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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Static From The Geek-In-Chief: Blue Collar Crazy!

We Blue Staters, as a whole, don't see eye to eye with our Red Stated brethren. Our political views are different, and our thoughts on family values and art clearly come from a different place. We don't get NASCAR. We don't like country and western. And we have no idea what "rims" are.

So as a Blue Stater, I was shocked to learn that the number one cable show of the week was none other than the Comedy Central's Roast of Jeff Foxworthy. That's right, that guy who unspools redneck jokes and his posse of largely unfully cohorts took control of a cable network and steered it to its second highest ratings in its history. How could this happen? How could anyone find this... funny?

Guess what, snobb-o: they do find it funny. In droves.

As a group, I'd like to think we Blue Staters like a little sophistication in our comedy; generally, we prefer fart jokes that work on a higher level. Subtitles? Even better. We also like we think we accurately reflect the general population because we like a Dixie Chicks song or watched a Dukes of Hazzard repeat one time back in the '80's. Our finger is on the pulse; heck, we ARE the pulse.

So it's no surprise that when I tell friends and co-workers about the unbelievable success of the Foxworthy Roast, I get stunned bug-eyed jaw-drops. Many Bluies still think Bush stole the last election because they don't know anyone who actually voted for him. They can't fathom a mullet wearing populus that prefers jokes about pick-ups and Schlitz to a wry Woody Allen satire, a group that would rather watch a tractor pull than Sex & The City.

In fact, there's no clearer evidence than this year's Oscars telecast. In the metered markets (read: big cities), the Chris Rock hosted telecast did gangbusters, but the show tanked in flyover country. It'd be interesting to see what the ratings would be like if Blue Collar Comic Larry The Cable Guy hosted next year's awards show. of course, most Hollywood types have never even heard of him, so it's unlikely he'd be able to Git-R-Done.

But this is clearly a referendum, a mandate, a serious indication that the Necks Of Color in this country will be heard. It's as bold a statement as the one made last year in the Electoral College- maybe even bolder. It just might be a sign that the revolution has begun.

So I guess the inevitable transformation should begin. On my way back from picking up my purebreed from doggy day care, I'm pickin' me up an Travis Tritt T-shirt and some pork rinds. Hmm... I wonder how they'd taste with my sushi?

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