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Desc:A look at modern Appalachia: Druggy mommy, pepsi sippy-cup, food stamps
Category:Educational, Horror
Tags:Pepsi, poverty, subtitles, Appalachia, 8-mile
Submitted:Lauritz Melchior
Date:02/15/09
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Comment count is 56
Cleaner82
Ravaged by the exhaustion of collecting food stamps.
Mister Yuck
Eight miles both ways you heartless prick.

simon666
"Bill" must have bigger problems than poverty if he's latched on to this family.
HarrietTubmanPI
As someone who lives in East TN - we've got beautiful scenery and some really poor people east of us in the high country. There are some have-nots, but there are some haves with a lot of money in this area as well.
Repomancer
How high is "high country?"

dickshapedfood
Yup, that GED is totally going to get you off of welfare, hun.
Severian
It's a condition of her receiving welfare.

Spike Jonez
Still isn't going to get her employed. Maybe she should have some more babies. One of them might be a Hollywood star!

baleen

are you guys americans? what's the matter with you.

Aelric
So rolling over and giving up on education is your suggestion? Jesus, kids, I went from homeless to college in the same year thanks to the GED. I dosn't solve everything, but it sure the fuck don't hurt.

Muddy Mae Suggins
She should just stick to no education then? Why isn't a GED a good idea? I don't follow.

voodoo_pork
"I dosn't solve everything, but it sure the fuck don't hurt."

Did you skip a few classes?

voodoo_pork
"I dosn't solve everything, but it sure the fuck don't hurt."

Did you skip a few classes?

garcet71283
Appalachia: America's Mexico.
Rodents of Unusual Size
And America is Canada's Mexico. Which makes Appalachia Canada's Bangladesh.

Chancho
Canada's Bangladesh is the Vancouver Downtown Eastside and is far worse than Appalachia.

Caminante Nocturno
Well, just keep voting Republican, and I'm sure all of your troubles will go away.
KnowFuture
Or side with boozhie white liberal types who would rather send help to some Third World country than admit people like this even exist here in the US.

Caminante Nocturno
Probably because people like this keep voting Republicans into office.

baleen

These five stars are for massive generalizations.

Dib
Trick question, these people don't vote.

voodoo_pork
Trick question: we don't vote.

kingarthur
If you believe Appalachia is the only place in America this happens, you win about a billion moron points.

Also, granted that I have endured living in northern Mississippi, but are the subtitles really necessary?
dueserpenti
I love the subtitles. Even the liberal do-gooders trying to shed light on these hideous creatures are forced to make them The Other just so they can deal with it.

glasseye
They're definitely necessary. It almost sounds like they're speaking another language.

glasseye
Also: fucking PEPSI? They don't buy fruits and vegetables, but instead buy PEPSI?

That's incredibly fucked.

Syd Midnight
When they subtitle an excited cockney in a news interview do you feel that makes the poor of London less than human?

Camonk
"This happens other places too so WHO GIVES A SHIT"

kingarthur
Gross generalizations, Syd and Camonk. This happens other places so we should give a shit. Also, I think the subtitles do make them out to be less than what they are, yeah. If you listen, you can understand it pretty easily.

Then again, when we first moved to Mississippi I had a professor who was from the Delta and I could not, for the life of me, understand a damn thing she said. It actually affected my grades, believe it or not. She also used colloquialisms that sounded absolutely absurd. The accents on these guys are mild.

Cleaner82
No, the subtitles are not nessecary. It's a pet peeve of mine that people seem to require subtitles as soon as they're assaulted by anything but a deadpan midwestern drone. It's English. Learn to understand accents. They happen.

KnowFuture
There's a really good chance that the place where these people get their Pepsi doesn't have any fruits or vegetables or milk.

You might not like how they vote but I contend that these are among the most fucked-over and a good contender for being THE most misunderstood people in this country. I tend to side liberal on most social issues, I've been directly involved with liberal activist types in organized groups for a good chunk of my life and I have seen next to NO effort made from that bunch to even try to reach out to folks like these. I've heard the kind of people who blanch at anything racist or gaybashing or otherwise "oppressive" making jokes about rural, broke-ass white people.

glasseye
Then grow a fucking garden! Seeds are way cheaper than pepsi, and they appear to have plenty of space.

But y'know, that'd be like, work. "Praying" to some magical fairy "god" is far better.

