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Difference between white trash and redneck

Updated on February 5, 2013
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I am sick and tired of hearing people misuse the derogatory terms redneck and white-trash, believe it or not there are differences, they are not interchangeable as one would think. Granted the differences are few and far between, but nevertheless, there are still differences. Yes, there are some similarities between the two, like for example the mullet, walking barefoot outdoors and Walmart, but they are not one in the same.

I feel as if I'm an authority on the subject, and have the right to speak about it, because my family is as white-trash as they come, and my girlfriend's family is as redneck as the Clampetts from the Beverly Hillbillies.

Here are a few of the differences:


Most if not all white-trash are poor, however, you can have rednecks who are tiny like Tim or large like Trump, wealth or the lack thereof does not signify a person is a redneck.

When it comes to sisters, white-trash are typically known to beat theirs, rednecks on the other hand, are known to sleep with theirs.

Rednecks attend NRA meetings, white-trash attend AA meetings.

White-trash wash laundry in the sink and hang it out of their window to dry, rednecks just cover their dirty clothes up with a fresh pair of overalls.

Rednecks almost always vote Republican, white-trash doesn't vote at all...unless it's for America's next Idol.

White-trash know the American flag flies high above the building where they go to pick up their government assistance, rednecks live and die by the Rebel flag...even though it was for a war they lost.

Rednecks drive pickup trucks, white-trash have their cars parked on the front lawn on blocks.


These are just some of the differences between the two, which should show you that they are not the same thing. So please, next time you're about to call someone a redneck or white-trash, evaluate the situation and use the correct term, think before you speak.

Forget "Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, we need someone to sing a song about Rednecks and White-Trash, maybe we could get Larry the Cable Guy and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue to sing it.

Michael

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      michael...This one is well-worth reading again. I want to keep the difference between the groups, fresh in my mind. I hate to be socially inept or embarrass myself by mistaking a redneck for white trash. The fallout can be disastrous.

      Truth is.....I just wanted to start my day off with a good down-home country laugh!

      Love this hub!

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      Zero 3 years ago

      I will agree with some of those but (and not to be derogatory towards white trash) to sum it up white trash are just quasi sophisticated armchair intellectual rednecks that happened to have sold out somewhere along their family tree. I would also add, while both have tattoos WT definitely on average has more or them. The wife or sister beating is spot on though. While I am sure rednecks do it plenty, (I have never done it btw)my god have I heard of some beat downs in WT fams, and the women brag about it and somehow the strong ones use it to their advantage ( shakes head) The typical redneck stereotype family I think of would be a family somewhere in the Ozarks, east texas ect that hunts or butchers their own hogs and makes a years worth of smoked sausage at a time all the while keeping in touch with their kin that are off fighting in Iraq. The typical white trash family I think of either subsidized housing/apartment in the city or small town bar flies in towns that straddle the main city. The small town ones that live just outside of town are usually the ones that you don't want to fuck with and not because you will get beat up which is almost inevitable at some point for everyone involved but that the drama that unfolds before you eyes in the matter of a few months getting to know the extended posse and historical shit fits between cross linking parties which was intentionally kept hidden to avoid scaring you off gets so natural born killer type of I wanna fuck that stripper don't you want to as well Megan? "Why yes Stacy I do but if that boyfriend of yours ever insinuates that you and I are together I am going to kick his ass. At the end there I emphasize a heavy left leaning liberal bent that points a finger at anything that might prevent a good time and or welfare check. Furthermore, if I were the grand vizier of who gets put on endangered species lists I would have to as of about 1985 put rednecks on that list ( determined by the milestone of electing seemingly cali. conservative actors to president status thus completing the conversion of rednecks to white trash t.v heads...kinda does it for me let alone a long list of other dandies) The redemption and happy ending here is that with the impending implosion of society a certain amount of white trash will put back on their coveralls, put a dip in, and start getn-ner-done one last time:)

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Insane Mundane I can clearly see you are not a Hardees man...how about Arby's?

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      I know you are trying to be terse, but hell, I'll go with that, as long as ham and rats are involved... To hell with Hardee's! LOL!

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Insane Mundane then the Hardee's menu?

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      If you live in a country that publishes articles about their own self, as the majority, being too fat to fight while the army has to change its training regimen, I doubt if the menu @ McDonalds is fun; blah!

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Insane Mundane yeah I think it's the menu at McDonalds.

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      Yeah, ain't there something written somewhere on some ancient tablet that speaks about how us wicked freaks have the most fun?

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Insane Mundane being trash rocks the trailer.

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      Yeah, I never knew being trash was a good thing, until I read this Hub; ha! I think I'll quit my night job and get into the recycling business... Well, it has got to be more economic than prostitution, right?

