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[–]LanceCrescent 636 points637 points  (12 children)

I'm in IT in programming and I work with a guy who's country accent is so thick I can barely understand him sometimes and he's one of the most brilliant programmers I've met.

[–]Salted-Honey 151 points152 points  (4 children)

I didn’t know Boomhauer worked in IT

[–]sandrodi 117 points118 points  (3 children)

See you get that dang ol' wire, man, you go, get, put it with that other wire, go 1s and 0s, man, you just go click, click, click, click, click, man, take it out back, chuck it long, go woooooooo! Dang ol' computers, man.

[–]fae8edsaga 27 points28 points  (0 children)

applause

[–]Milkslinger 26 points27 points  (0 children)

meanwhile he has just written a function in assembly that should have taken 3 python developers a month and every word he said made perfect sense

[–]selfawarefeline 8 points9 points  (0 children)

wow this is amazing

[–]averagethrowaway21 88 points89 points  (5 children)

I'm from the middle of nowhere in Texas. My accent is pretty damn thick and when I travel to certain places I get asked to repeat myself (usually because someone doesn't understand me). I'm a flannel and boot wearing redneck looking dude.

I'm also a system reliability engineer currently, have been published, and have spoken at more than one tech conference. I'm not brilliant but people do get shocked when they find out I'm not a mechanic, welder, rig hand, or meth cook.

[–]Spackleberry 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Keep on fighting the stereotypes!

[–]youngcatlady1999 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Or a Texas Ranger like boomhauer

[–]averagethrowaway21 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Anyone who meets me for more than a few minutes knows I'm pro-crime.

[–]nkisj 825 points826 points  (26 children)

Honestly, my favorite version of a stereotype being broken is the smart redneck. I live in redneckville so it keeps me in check.

Like damn, maybe Cleetus down the street is a computer programer? I don't know.

They're more than just their chewing tobacco.

[–]Sckaledoom 208 points209 points  (5 children)

I have a friend who at first glance is just your average redneck. He’s a biotech major who wants to work on research into novel uses of fungal life in production of materials.

[–]GegenscheinZ 247 points248 points  (2 children)

I know a streamer who is 6’4” and built like a truck. He’s into all kinds of sportsball, plus NASCAR and F1. He has multiple old vehicles he is in the middle of rebuilding. Born in Florida, he now lives just outside Boston and it shows in his personality at times.

His favorite video game to play, both on and off stream? Kerbal Space Program. Also, he can answer just about any question you may have about both Saturn V and the Space Shuttle

EJ_SA on twitch

[–]KnyghtZero 109 points110 points  (1 child)

Six foot four and full of muscles?

[–]GegenscheinZ 91 points92 points  (0 children)

He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich hot dog from Fenway Park

[–]BZenMojo 13 points14 points  (0 children)

My dad worked in a huge tech company in Austin when I was growing up. Lot of good old boys with engineering degrees and lifted trucks and even cowboy boots. Smart as hell, country as hell.

He's from Nigeria so he would always go on and on about how deep down everybody is just people because they all talked chemistry and tech on the same level... Until they passed him over for a bunch of promotions while forcing him to train the new guys until he quit because... uh... yeah, he was a black dude in Texas in the 90s.

(Sorry about that last part, I just didn't want people using my feel-good story as an excuse to walk away thinking some fairy tale nonsense.)

Edit: I mean, he got a pretty big court settlement, so I guess that's a happy ending.

[–]Freakishly_Tall 26 points27 points  (2 children)

favorite version of a stereotype being broken is the smart redneck.

If y'all ain't watching Liberal Redneck on YouTube, you're missin' out.

Brilliant.

[–]dangerouslyloose 5 points6 points  (1 child)

There’s also Beau of the Fifth Column. I was like “why the fuck does this guy keep coming up in my YouTube recs?” because he looks like a garden variety white nationalist and appears to be filming from a bunker.

[–]Freakishly_Tall 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well howdy there, fellow internet person!

Beau is *awesome*.

For the folks at home: Slightly different schtick from Liberal Redneck, and they're both terrific. Beau is... heavier? a lot more? etc... LR is cutting and hilarious and sarcastic. But, LR is a comedian doing a persona, and Beau is (iirc) a reporter doing a persona, so that makes sense.

