Trailer Park Homies, What do you think about them?


#1

I’ve just become aware of Trailer Park Homies. My children got them out of a 50 cent machine at the supermarket today. They are little figurines based on some TV show that I’ve never seen called Homies. I went to the site, and the Homies seem to be based on characatures of different ethic groups.

These Trailer Park Homies seem to be particularly stereotypical, and basically making fun of ‘Trailer Trash’ type people.

Here’s a link to the site describing them.

Trailer Park Homies

The characters are all basically negative stereotypes of people. What do you think?


#2

[quote=spiritblows]I’ve just become aware of Trailer Park Homies. My children got them out of a 50 cent machine at the supermarket today. They are little figurines based on some TV show that I’ve never seen called Homies. I went to the site, and the Homies seem to be based on characatures of different ethic groups.

These Trailer Park Homies seem to be particularly stereotypical, and basically making fun of ‘Trailer Trash’ type people.

Here’s a link to the site describing them.

Trailer Park Homies

The characters are all basically negative stereotypes of people. What do you think?
[/quote]

Making fun of anyone for,economic,religious,racial,physical handicap,speech,or anything else is wrong,Its hurtful,and does nothing but degrade anyone in those positions.
Unfortunatly our society is based on how hard we can kick a person whom is down.
would i take these “toys” away from my kids? I doubt it but i would take this Given opportunity to educate my children about all the misconceptions about anything these figurines promote.

My normal useless 2 cents

                              John

#3

I’m guessing that these are based on “the Trailer Park Boys” which is an absolutley hilarious, albeit not suitable for children, Canadian show that was recently picked up by some american channels.

If you are a strong catholic, you don’t want these as an influence on your child. The jist of the show is about 3 guys fresh out of jail, move back to their trailer park and grow dope while battling their alcoholic park supervisor. Makes for good entertainment, if you are 18+.


#4

sorry, just looked at the link, has nothing to do with trailer park boys…


#5

as a trailer park resident for the last 13 years, I can tell you the stereotypes are about as true as stereotypes generally are: not much. Down here the stereotype would have to be your average Q-tip–white hair, white athletic shoes.

Since the tax status of mobile homes has changed in Texas, it is becoming less advantageous to live in one, they are taxed outrageously high compared to a home of the same size, considering we don’t even own the lots. The park owners have also seen astronomical rises in their tax rates. That is one reason we are selling the mobile (if we can find a buyer) and have bought a house, lower interest rate, lower monthly payment, lower homeowner association fee, and no lot rent to pay. Also free golf.


#6

forgot to remind us about “Trailer park Homies” in Texas who opened their mobile homes, RVs, and parks to residents of LA and MI who flooded our state after the hurricanes, we still have several families living in the park next door, rent free.


#7

[quote=sarcophagus] The jist of the show is about 3 guys fresh out of jail, move back to their trailer park and grow dope while battling their alcoholic park supervisor.
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I live in a mobile home park, and you’ve just described half of the residents here.

That batch of miscreants sure gives the rest of us a bad name.


#8

I have seen these and thank goodness my kids think they are so dumb, “mom, what would we even do with one?”

thankfully my kids just like the crank machines with candy or gum balls the other stuff they have found out is junky and breaks almost right away :thumbsup:


#9

There is another toy similiar to this called "Homies. These are basically the little minature replicas of what you think a “homie” may look like. They all have baggy clothes, gold chains, dark sunglasses on, etc. We have a machine for them at the theatre that I work in and our employees, whenever they find change from a theatre, they buy a different one. They have collected so many that there is a different “homie” for every person on the staff. We are not making fun of what the “homie” looks like or represents, it’s just something goofy and fun to do in between showtimes.


#10

Yes, these are made by the same people as make the Homies. My children, it turns out, have a few of those. They call them ‘gangsters’ because that’s what they thought they are. They showed them to me after we went to the Homie website and saw all the characters. They have an innercity Mexican Homie line, an Italian gangster Homie line, a Trailer Park Homie line, etc.

