Monday, September 28, 2009

A pleasant exchange

And when I say "pleasant," I mean I'm 7 years old and it's Opposite Day.

This article
really annoyed me last week. I almost never ever post comments to these kinds of things, but I am So. Over. this portrayal of the South as a big trailer park full of Dukes of Hazzard characters who wear only overalls and denim cutoffs.

So I said this:
Nice work, Bob. Because painting everyone who lives in the South as a bunch of classless rednecks isn't overdone at all. Sorry, but you totally phoned in this one, and your lack of creativity is, quite frankly, nothing but eye roll-inducing. Sincerely, A Georgia journalism grad who 1. Has all of her teeth 2. Frequents a restroom for personal needs 3. Does not and never has lived in a mobile home 4. Works for the 6th largest regional lifestyle magazine in the country, and knows how to represent herself with class and polish.

I actually thought my comment was rather polite (albeit snarky, yes), and the two comments following (one from the author himself) merely proved my point. Just because you live outside of the South doesn't guarantee you have half the class I possess in my left pinky.

Because, seriously:
Stephanie, Glad to read that you have all of your teeth. Where do you keep them, on your desk there at the 6th largest regional lifestlye magazine?
(This is from Bob Young. Too bad. He needs a copy editor.)

And then, from a delightful reader:
Let me translate: A Georgia journalism grad (she can color in between the lines) who 1. Has all of her teeth (all three of them) 2. Frequents a restroom for personal needs (like eating, sleeping, and living) 3. Does not and never has lived in a mobile home (she took the tires off last year) 4. Works for the 6th largest regional lifestyle magazine in the country, and knows how to represent herself with class and polish ('GunRacks and Open Containers Weekly'. It's very popular out there)
I'll refer this moron here. Nicest bathroom I've ever crashed in.

Ahh, welcome to soggy Sanford Stadium, Bob and Delightful Reader.

20-17.

Thanks for playing.

P.S. I wasn't trying to brag about where I work. I really just wanted him to know that such a publication existed in—gasp!—The South.

Note to new readers: See? I do have all my teeth, and I rarely scratch my armpits in public.

5 comments:

The Bakers said...

I experienced that type of attitude regularly when I lived in New Jersey. Once when a tornado in downtown Nashville made national headlines, I commented to a coworker that it seemed unusual for a tornado to go through the middle of a city. She smiled condescendingly and said, "Nashville's not a city."

Katie B. said...

Do you think "GunRacks and Open Containers Weekly" is hiring?

P.S. Do people really go #2 at your tailgates? Cause that's straight-up nasty where ever you live.

Eric, Marilyn, and Elliott said...

Unfortunately this attitude isn't just reserved for our northern friends. When we were moving from FL to Birmingham, a coworker anxiously asked, "Where will you get a job? Birmingham's not very big." Keep in mind that we were in Tallahassee, a town with about 1/10 the population of the Birmingham metro area! :)

Natalie said...

Cracking up.

Jen said...

I may be a Northerner, but I whole-heartedly believe most Southerners have class oozing from their pores. You'd never see a Southerner at the grocery store in hot pink, skin-tight sweatpants with "Juicy" written across her tush!