Pop Quiz

Ok, people.

Quick:  Name five other demographic groups that are casually stereotyped and mocked by popular entertainers for their star-studded theme birthday parties, without any apparent concern about potential backlash.

Heck. Name any other demographic group that  would called  “trash” in the invitation to anything, let alone a birthday party that would obviously be part of the entertainer’s publicity package.

Ten points for the correct answer:  Poor white people!

Extra credit will be granted for every substantial difference — beyond income — between the poor white people they mock and themselves, but don’t bother suggesting any of these:

Hypersexualized women?  Nope

“Knocked up” before marriage?  Nope

Personal Integrity?  Nope

Wisdom?  Nope

Exactly what is it that these people are mocking?

Or, you can skip the quiz all together and instead do a book report on Matt Wray’s book White Trash where readers learn a great deal about the social construction of the stereotypes and the harsh economic realities that they mask.

4 thoughts on “Pop Quiz

  1. Jeanne October 8, 2008 / 9:06 pm

    Nice. Thanks for this.

    But I also thought, “Fat people.”

    But fat people are stereotyped as either white trash or overly indulgent wealthy people.

  2. janevangalen October 9, 2008 / 9:22 am

    Hi Jeanne,

    You’re right. It is still ok to mock fat people.

    I wonder if at least some of that has gone somewhat underground, because there is at least some sense that it’s not ok. So you might snipe behind someone’s back or roll your eyes at someone on the street, but would anyone dare have a “Come Fat” these birthday party?

    What appalls me about “white trash” parties is the sense that it’s just ok and everyone understands that those folks deserve it…

    But I want to think more about that.

  3. janevangalen October 9, 2008 / 9:22 am

    Hi Jeanne,

    You’re right. It is still ok to mock fat people.

    I wonder if at least some of that has gone somewhat underground, because there is at least some sense that it’s not ok. So you might snipe behind someone’s back or roll your eyes at someone on the street, but would anyone dare have a “Come Fat” theme birthday party?

    What appalls me about “white trash” parties is the sense that it’s just ok and everyone understands that those folks deserve it…

    But I want to think more about that.

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