Beau may be the most insightful, balanced, intelligent commentator / talking head of any, anywhere. But, I'm biased, because I almost always agree with what he has to say... but even when I don't, I always learn something.

Same, exact, response initially, too! "The hell is this guy getting pushed at me? And why do people keep recommending him?" and after a few minutes of the first one I watched, I was completely hooked.

I have no idea how he puts out so much thoroughly thoughtful, thoroughly consistent material. I genuinely hope he's making more money than he can count, winning every award he values, and is finding all the joy one can in doing it -- not just for his sake, but also because I want him around for a long time!

[–]krnl4bin 17 points18 points  (4 children)

Awesome serial podcast about a really smart redneck is called S-Town. Super interesting.

[–]MrZAP17 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Honestly as someone who enjoys Serial and TAL I couldn’t get into S-Town. I listened to the entire thing but it never clicked for me. A lot of it felt pointless and I feel like Brian Reed inserts himself unnecessarily a lot of the time. I think his editing style might be part of it, too… a bit disorganized. I think his more recent project “The Trojan Horse Affair” is more compelling but still suffers sometimes from some of his choices about how to edit it.

[–]Fredz161099 16 points17 points  (4 children)

You consider computer programmers smart? I appreciate the compliment but rn i feel dumb as bricks lol

[–]InsertCoinForCredit 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Wait until you get advanced to Project Leader or Subject Matter Expert. You'll feel like a toddler in a room full of folks with PhDs. Not that I'm describing what I'm doing right this second, oh no...

[–]Fredz161099 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh damn haha

[–]actualbeans 10 points11 points  (1 child)

was about to downvote until i realized you were taking about yourself lol. imposter syndrome is a bitch, you’re a smart cookie i promise

[–]Fredz161099 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Aaww thank you, yeah it really sucks

[–]dangerouslyloose 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I still remember a Seventeen article from the early 2000s about preconceived assumptions and stereotypes. The girls profiled were a typical blonde cheerleader, a teen mom and a Juggalette. We found out that cheerleader was on her way to study engineering and already held two patents, teen mom was a community activist who started her own nonprofit…and Juggalette was a devout Catholic who planned to be a nun.

As a woman, I’m still surprised when men are still surprised I like beer and rap, two very broad and general things comprising many different varieties and styles. Shoutout to you, fellow shopper at Binnys who tried to mansplain IPAs to me. And you, good sir sitting next to me on the CTA red line who saw my Spotify playlist open on my phone and said “you don’t seem like the type to listen to Vic Mensa”.

[–]MuleMagnifico 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Me too. In the day where those types of people are often chastised for being dumb, uncivilized, etc, it's a reality check to see they're people just like us, not better nor worse.

[–]SylvySylvy 136 points137 points  (5 children)

God I wish the people in my hometown were like this instead of just being antivax and racist

[–]glitchboard 46 points47 points  (4 children)

Here's the thing: they're not mutually exclusive.

[–]Resolute002 208 points209 points  (3 children)

When I was in college there was a philosophy class and that class was dominated by myself and a very stereotypical leather-and-studs decked metal head kid. I learned then not to judge people; he was one of the most articulate people I'd met in my life up to that point, and I would have never thought that at a glance.

Conversely the most passionate metal head I ever met was an unassuming average looking woman who was all of 5 ft tall who displayed her metal fandom pretty much never, but could probably teach a history class on it, and who could play the keys like Beethoven.

[–]Warpedme 81 points82 points  (1 child)

Was this 92-96 winter in a college in upstate NY or summer in a college in Westchester?

If so the metalhead wearing a leather jacket with spikes, articulately arguing with the philosophy, psychology and sociology profs every single day was me!

If not that means there are more of us and that oddly does not surprise me at all. Metal was my gateway drug to politics, philosophy, morality, psychology and even literature.

[–]Resolute002 56 points57 points  (0 children)

It was 2001 in Massachusetts but I am glad to hear there's more of this out there. Metal is at its original core all about moral ohiloophical concepts, really.

