DISCLAIMER: I have a substantial number of loyal readers from the great state of West Virginia. I want to reassure them that none of the stereotypes mentioned in this post have anything to do with them, unless they do. I should also point out that I don't have a lot of readers from Kentucky, so I'm going to have to side with the Hatfields on this one.
I have been watching the mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys" on the History Channel. Lots of great actors, interesting story, but at the end of the day, I'm finding it hard to root for either side. Vengeance is not endearing. And apparently, life back then was very, very slow. But it is nice to see a movie where Kevin Costner can believably portray the smartest man in the room.
While the movie is kind of a downer, the plus side is that you get to see a lot of Hillbillies - shaggy, dirty, pig-thievin', tabacky-spittin', bootleggin' Hillbillies. As with most history, or historical fiction, it makes me glad that I live in the here and now. It was a rough life back then. I imagine it's changed somewhat by now. The show does a marvelous job of showing what it looked like in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia/Kentucky back in the late 1800s. If by Appalachia you mean Romania, because that's where they filmed it. Apparently it's easier and cheaper to film Romanian hillbilly shacks than good old American hillbilly shacks.
I haven't seen the last part of the miniseries yet, but I'm sure it ends badly for somebody. When God said "Vengeance is mine," he meant it. (Mormon 8:20)
Whether you like Hillbillies or not, I must admit that I have a soft spot in my heart for them. They are great characters, and are apparently responsible for one of the more important creations in culinary history. I have had an on-again-of-again relationship with Mountain Dew for most of my adult life. Sometimes I am strong, and am able to resist its siren song, other times I succumb to the glorious ambrosia that it is. Don't judge me.
Since all of you may not have the time, or the desire, to watch the entire six-hour miniseries "Hatifields & McCoys", I have posted this brief video of what life is like in Hillbilly Country. It is only one minute long, and is equally instructive - and there's several Hillbillies. God bless 'em!
I could go for getting my innards tickled about now.