Maggot Brain
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chumbucket
this show could have been so much more if they didn't have to throw Diane Sawyer and her twilight career last gasp for serious recognition into this
chumbucket
actually, now that I think on it, it could have been SO much worse, it could have been Katie Couric

Foolish Motorcycle Accident
What the fuck is wrong with you people? Caminante, I expect this kind of bullshit from Cleaner and whoever the fuck dickshapedfood is, but for Christ's sake, man. The problem isn't who they vote for. They live in horribly economically depressed areas. They are uneducated, and that is not necessarily their fault. Do you think they give their kid Pepsi for kicks? They don't know better (not to mention Pepsi is way cheaper than milk or healthier drinks). Where the fuck is your compassion, people?
Aelric
Sometimes the evil in portal of evil comes out a little too strong from the community. You people are the funniest fuckers on the net but goddamn, you are heartless pricks.

Camonk
Uh the fact that they don't have an education means they instantly vote republican which makes them undeserving of sympathy. See, you have be really SMART to vote democrat. And you have to be really smart to deserve sympathy. QED man. Sorry you didn't go to college like the rest of us.

I love how this is a prototypically "liberal" site but there's just as much "fuck the poor" in these comments.

Cleaner82
No one has to give their child Pepsi. Poverty has nothing to do with that.

But okay, whatever, apparently I've cast my lot on some side or something.

Enjoy
Re: Liberals true colors

It appears fair game to hate on these poor people because they didn't vote Democrat (like we have someway of knowing).

All I see is poor poeple who need help. These comments are what make me think Liberals are a bunch of useless toss.

Cleaner82
Let me put it this way. I feel many things about this, things which often directly contradict each other. Maybe I highlighted the wrong one. That's fine, I'll take my lumps. It seems I'm held to a low standard anyway.

Which is only bad if you're an overachiever.

Comrade Admiral
No shit, man. I'm a socialist from the hellish salt mines of Soviet Canuckistan, and I think that Gommorrah went and jerked off in the drinking water or something, because goddamn if you people aren't making Enjoy look like the paragon of rational thought.

theSnake
Just because I'm a liberal that doesn't mean a give a shit about poor people who take drugs and have too many kids. We provide them the means to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Actually, we are forcing them to in this case with the mandatory GED. I'm willing to give my tax money for the programs, but I don't have to give my pity. If Repubs had their way they wouldn't even have that, so fuck off.

StanleyPain
You know, I was expecting this to be pretty soul destroying, but it really isn't. They're just poor people trying to get by, though it does irk me they have so many fucking kids when they can't afford it.

Compared to other parts of Appalacia and what it used to be like (think Deliverance-level poverty and ignorance), this is almost....cheery for lack of a better term. Sad, but not what I was expecting.
oogaBooga
I'm a bleeding heart liberal and I find myself not giving a flying fuck who these people vote for.

Why are you even talking about politics?
Caminante Nocturno
Because of my comment.

SOCIAL ENGINEERING LOL LOL LOL!

Goethe and ernie
Is this what Nyodene D are screaming about then?
thebaronsdoctor
Poor kids. Children should not have to live in that kind of environment. Surely there isn't something someone could do to get them out of there? At least until the parents can pull themselves back up.
athodyd
I work on contract for the USDA and review stores when they apply for an EBT (foodstamp card) reading machine (or when they are suspected of fraud). I am directly responsible for keeping these people alive.

Enjoy, no matter how many times I talk about how much I hate goony hill folk and/or shiftless ghetto proles, my job and the party I vote for have done a million times more valuable work for these people than you could ever dream of doing. Your party philosophy has always boiled down to letting these people die for their mistakes/lack of gumption/bad luck. I am a better person than you.
kennydra
she should get a bike. It's 8 miles to my school and it takes me 45 minutes. And I'm slow.
splatterbabble
I grew up "down the mountain" in Kentucky and I can tell you that getting a meth head to not only ride a bike but maintain it and not sell it for meth (let alone keep it from getting stolen by other meth heads) is nearly impossible. These people generally hope for one or more of three things: winning the lottery, having a natural disaster hit and receiving FEMA checks, or painless death in their sleep. It's a depressing hellhole and it's primarily because of the culture and drugs. Other than the people, the landscape is wonderful!

Simian Pride
So Appalachia is the Balkans of America: A horrible place where history and ignorance runs deep and although you pity the inhabitants you really hope you'll never have to deal with them directly. However, their cultural and musical influence over the rest of the region/world cannot be denied.

The difference being that the Appalachians haven't started any wars or genocides yet.
duckofdeath
oh, but she sets aside $ to buy purple nail polish?
for shame
FABIO
kitty!
FABIO
Wait I thought of a better joke:



It's the choice of a new generation.
Urkel Forever
Yes, this is all very sad, but, dammit, five stars for this comment.

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