Rube, bumpkin, hillbilly. How easy it is to teter on the edge of comedy and slur. The Beverly Hillbilles was good for a laugh, and so was Petticoat Junction, and who remembers Ma and Pa Kettle? It’s okay to poke fun at abstract characters and behaviour, but I draw the line at belittling people by labeling them with a put-down or slur. I am probably one of the few who refuse to laugh at the memes depicting Walmart customers as bumkins and morons, my guess is there’s a lot more going on in people’s lives than we can ever know. It’s easy to laugh at others, but it’s worth checking why you’re laughing.
For a delightful challenge to stereotyping it’s worth watching the movie ‘Nell’ with Jodie Foster.
I love Plato’s oft quoted phrase: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”