Southern Man

Billy Bob Thornton on Hollywood’s depictions of the South:

Interviewer: You’re from Arkansas. Does it bother you the way the South is portrayed on film and TV?

Thornton: For the most part, it’s a shame. There’s always been a slight prejudice against the South, actually not slight. I was trying to be kind. There’s always been a prejudice about the South and Southerners in movies because they are portrayed as bigots. Generally they’re cartoon characters and when they do romantic comedies about the South, they use that broad accent and all the women are these catty, Southern belles. It’s just kind of silly.

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