I still occasionally notice little things like this in my own experience, having grown up in what sometimes feels like a modern-day “Bundren family”. It’s still a wonder how “redneck” went from a pejorative to a badge of honour, mostly thanks to the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.
If you lived anywhere below Maryland and east of New Mexico in the year 2003, you could luckily count on redneck comedians to be your cultural spokesmen. In that time frame, they outnumbered cockroaches 4-to-1. But, as intricate and widespread as their messages of deer hunting, comical incest and dilapidated trucks were, they left out a few ways that growing up in the rural South changes your mindset.