7 things about Southerners that are not always true

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Just listen to the country music on the radio these days — you’ll hear stereotypes that not every country person fits into. Country life is not always as it’s made out to be. Even Maddie and Tae put out a song called “Girl In A Country Song” that essentially knocks down these assumptions.

“We used to get a little respect, now we’re lucky if we even get to climb up in your truck…”

So here are seven stereotypes about country gals and guys that are not always true.

They all own multiple trucks

The South has places where you can drive a non-truck vehicle, like Dierks Bentley’s Prius (below). The South has cities and not all southerners have trucks.

If you don’t love farms, you ain’t country

Yes, farms are very important and very important to a lot of Southerners. But honestly, a lot of country music folks didn’t even grow up on or near a farm. Again, the South has cities.

Southern women always wear super tight jeans and bikini tops

In the same manner, all country guys don’t always wear boots, cowboy hats, and bolo ties. That’s an imaginary world.

They all have a thick, Southern drawl

“I never thought a prayer could be answered with a whispered, sweet Southern drawl…”

Accents in the South vary depending on where you are. Someone in Louisiana will have a different argot than someone in Kentucky or Texas. Here, watch Fred Armisen explain it.

Southern men can only win over women who’ve had alcohol

“I told her, ‘Put an extra layer on,’ I know what happens when she drinks Patrón. Her closet’s missing half the things she bought. Yeah, tequila makes her clothes fall off.”

Most country music videos show men and women drinking beer, and guys (like Luke Bryan) like to sing about whiskey. That’s not wrong, but sometimes it puts women in a bad light, like they aren’t worth guys’ attention unless they’ve had a bit of Bud Light.

They don’t need much money

Coming from the poor farming family seems like something country stars like to brag about, and they sing about being alright with just a little. It’s probably easy for rich country artists to say that now that they’ve got plenty of it. Besides, Southern cities are among the richest in the US

Southern women are always “raising hell”

Yes, many women (and men) “raise hell,” but it can easily become a stereotype applied to all women in the South. Women are very pleasant, as a matter of fact.

Would you add any stereotypes about Southerners that you’d add?

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