"Sure. There's a grits place just two miles that way; take a left
into the fucking lake. Can't miss it."
"It gets worse than that, though. Two of my friends work at a convenience store and have some of these people come in to get a bunch of things, say for $20, then put down a $10 bill and say that's enough for everything, the logic being that they assumed that they didn't know how to count. It's incredibly demeaning."
Cracked has mentioned the unintentional bias that most Americans have toward people with Southern accents. He has experienced his fair share of it:
"Our previous sheriff was on TV once. He showed up on Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot to talk about how he saw a Sasquatch once. Yes, I am serious. They even titled the episode 'Moonshine And Bigfoot,' presumably because they still had a few stereotypical Kentuckian insults left in the bottom of the barrel."
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"That's almost what we're going for in this episode,
but could we add a jug with X's on it, too?"
Then there's Bill Sparkman, a census-taker who, in 2009, was found dead in Clay County, Kentucky, tied to a tree with the word "FED" scrawled on his chest in black marker. The media reaction was immediate, with several news agencies speculating that the murder was committed by insane hillbilly anti-government zealots in the Eastern Kentucky area. Then the police figured out that Sparkman had committed suicide and staged the scene to make it look like a murder. Oops. The story was over by then, but it was just more damage to the reputation of a place that wasn't exactly rolling in rep to begin with.