Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by rfisher, Feb 18, 2013.
Where exactly in the world is country bumpkin not derogatory?
While "country bumpkin" isn't exactly complementary, I don't think it's much more than mildly derogatory and certainly not highly offensive. I think there's also a slight tone of affection in the term. It's certainly not as harsh as "hayseed" or "rube" or "redneck."
Yes, calling someone a bumpkin is offensive, and you clearly meant it in a derogatory manner.
I don't recall her saying "flaming" and didn't think the Richard Simmons comparison was derogatory, the shorts he wore the first leg ( with headband ) and the knee high socks basically was richard's typical outfit. Plus he had that extremely hyper always on personality. Due to wynnona's demographic I almost guarantee she used to do "sweating to the oldies". I really don't think it was a slur.
I don't think country bumpkin is the slightest bit offensive. Plenty of country bumpkins I know use the term to refer to themselves as fun and almost "cutesy". I'm Australian and no one I know uses the term as derogatory at all...
I think by definition alone one has to accept that bumpkin can be offensive. I can see where someone might jokingly say to a friend "you are such a bumpkin" but to call a couple who fit the stereotype country bumpkins can't be a compliment
I will admit to never watching before and only tuning in this year because of the former Carolina Hurricane making an appearance. Bates owns a bar here in Raleigh and is known as a really nice, approachable guy, so he might be able to stay in good graces with all of the teams. Except maybe the newlywed couple from He** who I already detest.
"An awkward, unsophisticated person; a yokel."
I'd say that is offensive.
Now with many 'reclaimed' terms, yes they can be used in an affectionate, joking manner among friends, and people may call themselves that- but PeterG wasn't being affectionate, he was name calling people based on their stereotype, which I find funny because he was doing that after taking offense at them stereotyping someone else!
(I also found out from Wikipedia that Richard Simmons has never publically addressed his sexuality, so he may or may not be gay...)
Isn't that up to the individual to decide? People can fit a stereotype and note it themselves and not be at all offended. I don't know anyone who would be offended by being called a country bumpkin. Even if you tell me it's an offensive term, I'm still not going to be offended by it.
Some people don't care if/that they're awkward and unsophisticated, some embrace it and are proud of it. Others just don't give a shit what people think. I don't think the term was used in a mean manner on the show at all, but that might be because I've never heard it used meanly. I think neither team was being mean.
I definitely didn't pick up on anything that Wynonna said as being offensive during the episode, I was so confused when I read on here that someone had an issue with something I don't find the "country bumpkin" term to be offensive at all. I'm actually dating someone who has referred to himself at that before.
I´m not offended by it either, but I'm not a country bumpkin. If I were it might offend me.
btw..I don't know if it was said on the show. I was just commenting on the comment on it in this thread. I find on Amazing Race they often have nicknames for different teams based on stereotypes and for the most part find they use them to identify the teams and aren't trying to be offensive so it doesn't really bother me.
I think Wynona was too busy trying to catch her breath the whole leg to have any time to be offensive.
Wouldn't that apply to what Wynnona said as well, then?
Is Richard Simmons a stereotype? Or a comparision?
She didn't call him gay, which would be a stereotype if it was based only on his clothes and manner. (If she did use the word 'flaming' then I'll take this statement back and say Wynnona was stereotyping, but I didn't hear that word.)
(ETA: She said "we got beat by Richard Simmons in the -funky- shorts and knee high socks.")
Yes. Was anyone offended?
Clearly PeterG was based on his post here.
I think the people on TV shows like The Andy Griffith Show, Hee Haw and Little House on the Prairie were all country bumpkins. Since I moved out of the city and am embracing small-town living, I think I'm moving towards country bumpkin-hood. And I'm proud of that.
As for the comparison to Richard Simmons, he's been considered a joke by many in the television industry, David Letterman being a prime example. Simmons is not held in esteem in the industry, but as a late-night talk show joke. (Well, for old people that is... ) So comparing someone to somebody who others see as a effeminate/whack-job/has-been is definitely not a compliment. (And are we to believe that anybody is working out to their 'Sweatin' To The Oldies' videocassettes anymore? )
I would say "redneck" is as much a compliment as it is an insult. My Mom and I were talking about that word the other day and she said, "do you know how people got that name"? And I said, yes, it's because they work hard all day long outside until their neck gets sunburnt. I felt that these kind of people are doing some of the hardest, most important work out there and felt somewhat confused about how it became a slur.
