Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Good old white trash...vacation style


National Lampoon's Vacation is probably one of the most widely seen and well-known films. If you havent seen the series, I definitely recommend watching because they are hilarious. Through each movie the Grizwold's take a family vacation and are put into all kinds of crazy scenarios and hilarious situations, especially with their white trash counsin -- cousin Eddie. In the original, the trip to Wally World, they encounter a distant cousin living in the middle of nowhere Kansas. They are the classic depiction of what is known as the "white trash" stereotype. Here at cousin Eddie's house, they are introduced to the family who continue to "pop" kids out and refer to them as a "liter." Eddie is drinking beers, wearing his "wifebeater" tanktop, while the kids have an ant farm outback they show off. The cousins daughter is chatting out back with the Grizwold's daughter saying that shes already french kissing and that "daddy says" shes the best at it. Even, their meal of choice is the hamburger helper :) The family definitely embodies Price's theory of the the "white trash" family being racist and filthy. Here's a clip of the "best of cousin eddie."

4 comments:

  1. Haha I really love all of these movies. I especially like the part in Vegas Vacation where they go to Eddie's casino and gamble by playing War and Rock, Paper, Scissors....all of which further depict this "white trash" stereotype.

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  2. Haha i didnt even have to watch the video... just the initial image of Eddie drinking busch beer in a yellow wife beater, WITH a huge receeding hairline is characteristic enough of this 'white trash' stereotype. I can't help but want to watch these movies now because even though it's very degrading and socially unacceptable to be in this "other" category compared to the typical white, suburban male, it's just so funny to see these characters behave this way!

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  3. This is perfect!
    It is definitely a great way of the producers to uphold the same stereotype through the portrayal of the White Trash throughout different movies, and always played by the same actor.Personally.. my favorite is the Christmas at Grizwold's movie, when Eddie contributes to literally destroying the Grizwold's house. Love love loooove him!

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  4. This movie is a great example! I love how the directors make the "white trash" family the butt of the jokes and pretty much the center of all of the humor in this movie.

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