I must confess that I enjoy Jeff Foxworthy and his kin. I once heard him at a United Methodist annual conference meeting where I was speaking, and he brought down the house with his "you might be a United Methodist if...." parody of his famous "you might be a redneck if..." routine. Jeff is a good Georgia Methodist who has increasingly borne witness to his faith, all the while touring the country with the likes of Larry the Cable guy.
He and two other comics were having a joke off on Comedy Central the other night, and I happened to find them. Foxworthy was winning hands down, but they were all pretty funny. It made me think how unique and particular 'rednecks' are to American culture. Yes every culture has its boors, and slobs, and the great unwashed and uneducated. But it takes a special country to produce rednecks. The interesting thing is that you don't even have to be a Southerner to be a redneck, although apparently it helps :) I am awaiting Foxworthy's classic "Rednecks get Religion: the Gospel for Rednecks", but alas it has yet to see the bookstores.
In the meanwhile.... I leave you with two tidbits from his recent general and Methodist routines.....
"You might be a redneck, if you sit at the breakfast table and stare at that can of orange juice for more than a minute, because it says on the label--- Concentrate."
"You might be a Methodist if those cross and flame boxer shorts are on your wish list for next Christmas!"
God bless Jeff.... he puts the T back in tacky, and the R back in redneck.