Update 2: Guilty as charged. It turns out that I “completely agreed” with a comment that included the word ‘manure’. I was responding to the reference to Baptist. Williams really needs to get a life. Although there is a Part 2 scheduled from Williams, I will do you all a favor and move on.
Update: Hypocrisy lives in Old Virginia. Apparently, Richard Williams disapproves of my reference to him as “insecure” but he has no problem describing me as a “Northern elitist” and “envious.” And how does linking to a story implicate me with every word choice? I simply linked to the story. Unfortunately, this is business as usual for Williams. He should look more closely at the kinds of websites he links to as well as his own track record of generalizing and insulting people that he knows nothing about before he goes after others.
Only Richard Williams could interpret my last post about Blake Lively’s new fashion line (inspired by “Georgia peaches” and “sweet tea”) as a full-blown assault against all things Southern. According to Williams, “Some folks just don’t seem to understand that there’s a lot more to the South than 1861-1865, cotton, slavery and hillbillies.”
Perhaps the anger is envy. It’s demonstrably evident that Southern culture dominates much of American life….
We have Southern belles, but no Northern belles. (And what man wouldn’t rather listen to a woman from Alabama with a soft Southern drawl talk to you over the phone vs. the nasal twang of a young lady from New Joisey?) To conclude, having lived in the South for 56 years, I have very little patience for Northeast elites who suggest such insulting nonsense about Southerners.
Richard also includes a “not [so] totally scientific” survey that is meant to reveal the pervasiveness or popularity of Southern culture. His choice of search terms is revealing in and of itself. What this has to do with my post is unclear.
If I understand Williams correctly, the Blake Lively clothing line ought to be defended as part of our rich Southern culture even though she was born and raised in California. As far as I can tell, the clothing has nothing to do with the South or its history and it’s not even clear that the photographs were taken anywhere near the South. The website offers nothing more than the typical worn out cliches, but I guess in Williams’s world this is worth defending. I had no idea that his understanding of Southern culture was this shallow.