A couple of articles popped up last week documenting the latest resurgence in "redneck" style in pop culture. Kid Rock, My Name is Earl, trucker hats and Pabst Blue Ribbon are just some examples of the images that are being consumed and adored. The Whittier Daily News included an argument that these white trash works "create a sense of belonging and pride, even if you are in a lower economic class" by having a culture members can celebrate--similar to the way the ghetto is presented in hip hop. Others such as Pennsylvania State University sociologist Karen Bettez Halnon call this "poor chic" a way of "making fun of poverty, making it recreation, but divorced of any kind of social obligation."
"One of my favorite subjects [to read about is] Muhammad Ali...And I just--you know, the “Black is Beautiful” thing kept coming up and coming up and coming up. One day, like, it kind of rang in my head--white trash beautiful, you know?
It's the same kind of sentiment, you know what I mean? To kind of uplift. To uplift. It's half-funny, half, like, trying to say, like, you know-- right now it's kind of funny, because white trash is like this fashion statement [with] mullets and trucker hats and stuff [so] it's kind of clowning them, and then it's, like, kind of just giving, like, the people who really might be considered that, which is just lower-income white America something to say, like, “Don't listen to that kind of crap.” You know?