But some people are awkward and unsophisticated, so it's not an insult, it's just fact. Personally, I don't see the appeal of being sophisticated. I like watching my reality TV in sweat pants while I eat Wagon Wheels.
Oh, so it wasn't that you considered it a gay slur, but that you were offended that she compared what's-his-name to someone David Letterman makes jokes about?
And some people are effeminate/whack-job/has-beens, too, no?
I've stated that the word I used (bumpkin) was not meant as a "slur" and that I'm starting to think that I'm rather bumpkin-ish. To compare someone to a person who is considered a joke in their industry is not something I can see as being anything other than a slam.
But you know that Wynnona meant her remarks as a slur because you know how she personally regards Richard Simmons, while Skittl should have known that you meant your insulting term with affection because of how you personally meant it.
Really? Because I can't think of one occasion when I've heard it used where it was meant as a compliment.
Umm...yeah, because it's really 50/50 as to how Richard Simmons is viewed by the general public... Plus getting all huffy as if "bumpkin" is as offensive as the n-word or the f-word is beyond
We're not talking about the general public, are we? We are talking about something said by one person. And you were talking about late night TV show hosts.
Apparently at least some of the general public quite like Richard Simmons; otherwise, he wouldn't have much of a career.
As is acting as if you were accused of the equivalent of some dire insult . If you don't think the comments you would get in those cases would be different, give 'em a try.
I couldn't care less if you think the country bumpkins are country bumpkins or hicks or hayseeds or anything else; it's this rather lame attempt to pretend that while you were angered by a "slur," you were in turn using a deragotory label with nothing more than affection that is . Do you often respond to people who insult gays with terms of sincere affection?
I don't think we're talking about the Amazing Race anymore, so I've sent you a private message Prancer.
People online has an article up about Chippendale Jaymes and how he has released a single to help raise funds for his sick father:
Just watched the episode (or what I could - as usual CBS' video viewer conked out partway through and I had to just listen to the last 10-ish minutes).
Glad the anti-TWINNIES! are gone. Please ceiling cat let there be no more talk of taking penalties this season.
Jessica & John are annoying. His headband makes him look like actor Matt Barr (Sully from the much beloved Harper's Island. I thought the 5 team alliance about the 2nd express pass was unwise, but having agreed to it, the only way to get out of it without looking like an ass is if the 2nd place team exits the race. John's proclamation about keeping the alliance quiet is stupid - but I'm sure he knows it just gives incentive to an enterprising other team to spill the beans so they have a chance for it. I do hope Dave's injury is not serious and he can continue in the race. He and Connor did a great job in recovering from the snorkle gear mishap. And how evil was it that they were allowed to ride all the way to the pearl diving location without the gear?
I really don't want to see or hear Hockey Brother dealing with his teeth all season
Country Barbies impressed me a little today
Why are these people making alliances? It's a RACE!
I was on the phone. Did Connor and dad use the express pass?
Yes but just to skip the detour. They are on their way to the roadblock so they have to do that to finish the leg. Connor will have to do it whatever it is.
Would his dad not have been able to fish?
They were afraid the fishing would take too long.
This schmozzle race is hilarious!
New Zealanders have a weird sense of fun. I'm following Phil's live tweets and he's cracking himself up watching.
This detour is crazy.
And lots of lost people in New Zealand!
I'm PML'ing over the roadblack task concept
I would do that road block in a heart beat.
And I would've saved the express pass for something Dave (?) couldn't do.
is there anyone watching this who doesn't want to book a trip to New Zealand? Just gorgeous!
Figured it would be the dreaded "To be continued" when the detour barely started for most of the teams just a few minutes till the top of the hour.
I wonder if they wish they had saved the express pass now.
To be continued
I hope Dave and Connor at least try to keep going.
We should all get together and go as a group. FSU roadtrip to New Zealand with a stop off at Bora Bora!
I have been so absorbed in the episode that I didn't realize the time running out for the episode, usually I can tell when it's TBC based on that. I was so surprised when Phil whipped out another clue and saw that it was 8:55!
BALI next week!!
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