At first I thought these Homies were rather hilarious because they reminded me of some people I’ve met in life, they are such good characatures. One character is Flea Market Fred that one of my kids got. I used to go to flea markets a lot and it is a unique subculture

But, on looking at all the characters in this particular line, I noticed that there aren’t any positive characterizations, only those of stupid, fat lower class white people. I haven’t looked closely at the other ethnic lines of characters.


#11

I have never lived in a trailer park but I knew alot of people in school who did and adults who did when they were kids. There is a huge stigma attached to living in a trailer, and although there is an element of truth in stereotypes at times, I would prefer to not make fun of them or forward this kind of stereotype. Kids don’t get to choose their parents, or how much money their parents have, what kind of home they can afford. Being poor isn’t a crime. I can take a joke, but when I put myself in the place of someone who does live in a trailer park or grew up in a trailer park, I just think it’s ugly and in poor taste to make fun of another person’s home. Maybe it’s the best they can do. I don’t take much pleasure in kicking someone when they are down. I live in base housing who am I to put someone else down for where they live.

I once wondered if Jesus would have done a trailer park tour, had they been around in his neck of the desert.

Ahh but hey, just because I try not to make fun because I donn’t want to hurt other’s feelings doesnt mean it isn’t funny. The Redneck comedy tour by Jeff Foxworthy is a big hit with that crowd because he is “one of them” and can poke fun because he is also poking fun at himself. It is much more insulting to that ethnic group when an outsider does it… that’s why I don’t do it. I went to school with kids from trailors and I know how much many of them struggled, I don’t feel I have the right to make fun of them, but that is my personal decision, not a dictation to everyone else. Might I add that I am not comedian… it wouldn’t be funny coming from me anyway.


#12

[quote=spiritblows]Yes, these are made by the same people as make the Homies. My children, it turns out, have a few of those. They call them ‘gangsters’ because that’s what they thought they are. They showed them to me after we went to the Homie website and saw all the characters. They have an innercity Mexican Homie line, an Italian gangster Homie line, a Trailer Park Homie line, etc.

At first I thought these Homies were rather hilarious because they reminded me of some people I’ve met in life, they are such good characatures. One character is Flea Market Fred that one of my kids got. I used to go to flea markets a lot and it is a unique subculture

But, on looking at all the characters in this particular line, I noticed that there aren’t any positive characterizations, only those of stupid, fat lower class white people. I haven’t looked closely at the other ethnic lines of characters.
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I know a real life Trailer park ted. (his name isnt’ Ted) He is a junk dealer, fleamarket guy. He has even started a festival in our hometown. He is a multi millionaire and looks much like this.


#13

I think these are hilarious but not sure they are appropriate for kids.

The thing is, I live in a “trailer” and I love it. Granted, it’s a brand new double wide in a park of all new home, very nicely maintained with a swimming pool and community center and all of that but I love “trailer trash” stuff. Think it’s funny.

Of course, my husband has always teased me and called me “trailer trash” because of my Southern roots and it’s just a funny joke between us. One year for Xmas my mother bought the Ruby Ann Trailer Park Cookbook (or something like that) for him to give to me for Xmas. I thought it was great. Now I’ve collected them all.

I do feel bad for some people who live in parks that are run down, etc. but I don’t really know that they’re bothered. I would never make fun of anyone but I’d say most people in trailers would find these figures funny and even find some truth in them. I guess I just don’t take myself so seriously.

Amie


#14

This reminds me of one of my all time fav country songs…

“This here’s the queen of my double wide trailer with the
polyester curtains and the red wood deck
Sometimes she runs and I gotta trail 'er
D+++ her black heart and her purdy red neck…”

I am from Southern Ohio, in the northern part of Apalacha. I attended the most impoverished school district in Ohio. I moved from there to the gulf coast panhandle of Florida. Lovingly called the Redneck Riviera… From there we were stationed in Dover, DE. Home of Dover Downs. Every time there is a NASCAR race the town goes Mad. we usually leave down, we aren’t NASCAR fans. I don’t think anyone looks at me and thinks “redneck” but I am more than familiar with the redneck culture. :slight_smile:

I am seriously thinking of buying a few of the trailor collection from that site for gag gifts… especially for friends currently stationed overseas. I have promised to send one of my friends the tackiest American original Christmas decoration I can find every year. Perhaps I could fashion them into ornaments.


#15

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