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When Did White Trash Become the New Normal?: A Southern Lady Asks the Impertinent Question Hardcover – October 28, 2013
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Do not read this book if you find yourself easily offended by things like common decency, morality, or good manners.
You'll wish for a more civilized world after Hays traces the roots of our modern epidemic of trashiness.
Targeting some of the more egregious, surprisingly successful absurdities of reality TV, such as Honey Boo Boo and the Kardashians, along with the general abandonment of manners, tattoo fetishism, McMansions dubiously rescued from foreclosure, and the relentless pursuit of Type 2 diabetes, Hays invokes Toynbee for the proposition that the present path will doom America.
The premise is that the culture has long since been overwhelmed by what the author sees as the normalization of "white trash" values and behaviors taken to a higher level pervading not only general pop culture but the attitudes of the elites.
Quick, fun read.
The Beverly Hillbillies may have been silly, but it never pretended to be anything else.
Today, idiots with a trailer-trash mentality from Kardashian to the hirsute duck call family are celebrated as cultural heroes, hawking millions of dollars worth of crap to a gullible American audience.
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A frighteningly spot-on assessment of how our culture got to a place where the Kardashians became celebrities and out-of-wedlock births became an epidemic. Read morePublished 3 days ago by R.L.
The author doesn't explore much more deeply than simple observation. If one is ordering this book they are already interested in the changes happening in American society. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Hull
You’ve met Charlotte Hays before: the spinster aunt at a wedding who thinks the bridesmaids’ outfits have too much décolletage and the bride probably “has to get married”;... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miss Ivonne
This is a terrific commentary on the direction that civilization is headed, and Miss Hays doesn't pull any punches. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathylee Johnson
I was expecting a humorous read. What a pleasant surprise to find insight and statistics to back up her opinions, which match a lot of mine!Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Utterly bereft of the gracious, good-humored comedy of the 'Official Southern Ladies' Guide' books, it's hard to believe that this mean-spirited, unnecessarily political rant is... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Eileen B.