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The Beverly Hillbillies (tv program)

Our risible rubes

After a strenuous day of making paragraphs, I returned home last night to find my wife watching an episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Not only was she watching it, but she informed me, with a little more glee than I thought seemly, that the Bo Boo clan lives in McIntyre, Georgia. 

Imagine taking that from someone who grew up in cosmopolitan Columbus, Ohio.

I immediately noticed two disturbing things about the program. The first was that the producers apparently find it necessary to employ subtitles (!) to make the speech comprehensible. The second was that I did not need them. 

And, as seems to be characteristic of reality shows, it was impossible to...