first of all, the only reason Cherry is on tv is because of his shock value. People tune in to watch his ridiculous suit and hope he says something stupid and insulting. Remember the stir he caused when he insulted players that wore visors.
second, the term "redneck" has nothing to do with blue collar workers nor farmers that got the back of the necks burned from working in the hot sun. Term redneck comes from The West Virginia Coal Miners March or the Battle of Blair Mountain when coal miners wore red bandanas around their necks to identify themselves as seeking the opportunity to unionize.
and third, just because they are "blue collar" workers, still doesn't give him the right to use derogatory term. its like if he covered NBA games and called the pistons fans ni##ers.
He should be insulting his tailor not the red wings fan base...
Nice to see you read the wikipedia of "redneck" aswell.
But, if you continued reading, you would of read this too:
Alberta and Saskatchewan are sometimes said to be the home of rednecks in Canada, due to its similarities to Texas (oil, farming, and ranching). Like rural people elsewhere, some Canadians continue to see this as a highly offensive term while others have claimed it and proudly describe themselves as rednecks. This difference often arises because the former consider the term to connote racist beliefs while the latter believe it implies traditional rural values (e.g. work ethic, honesty, self-reliance, simplicity).
And I love how everyone is up in arms about Cherry calling Hockeytown full of a rednecks in a way he thought was positive, when every other post here during the NSH series refered to NSH fans "rednecks" and "hicks".
Edited by Jocu, 11 May 2008 - 07:20 PM.