerner hillbilly from the Northern state of Durango, who is forced to migrate to Germany having no other choices on hand. Part of the charm of the film is the CultureClash between the backwards mentality of the main character with the European mindset of the Germans.

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* The Mexican-German film ''Guten Tag, Ramon'' Ramón'' shows the Mexican version of this trope: Ramon, Ramón, the titular protagonist, is a Mexican Northerner hillbilly from the Northern state of Durango, who is forced to migrate to Germany having no other choices on hand. Part of the charm of the film is the CultureClash between the backwards mentality of the main character with the European mindset of the Germans.



** In the vein: while many people not from the South are familiar with (and make fun of) the Southern use of the plural second-person pronoun "y'all" (a contraction of 'you all'), far fewer know of the much less common "you'uns (a contraction of 'you ones'). The second is used by people from Knoxville, Tennessee in the Cumberland and Great Smoky Mountains to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the Allegheny Mountains, all part of the Appalachian Range.

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** In the vein: while many people not from the South are familiar with (and make fun of) the Southern use of the plural second-person pronoun "y'all" (a contraction of 'you all'), far fewer know of the much less common "you'uns (a contraction of 'you ones'). The second is used by people from Knoxville, Tennessee in the Cumberland and Great Smoky Mountains to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (where it's famously contracted even further to "yinz") in the Allegheny Mountains, all part of the Appalachian Range. Range.



* ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' is set in a version of Atlanta which apparently neglects to include the sports teams, the multiple Fortune 500 companies, the obscene traffic and overflowing interstate system, and focuses primarily on plantation style houses, small town streetscapes, and a sense of general Suburbia (which, to be fair, Atlanta has a lot of, especially to its north).

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* ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' is set in a version of Atlanta which apparently neglects to include the sports teams, the multiple Fortune 500 companies, the obscene traffic and overflowing interstate system, and focuses primarily on plantation style houses, small town streetscapes, and a sense of general Suburbia suburbia (which, to be fair, Atlanta has a lot of, especially to its north).



* Series/{{Justified}} tries to provide a more nuanced portrayal, with the corruption, backwardness, and economic despair of Harlan County, Kentucky, having more to do with the place being a veritable WretchedHive, than all Southerners being innately bigoted or criminal. The fact that [[CowboyCop Raylan]] and his fellow {{US Marshal}}s are from the south helps to balance things out, as well.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' brought Dr. Benton to the backwater town of Pascagoula, MS, where minorities were looked upon with suspicion and residents were wary of treatment from him. When this episode aired, it caused residents of the real Pascagoula (a medium-sized city), to protest its portrayal.

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* Series/{{Justified}} tries to provide a more nuanced portrayal, with the corruption, backwardness, and economic despair of Harlan County, Kentucky, Kentucky (actually in the very heart of Appalachia) having more to do with the place being a veritable WretchedHive, than all Southerners being innately bigoted or criminal. The fact that [[CowboyCop Raylan]] and his fellow {{US Marshal}}s are from the south helps to balance things out, as well.
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* ''Series/{{ER}}'' brought Dr. Benton to the backwater town of Pascagoula, MS, Mississippi, where minorities were looked upon with suspicion and residents were wary of treatment from him. When this episode aired, it caused residents of the real Pascagoula (a medium-sized city), city) to protest its portrayal.



* Creator/{{CMT}} has a tendency for these types of show, most of them were reality shows.

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* Creator/{{CMT}} has a tendency for these types of show, show; most of them were reality shows.



* Britain's favourite black American, Reginald D Hunter, was sent back to his homeland by the BBC to present a series making sense of the Deep South states for British viewers. Reginald, from Georgia, accomplished this with style and insight in ''Reginald D. Hunter's Songs of the South''. See him '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kNqwoo407E here]]''' explaining Tennessee to the British.

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* Britain's favourite black American, Reginald D D. Hunter, was sent back to his homeland by the BBC to present a series making sense of the Deep South states for British viewers. Reginald, from Georgia, accomplished this with style and insight in ''Reginald D. Hunter's Songs of the South''. See him '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kNqwoo407E here]]''' explaining Tennessee to the British.



* ''Theatre/{{Parade}}'', set in Atlanta, Georgia.

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* ''Theatre/{{Parade}}'', set in Atlanta, Georgia.Atlanta.
24th Jan '18 2:39:08 AM Cryoclaste
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* Film/{{Deliverance}}, by James Dickey. Southerners will complain at length about the movie and the novel and the horrible stereotypes it represents. It's worth noting Dickey was born and raised in Atlanta, living and working in the Southeast for most of his life.

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* Film/{{Deliverance}}, ''Film/{{Deliverance}}'', by James Dickey. Southerners will complain at length about the movie and the novel and the horrible stereotypes it represents. It's worth noting Dickey was born and raised in Atlanta, living and working in the Southeast for most of his life.



* ''Series/TheHeartSheHoller'' portrays the South so negatively that it makes {{Deliverance}} look like a tourist ad.

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* ''Series/TheHeartSheHoller'' portrays the South so negatively that it makes {{Deliverance}} ''Film/{{Deliverance}}'' look like a tourist ad.
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