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Was TAGS demeaning to rural people? (Read 4316 times)
Feb 1st, 2012 at 4:11am

Andyfan   Offline
Everything's OK in Mayberry!

 
Was TAGS offensive to rural people?
Did its characters often seem like "hicks" and "rednecks"?
I'd be especially interested in what people who live in small towns or in the countryside think about this. It does seem to me that, all too often, the media will slide into negative and demeaning stereotypes of small town and country people.
 
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Reply #1 - Feb 1st, 2012 at 6:43am

uncle nat   Offline
Hey, you ain't Uncle Nat....you're
a goat!
greencastle

 
I live in a small town and I'll guarantee you one thing I'll take small town living over the hustle and bustle of the big city any day of my life! I'm about as laid back as you get and the only time I get excited is when I'm in traffic in the city. Angry So yes I'm thankful for the Seth Taylor's of the world for swindling people into keeping the major highways and big cities out of my daily routine! I only wish the big city media could hear what I think about them! Lips Sealed I'm proud to say I like the aroma of manure over factory smoke and car emissions!  Smiley
 

One wrong move and we'll all go PLOOWIE!
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Reply #2 - Feb 1st, 2012 at 7:35am

Puddingtame   Offline
I Love Mayberry!

 
Being a lifetime "hick" (as you put it), I could care less how others view me. My issue is when they try to impose their "enlightened ways" on the rest of the world.
 

Puddingtame! Ask me again I'll tell you the same!
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Reply #3 - Feb 1st, 2012 at 9:38am

Andy Paul Lawson   Offline
Everythings okay in Mayberry.
Little Rock AR

 
  I sure didn't think was offensive to us people of the earth. I mean the Darlings were a bit stereotypical, but not in a mean way. I thought is worse when in later episodes Mayberry started to grow up and get citified.
 
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Reply #4 - Feb 1st, 2012 at 11:58am

Thelscuz   Offline
Everything's OK in Mayberry!

 
If you'll recall, in Mayberry, the "hicks" usually got the best of the city slickers when all was said and done.

  Some of the smartest (and richest) people in our Middle Tennessee county wear bib overalls and drive ole wore-out pickup trucks.  You can't judge a book by its cover--and Andy and the folks in Mayberry knew that.

No, us "country dwellers" didn't get offended by TAGS.  We loved it!
 
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Reply #5 - Feb 1st, 2012 at 12:04pm

KC   Offline
I Love Mayberry!

 
We lived in rural America - had crank telephones until about 1966.  We never thought we were being made fun of.
 
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Reply #6 - Feb 6th, 2012 at 9:18am

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
.

 
Living in the country and / or in a small town doesn't make one a hick or red neck any more that living in a big city makes one a drug user or gangstah.

I am from a small town and think TAGS portrayed small town folk in an honest fashion.  Time and again big city folk wandered or stumbled into Mayberry with preconceived notions about small town folk.  Usually that notion was that they were backwards and ignorant (hicks).  By the time they left our friendly little town, they knew better. 

What some big city folk assume is ignorance or backwardness is simply that small town folk don't go in for the latest and greatest fads just because they are the latest and greatest fads.  Small town folk know how to work hard and how to relax. 

Small town folk may be 'taken in' by a big city huckster once and thought to be a rube.  But not twice.  Embarrassed And.... you won't do to my neighbors what you did to me.  Angry

TAGS was as real as they come.  And, honestly, I had one of every character in TAGS in my life.  All wonderful people with different attributes and failings.  I wouldn't trade growing up in my Mayberry for anything in the world.


 
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Reply #7 - Feb 7th, 2012 at 9:52pm

widow bradshaw   Offline
I Thought you was the
widow Bradshaw!
Carolina

 
If it was, I don't reckon I never had enough brains to know I was being offended! Undecided Wink
 
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Reply #8 - Feb 8th, 2012 at 8:08am

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
.

 
My Great Aunt had a saying, "You are about as happy in life as  you allow yourself to be."

I suppose this applies to being offended, "You are about as offended as you allow yourself to be."
 
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Reply #9 - Feb 8th, 2012 at 8:27am

Lake Loon   Offline
Dontcha' see? Ya gotta
use all your senses!
Albuquerque, New Mexico

 
I don't think TAGS was demeaning at all to rural people. I think that the writers made a great effort to show that while perhaps less educated and less traveled than some city folk, the people of Mayberry had other redeeming qualities. Patience, common sense, country wisdom, kindness, and a sense of fair play among other qualities that are often lacking in city dwellers. We all have gifts and weaknesses, I think TAGS portrayed these fairly and honestly.

Lake Loon
« Last Edit: Feb 8th, 2012 at 10:28pm by Lake Loon »  

"A roaring blaze in a matter of seconds"
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Reply #10 - Feb 12th, 2012 at 12:19pm

Al Becker   Offline
My Home's in Mayberry

 

I agree wholeheartedly with you, Lake Loon.

Let me stop here and note this is the first time I've ever agreed with a target I've literally tried to kill whilst hunting.  Grin

But no, I did not feel demeaned. Not at all. It takes a lot to demean us Bitter-Clingers.  Wink

 
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Reply #11 - Feb 13th, 2012 at 8:40am

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
.

 
Al Becker wrote on Feb 12th, 2012 at 12:19pm:
Bitter-Clinger



What's that?
 
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Reply #12 - Feb 15th, 2012 at 3:05am

Briscoe Darling   Offline
"You arguin' with me?"
Ruffton, NC

 
Andyfan wrote on Feb 1st, 2012 at 4:11am:
Was TAGS offensive to rural people?
Did its characters often seem like "hicks" and "rednecks"?
I'd be especially interested in what people who live in small towns or in the countryside think about this. It does seem to me that, all too often, the media will slide into negative and demeaning stereotypes of small town and country people.



Uh..NO and NO!
 

"Thought about killin' him, kinda hated to go that far"
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Reply #13 - Feb 15th, 2012 at 5:47am

widow bradshaw   Offline
I Thought you was the
widow Bradshaw!
Carolina

 
Al Becker wrote on Feb 12th, 2012 at 12:19pm:
Bitter-Clingers

better 'tread lightly'!  Wink Cool
 
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Reply #14 - Feb 16th, 2012 at 5:57pm

Al Becker   Offline
My Home's in Mayberry

 

widow bradshaw wrote on Feb 15th, 2012 at 5:47am:
better 'tread lightly'! Wink Cool


I will. Got my gun and bible within clinging distance, wb.  Wink

adios, amigos!  Cool

 
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