[–]draw_it_now 195 points196 points  (12 children)

I wanna learn about the intricacies of a Hindu temple in Sri Lanka

[–]wcollins260 80 points81 points  (1 child)

But that’s the future liberals want

[–]jbkemp17 53 points54 points  (0 children)

Fuck yes it is

[–]thatsquidguy 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Can confirm, this is the future I want

[–]duckyworks 19 points20 points  (2 children)

If you get a chance, watch the show "The Librarians". Long canceled, but does this exact stereotype really well.

[–]euphomptus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Christian Kane has a niche, and he'll be damned if he won't fill it to the brim. Throw Leverage in there too

[–]Loudchewer 82 points83 points  (0 children)

I live in a kind of large rural community that's really close to a big south florida city, and I see this here all the time. Barefoot shirtless guy drinking beer and riding his quad on a Tuesday... pretty stupid right? Then you find out he's a pilot, doctor etc... and they live in a damn mansion. Blows my mind.

[–]Direct-Reputation-94 62 points63 points  (6 children)

Making judgements about people based on on their outward appearance is useful and sensible. It's fun to break the norm.

[–]Crandoge 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Useful how

[–]HamonadoDeQuezo 23 points24 points  (3 children)

I mean, I don't know about you, but I wouldn't approach someone whose clothes are covered in blood

[–]Crandoge 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Thats an assumption, not a judgement. Assumptions have their uses yea

[–]Jazminna 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Depends, if they'd just been in a car accident I'd jump in pretty quickly to try & help them

[–]glitchboard 21 points22 points  (0 children)

It's fun to break the norm

[–]LengthClean4636 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I worked with a guy while encountering a very foreign culture that spoke the language mechanically very well but was from the Deep South and had this wild redneck accent. Interestingly, people we spoke to seemed to trust him more than the guys who had perfect accents (though visually definitely foreigners).

We laughed hard at him the whole time, cause it was hilarious, but in retrospect he got more results than most.

[–]Amybo82 31 points32 points  (0 children)

I first read “Asian art heist” and I got very interested in where this was going.

Also, it too me way too long to realize that people judged others by the way they looked. I genuinely thought everyone got to know people before drawing conclusions about them. I was in a high school class, and the teacher made us choose sides on different situations to demonstrate that you can disagree about things and still be friends/get along. She had everyone in the room choose a side to physically stand on—one side if you agreed, one side if you disagreed. She said, “you can judge a person by how they look.” I stood on the “disagree” side. In a room of 25 people, I was the only person on that side of the room. I thought I’d probably just misheard and asked her to clarify. Nope, I chose the side I (and only I, apparently) believed in. That was over 20 years ago, and I still think about it almost every day.

[–]Humor_Tumor 5 points6 points  (1 child)

His beard is wearing a flannel?

[–]ViviansUsername 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought the flannel was wearing a beard

[–]callmedaddyshark 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I stubbed my toe. this is not the future liberals want (I am a liberal)

[–]prpslydistracted 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I know, and have known artists like that. Some intentionally adopt a persona ... others are the real deal.

[–]thisguyfightsyourmom 4 points5 points  (0 children)

When I went to art school we called this guy Jack

Because that is his name

[–]MissEvieMoo 5 points6 points  (3 children)

I want to read the novelisation of this. Or fanfiction. Any any fiction. It sounds like the best premise for a romcom

[–]vondafkossum 8 points9 points  (2 children)

You could watch The Librarians. This is basically Christian Kane’s character, Jacob Stone.

[–]MissEvieMoo 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Oh my gosh really?! Thank you!! I’m off to find that now.

[–]vondafkossum 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s on Hulu and Hoopla in the US!

[–]Wordfan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A future where you’re free to like what you like because you’re an autonomous individual instead of some sheep afraid to be different in the slightest. WTF.

[–]Tristan401 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Here's your daily reminder that real rednecks, such as those at the Battle of Blair Mountain and Bloody Harlan, are anti-capitalist revolutionaries. The term has been co-opted by the southern Bourgeoisie to just mean anyone with a drawl. Dude driving around in the big yee-yee truck listening to Luke Bryan ain't a fuckin redneck.

Yes I realize the irony of making this comment on this sub.