Redneck nation

Alex Buldak, Entertainment Editor

From Duck Dynasty to Buckwild to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and to pretty much any show on CMT, the takeover of the redneck lifestyle is sweeping over the nation! There are many strong opinions toward this new craze. I find myself very entertained by such shows. I have never been a supporter of any traditions in which the southern region of the United States has taken part of, such as, jamming out to country music, getting completely wasted or even skinning and eating every animal imaginable, but I find something special about these shows. That special quality could be summed up into one word, which is ‘simple.’

Okay, well maybe I’m using ‘simple’ loosely here, but what I mean to say is that it takes away my attention of the drama we have in our own life through media and technology and I get to look at how things are done simply and happily. I would love to live that way. I think that we judge the people on these shows because of their lack of education, and the way they speak, which is normal because anything that’s different, is usually pre-judged. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is an exception though. Nothing about Honey Boo Boo or her rather obese mother is entertaining or even teaches a decent ethical way of life.

But why is the rugged yet simple lifestyle being shed in a positive light all of a sudden? I honestly do not know, but I do know that whatever the reason is, it’s a nice one, in my opinion. Sure, as an American, the goal is to be successful because of hard work and good ideas. These Americans are living the American dream off the simple idea of freedom. Their American dream may have become sensations because of the media, but that doesn’t mean that the media has changed their lifestyle.

The way I look at it is that the gift of life is all we need to have a good time. With that being said, the lives of others affect us and we affect them. With everything already so simple, we need to stop making things difficult y’all.