By Mssr. Lee Fou
While I was reading Ellie Mangle-Lero’s wonderful post today about the ongoing Cultural Revolution, I noticed that the lead picture was of the Beverly Hillbillies. I haven’t thought about that show in years, and then it hit me like a TON OF BRICKS! They were Inveterate Confederates!
I recall several shows where they beat back faux-Yankee invasions of Beverly Hills, their mansion, and their “cement pond.” The producers don’t even try to hide it! Wiki notes about Granny, the loveable matriarch of the Clampett Clan,
Daisy May Moses (Irene Ryan), called “Granny” by all (relatives or not) is Jed’s shotgun-toting mother-in-law and a true daughter of Dixie. Granny can be aggressive but is often overruled by Jed. She is a Confederate to the core, defending President Jefferson Davis, the Stars and Bars, and the simple life. Short-fused and easily angered, Granny fancies herself a “dunked” (not “sprinkled”) Christian with forgiveness in her heart. She abhors “revenuers” and blue-coat Yankees. A self-styled “M.D.” — “mountain doctor” — she claims to have an edge over expensive know-nothing city physicians. In lieu of anesthesia, Granny uses her “white lightning” brew before commencing on painful treatments such as leech bleeding and yanking teeth with pliers.
No wonder then, that this image appears, with lovable, fundamentalist Christian extremist Granny holding TWO Confederate flags is out there!
No wonder then, that the Clampett Clan is found in an Iwo Jima pose, firmly planting the Stars and Bars into the ground!
This was not the only example of the cultural insensitivity which ran rampant in the show! Granny was not fond of Native Americans, or foreigners, expressing quite well the xenophobia and the NRA worship of the gun-totin’ South. The “Indians” are cartoonish characters, shooting bows and arrows, and dancing around totem poles! Once again, this is common knowledge, as the below picture shows, and as Wiki confirms:
Short and scrappy, Granny often wields a double-barreled, 12-gauge shotgun and fires it numerous times during the run of the show (in a first-season episode she chases Milburn Drysdale with it when she finds out his mother’s family had a feud with her family back in the hills). She fires it once at the front lawn when Jed is witching for water and several times on the skeet shooting range. During the mock Indian invasion she believed she was shooting live shells, though Milburn Drysdale had removed the buckshot to protect the actors portraying the Indians. She fires rock salt and bacon rind at a crow during the “Happy Valley” episode, and again at the back of an armored truck in which Milburn Drysdale was taking refuge. She fires at (and hits in the posterior) Milburn Drysdale with rock salt believing he is the ghost of “Lady Clemintine” ending their second visit to “Clampett Castle” in Kent, England.
And this is the stuff we want our children, Black citizens, Native Americans, and foreigners watching? No, the Beverly Hillbillies need to return to Bug Tussle!
Mssr. Lee Fou