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @DrMark1961 we're all stars in the dope show baby.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I thought this hub was really good, but then I read the comments...they were even weirder. You guys all rock, in a strange, red and white sort of way.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream very nicley said...bravo young lady...thanks for keeping it real.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Yeah hypocrites, that's it, hypocrites. I dont' expect the world to be like me, in fact I don't want everyone to be like me. I just don't like that people try to fit into some version of what the think the majority of society would find acceptable.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream unfortunately there's a lot of people like that...the world is full of hypocrites.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Sure, I can respect someone for laughing behind closed doors, it's when they call ya out and tell you that you're warped that bothers me. :-)

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream I would agree with that...it's not proper to laugh at some of this stuff...so they'll chuckle behind closed doors.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Michael,

      You know what's even worse? I am certain that some of these tight wads actually laugh inside and then x out of the page. They think it's funny they're just too "good" to admit it.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream amen to that...there are way too many tight butt people around here...people need to lighten up...life is way too short to be that miserable.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      That's my kind of people. Some people just don't understand me... or maybe they're just easily offended? Either way, I don't actually try to offend people, I just think everything is funny and some people are just too uptight.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream I don't make sense on a good day...so I'm not worried.

      Thanks girl...you are making me blush.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Yes Michael,

      He is quite the cat's meow, but then so are you! ;-)

      I can't believe I've been hanging out with soccer moms on here for 2 months. Where the heck were you boys hiding?

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      I just keep typing and pushing submit and haven't scrolled above, for all I know half of my comments are being deleted and I'm having conversations that are scattered and not making sense?

      You are the king of flattery, I don't know why so many ladies don't appreciate the true words of a man's heart?

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Insane Mundane you know I got your back...besides, that's what life is all about...laughing and having a good time.

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      This Michael guy is pretty dang cool... He even approves our unapproved comments; thanks, dude!

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream they are pretty tough...that's why I do most of my work on my blog now...no restraints.

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      Dang, just got another comment canned by the filters... All I was trying to say is that I'd totally drop the bottom out of that as$; how's that for flattery! Ha!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      On a serious note though, I really hope HP isn't as bad about censoring and moderating as I've heard. I've seen poetry hubs with nudity but if it's called poetry it's art I guess? Some jokes are funnier when you bend words a little. I don't want to write for a Barney audience, not trying to write x-rated either but gee, something in the middle should be okay?

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream you know you are always welcome at my place...and you can always do whatever you want here...mi casa es su casa baby.

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      I'd totally drop the bottom out of that ass! How's that for flattery? Ha!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Michael,

      You too? Wow, I'm certainly popular. I thought we had poop and Nintendo in common, but I didn't know you felt that way.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Insane Mundane,

      You really know how to flatter a girl; it's not every day that I get called sexy trailer trash. You must stop it, I am blushing!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Sorry,

      The people in my house were complaining that they wanted food so I had to round up some scraps.

      Michael, buddy ol' pal. I hoped you wouldn't mind when you returned to see that Insane and myself had run away with your page. Glad to see we all play at the same park!

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Insane Mundane amen to that...Hub Pages has more spam than my local supermarket.

      Oh she is...she's hotter than the sun baby.

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      LOL! Ain't that the truth... Oh, wait, can I still say "ain't" on here... That's right, proper English doesn't matter, as spamming 3rd graders from India often triumph on sites like this; ha!

      Speaking of freaks, is Kitty Cat (cantuhearmescream) one of the sexiest babes on HubPages, trailer trash or not, at the moment!

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      What's up party people (Cantuhearmescream/Insane Mundane)...what the poop did I walk into here!? You guys are dirty...dirty little freaks...and I like it. Hub Pages is going to kick us all out...they don't like our kind here...at least that's what I've been told.

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      I'm not rash, maybe brash, at times... Trailer trash as in the stereotype, not literal, is what I meant...

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Hey, now don't be rash and I 'm not trailer trash; I've never even lived in a trailer!

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      Oh, no... It would just be between me & you, as I don't sell that kind of stuff anymore... Plus, oh, never mind... If I start sending you naughty pics of me, then you'll start harassing me non-stop... Okay, okay, I'll just go back to thinking you are trailer trash and take this cool dude's advice, ya know, the one who wrote this hub... C-Ya!

      P.S. I commented on your blog earlier...

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      (shhhh... they could be watching)

      I am not sure that I am aware of what you are talking about Mr. Mundane. What kind of a girl do you think I am? I have respect for myself. Thank you

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      Dang, I just got unapproved, as well...

      Anyway, Kitty, feel free to send those naughty pics my way, as I used to own & operate an [changing words so I won't get deleted] online "adult" portal that made a few blings off such; ha!

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      Just e-mail the dang pornographic pic and I'll tell ya if it is dirty or not; geez! Oh, if it makes you feel better, I used to own and operate a porno portal, a few years back; ha!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Gee, are they watching me? I'm still a Hub virgin, I guess I better be more careful. And I thought I was already censoring myself? Sorry to dirty up your page with my filth Michael.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      MichaelJohnMele,

      Did you do it? Did you remove my x-rated, tasteful, pornographic picture?

