Friday, March 16, 2012

Meet the Depressing



This is the video clip Bob and I talk about in this week's podcast.

Watch at your own risk.

As I said -- begged, really -- at the end of the show: Please, please secede, Mississippi. You will not be missed.

16 comments:

Villemar said...

I say no to secession. If these toothless hillbillies try something fucktarded like the modern-day equivalent of attacking Fort Sumter and secede; I say we march in like Sherman and give these butthurt inbred Neoconfederate traitors something to really cry about. Something that will make the burning of Atlanta look like the teacup ride at Disneyland by comparison.

I'm ready to bust out the Union Blue again in two shakes of a lamb's tail. To arms, men! No mercy for the wicked! Huzzah!

countryjoe said...

It could just as well been filmed in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, S.Carolina, N.Carolina, Florida or Tennessee, Kentucky,Virginia. I live in Georgia and hear this kind of shit daily.

Marsupialus said...

I'm just left scratching my head at this. Logic, facts, rational judgments -- all of that seems to elude these people. They're Americans? My conclusion is that Fox and its ilk has been all too successful at driving the discussion, at convincing people to absolutely act in ways that are contrary not only to their economic interests but to their well-being in general. And after you stand up for your beliefs and go broke -- not quite sure how the second follows the first -- then what?

renhalz said...

I'm fuckin' floored. I can't even form an articulate sentence, but I felt I had to put down something in response to this . . .

Let's be clear . . . I'm black. My family is from South Carolina, so I totally agree with what Countryjoe wrote in regards to this could be in any one of the southern states. BUT DAMN! They got on camera KNOWING this was going to be on national television.

And what the fuck was ". . . we lost the war, but the South will rise again?"

ARE YOU FUCKIN' KIDDING ME?!!!

hilz said...

This makes me immensely excited for my road trip to the south in May. Two tattooed chicks from California released into the wild in election season. I may need to start a blog.

Chez said...

Yup. That's what killed me. These assholes are still bitter over the outcome of a 150 year old war they lost and were on the wrong side of anyway. And that's what set the stage for all the Christian white man resentment we've been suffering through for decades.

agrazingmoose said...

She might as well have been interviewing aliens. Thankfully, I have never met anyone like these folks. It isn't the poverty. It is the absolute, base, and unexamined ignorance.

Do college admission committees just throw applications from Mississippi residents? It would save them a lot of time.

Chez said...

Send pictures, Hilz.

Anonymous said...

Do you people honestly think that this person couldn't have hand picked a bunch of idiots from pretty much any state and made a video like this?

Chez said...

To some extent. But there's a certain breed -- and more of that breed concentrated -- in the South.

hilz said...

Oh I will.

Sheriff Bart said...

I think we're all indebted to Gabby Johnson for clearly stating what needed to be said. Not only was it authentic frontier gibberish, it expressed a courage little seen in this day and age.

Steven D Skelton said...

I get a kick out of Maher's introduction. He basically says that everyone in Mississippi is like this. (We didn't look for rednecks. We just got off the plane and interviewed those we met. All the footage we didn't use is exactly like this. yada yada yada)

I've been to Mississippi. Obviously, the culture is different, but only a coastal snob can delude themselves into believing the those people are representative of everyone in the state.

I also love how he can say with a straight face he isn't making fun of anyone. I wonder if he actually believes himself when he says that (delusion,) or doesn't mind looking right into the camera and lying.

JohnF said...

"...only a coastal snob can delude themselves into believing the those people are representative of everyone in the state."

Phew, good thing you hate generalizations!

Janean said...

I don't think we have a "different breed" of idiot here - you can find ignorance everywhere - but I am willing to admit that the south seems to have more than its fair share.

I am from SC, and I have to say that while I am surrounded by ignorant "conservatives" that share these viewpoints MOST of them are at least a tiny bit more sophisticated in the way they express them. Not all southerners are missing teeth and riding around in rusted out pick up trucks with rebel flags proclaiming the south will rise again. It's a good thing too - that makes it easier to know who to avoid.

I do get tired of it though. I also get tired of people who assume they know what my beliefs are based on my accent.

I once had a man from NYC tell me he couldn't wait to retire and move down south "to join the KKK". He assumed I would be racist too and be able to help him get in because I'm white and from SC. Obviously idiots are everywhere...

Ref said...

I think Chez is right that they can be found anywhere but are more concentrated in the South. I also think that Maher is the wrong person (or perhaps has the wrong studio audience) to be dealing with this. The correct reaction to this is "My Gawd, what have we done wrong?" rather than "giggle, giggle."