Southern Appalachians have been ridiculed since the country began. In fiction, they're usually depicted in a cartoonish manner. The region is poor, and very suspicious of outsiders, so there's a sort of 'us versus them' situation. They're easy to poke fun at.
Nobody cared about swimming. You could draw a crowd for basketball.
What Democrats call 'nuanced', most people refer to as 'stupidity.'
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