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      Come back Kitty, kitty... It says your last comment was unapproved; ya must have said something naughty that triggered the content filters; blah!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Insane,

      Hey, ...not another one of "those chicks", you must read the conversation leading to the tied, beaten and raped!

      Anyway, I'm not picky... dirty doesn't have to be bad. ;-)

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      Wow! I hit the jackpot here! ...Like one big, giant, trailer trash cohesion! Thanks for the laugh, uh, I guess...

      @Kitty Cat (cantuhearmescream): Oh, crap, another one of those chicks... Well, let me go dirty my house up so ya might come over... *rolls eyes*

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      MichaelJohnMele,

      First of all, I think we need to shorten our screen names.

      Second, lucky? I was tied up, beaten and raped; not playing tiddly winks! What are you some kind of insensitive animal?

      Tub of ice? You poor thing. Have you emotionally recovered from your ordeal?

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream cool...you got to spend a whole month in someone's basement...I wish I was that lucky...all I got was to wake up in a tub full of ice with a big nasty scar on my side.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      In my house my parents taught me to be polite to everyone, never said anything about strangers. It wasn't until I spent a month in someone's basement that I realized "strangers" were bad people. I'm okay now though.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream thank you so much for making my evening a lot of fun...don't be a stranger...remember stranger danger. Goodnight my friend.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Hey, I'll try to leave you alone for a while, stay away from some of your hubs to prevent the temptation and let you get on with your evening. But I will certainly check out your site and you'll be hearing from me! Thanks for the laughs.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream everything happens for a reason...and in due time my friend...it doesn't matter how long it took...it only matter that it happened. Let me know what you think.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      MichaelJohnMele,

      I absolutely will. I'm completely interested now! ... and thank you! I'm sorry it took me 2 months to find ya!

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream girl you are the best..thanks so much for the kind words and support. Check out my blog "The Insane Asylum" (http://the-insane-asylum.blogspot.com/) and let me know what you think...I really respect your opinion.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      I'll read it, tweet it, pin it and like it. Hey, if people don't think you're funny they must have an awfully boring sense of humor. I'll eat StoveTop Stuffing at your house any day over escargot at theirs. Okay, bad example, I wouldn't eat escargot anywhere, unless there is a lot of money involved and I have a pussy gut, so it'd have to be a looot of money. :-)

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream I thought about writing a sequel...but I didn't think anyone would read it.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      I think it's hilarious and you should make a part 2, 3, 4...

      I'm sure you could find enough content on this subject alone to last a lifetime and your approach is super funny. I don't want a guy in argyle socks, penny loafers and pleated pants to give his version of the difference between rednecks and white-trash!

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream thank you very much for reading my nonsense...and for the comment...you rock.

      My family is one the white-trash side of the fence...and my girlfriend's is on the redneck side...so trust me...I'm an expert on the subject.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      MichaelJohnMele,

      Oh my lanta, well this just 'bout has ta be one da funniest hubs I ever dun read! I imagine this hub is funniest to those who are redneck/white-trash or frolic with the kind. I am pretty sure I laughed out loud a few times and wondered how you knew my neighbors. I particularly enjoyed your differences in how brothers treat their sisters. You rock! Thanks for the laugh. Oh yeah, voted up, awesome and funny ;-)

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @midget38 to me, stereotypes are really funny...because they really only represent the minority in any given group...not the majority...but so many people believe otherwise.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I think it's all a matter of the environment in which one was raised....no matter what the background. It really doesn't matter if you're a redneck or white trash, or both! I think labels are stereotyping, and should not be used frivolously. Thanks for sharing!

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @fpherj48 I don't really know if that's true...because I know a lot of both (rednecks/white-trash) folks that use the bathroom outside.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Where I live, we can all tell the difference between the two groups. Red Necks have the decency to use an out house. White trash just "go" where ever they are.

      I thought it was the same all over. Makes it a lot simpler, don't you think?

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      Anytime my friend...that's what I'm here for.

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      moonfairy 4 years ago

      thanks for straightening that out....I'll be more careful from now on!!

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      Michael John Mele 5 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Ericdierker so you're saying that some white-trash are incognito as rednecks...hmm very interesting.

      Thanks for the feedback my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Really nicely written. I do think that it should be noted that there are a lot of white-trash who try to fake being rednecks.

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      Michael John Mele 5 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Omnivium you're one of the smart ones...but unfortunately not everybody is like you, they just assume they are one in the same.

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      Omnivium 5 years ago

      I always thought the redneck stereotype is a racist farmer with pink skin, and a white trash guy is just a poor white guy.

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      Michael John Mele 5 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Thomas...that's all I ask. Thanks for helping keep it real.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Michael,

      I am embarrassed to admit that I have been confusing the two for quite some time. As I like to consider myself culturally sensitive, I shall henceforth look for the tell-tale signs that you have wisely provided here and (of course) act accordingly.

      Thomas