One thing that has been a lot more noticeable to me this season is how judgmental the travelers are about "country people" aka non-travelers. They really like to paint these horrible pictures of the way country people live (trapped in houses without any freedom, being raped in parking lots, single moms, doing drugs, etc) but I doubt they deal with non-travelers enough to form informed opinions. Instead they're just repeating the boogeyman stories that their parents tell them so that they'll never want to leave the traveler community.
One guy said that if he knocks on a door and asks for work, they'll hear his accent and immediately say no but if an English person knocks on the same door, the English guy will get hired. Now let me preface this by saying I do believe the travelers when they say non-travelers make assumptions about them and judge them and prejudice exists. I get all that. HOWEVER, this guy was making a huge assumption without any actual, you know, facts. How does he know this is true? Did he peel away from the traveler pack long enough to make friends with a non-traveler and ask him to participate in a social experiment wherein they would both knock on doors asking for work? If not, then I'd kindly ask him to STFU because if anyone knocked on my door and asked for work, I would say no regardless of their accents or my assumptions about their ethnic background. Why? Because I don't hire people who knock on my door.
To be honest, I'm not British so my untrained ear doesn't hear the difference between a traveler accent and other regional English accents. I can differentiate between posh English, cockney English, Irish, and Scottish but I have a pretty hard time distinguishing between the different English accents. The only thing I've noticed about the travelers on this show is that they love to end every other sentence with a smushed together version of "do you know what I mean?"
But my point is that in this particular example, he's making a lot of assumptions, the first being that the people whose doors he is knocking on want to hire someone to do something in the first place. If they don't, then of course they're going to say no, regardless of his accent or other indicators of being a traveler. And call me crazy, but if I needed someone to tar my driveway or do other household work, I would, you know, do some internet research and contact a reputable local business. I would not wait until some random person knocked on my door. "Oh, thank heavens you're here! I have been waiting for someone to offer their services to me so I've had a huge crack in my driveway for two years!"
And then let's turn it around. If some random "country person" who he didn't know banged on the door of his trailer and asked if he could do some work for him, would he hire this stranger? Would he trust a person he has never met before to do the work competently, not bother his wife and children, break or steal something, etc.? Maybe I'm a paranoid person but I don't let random strangers who knock on my door into my home (yeah, I probably watch too many tv shows where bad things happen when you do that) because no, you don't know what they're going to do. But if he wouldn't hire a non-traveler person who just showed up at his trailer door, why should he expect country people to hire him when he shows up completely unsolicited?
I also got annoyed when some of the travelers complained about getting kicked out of the fields where they've settled and having to move again. Isn't the point of refusing to live in a house that they don't want to live in one place forever? So they can, you know, TRAVEL? And one girl complained about not having water or electricity after they got kicked off one site. If their trailers aren't equipped to provide them with those things, then does that mean they were getting their power and water illegally from the previous site? If that's the case, gee, I can't understand why the country people don't want you stealing those resources. If you want power and water that badly, you can pay for it legally. When I see luxury sedans parked next to a trailer, I'm pretty sure you can afford to pay for utilities.
Edited by ElectricBoogalo, Mar 31, 2012 @ 7:17 AM.