Rubes, Bumpkins and Hillbillies

via Daily Prompt: Rube

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.”



Filed under community, Country, life

11 responses to “Rubes, Bumpkins and Hillbillies

  1. great take on the topic .. we are all doing the best we can and put-down labels don’t help anyone ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. and you may ask them to help you fight your own battle tomorrow

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  3. True enough, we never know anyone’s true story!

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  4. Lyn Cannon

    Yes indeed


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