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Title: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Aurjay on 28 Oct 2009, 20:36
I know its wrong to judge but its still so fun to do.

http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/

Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: tommydski on 28 Oct 2009, 20:50
Poor people are hilarious.  :-D
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Reed on 28 Oct 2009, 20:55
I look at this site every day instead of actually doing work. Brings me back to my days of living just west of the Idaho border!
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: JD on 28 Oct 2009, 21:03
Man I love laughing at poor people. Cripples too while I'm at it.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Alex C on 28 Oct 2009, 21:32
I like how so many of the most recent pics come from Florida and Tennessee. I'd like to think there's places on earth where such things are pretty routine, so I'm now going to make the absurd and completely baseless assumption that anyone here from those two states secretly has a stash of outfits like that.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: tania on 28 Oct 2009, 21:44
people of walmart isn't just poor people, they really get their fair share of genuine weirdos that i think are okay to chuckle at. frankly i think they're a lot more entertaining than people with bad clothes or hair anyway.

(http://media.peopleofwalmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/393.jpg)

(http://media.peopleofwalmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/365.jpg)

(http://media.peopleofwalmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/392.jpg)

(http://media.peopleofwalmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/397.jpg)

okay so i guess it was mainly just weird cars i was thinking of.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Inlander on 28 Oct 2009, 21:55
Yeah I've met plenty of poor people who don't have badly dyed green pony-tails and don't cover half their body in fishnet. For obvious reasons poor people are unlikely to be the snappiest dressers on the planet but socio-economic circumstances don't force a person to have no taste or self-awareness.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: JD on 28 Oct 2009, 21:59
(http://media.peopleofwalmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/3351.jpg)
Douchemobile!
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: tommydski on 28 Oct 2009, 22:02
The concept of "taste" is a luxury. Most people have other more immediate concerns, especially the economically deprived.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Alex C on 28 Oct 2009, 22:04
Be that as it may, I'm not about to apologize for questioning this dude's fashion sense:
(http://media.peopleofwalmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/377.jpg)
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Alex C on 28 Oct 2009, 22:05
The man is more dedicated to the middle finger than I am dedicated to well, anything.


I'm probably not one who should be talking though; I'm friends with a guy that has a tat of Darth Maul giving people the finger.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Inlander on 28 Oct 2009, 22:07
The concept of "taste" is a luxury. Most people have other more immediate concerns, especially the economically deprived.

If we were just talking about people who'd let themselves go I might agree with you. But we're talking about people who have actively pursued a particular look and must surely have spent time, effort, and money to cultivate that look.

To put it another way: when we make fun of hipster douchebags, by and large we're not doing it because they're probably well-off middle-class folks. We're doing it because they look like hipster douchebags.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Johnny C on 28 Oct 2009, 22:08
wal-mart basically foisted this culture on people hey
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Aurjay on 28 Oct 2009, 22:09
Its not about being poor. Hell goodwill has plus sizes and you can make anything work or you can just go out like you dont give a damn.(http://media.peopleofwalmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/400.jpg)

Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Alex C on 28 Oct 2009, 22:11
Man, I'm wearing a shirt from wal-mart right now. It's a dark blue polo. With buttons and shit. It's really not that hard.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: KvP on 28 Oct 2009, 22:56
Die cheap, with Wal-Mart! (http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2009/10/28/we-all-fall-down)

It's a little disconcerting to think that a person can basically live their entire life comfortably with all their time spent at their home and at Wal-Mart.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: calenlass on 28 Oct 2009, 22:59
(http://media.peopleofwalmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/342.jpg)
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: scarred on 28 Oct 2009, 23:48
(http://media.peopleofwalmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/17.jpg)
(http://peopleofwalmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/138.jpg)
(http://media.peopleofwalmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/67.jpg)
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: David_Dovey on 29 Oct 2009, 04:20
I like that this post

(http://media.peopleofwalmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/3351.jpg)
Douchemobile!

Came immediately before this post

The concept of "taste" is a luxury. Most people have other more immediate concerns, especially the economically deprived.

Is it hard remaining that self-righteous just for the sake of it, Tommy?
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: tommydski on 29 Oct 2009, 04:55
Ha, the fact that someone posted an image seconds before my post invalidates my response.

You might want to actually look up the term "self-righteous" some time. I'd argue that I'm not the one basking in perceived superiority in this thread.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: jhocking on 29 Oct 2009, 04:59
You are acting superior to the other people in this thread for them acting superior to the people in those pictures. It's all very post-modern.

Also, I first heard of this site in a New York Times article where the article writer took tommy's position, that a site devoted to mocking the uncultured appearance of others is elitist and distasteful. I mean c'mon, you're writing a New York Times opinion piece, do you seriously not see any irony there?
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: David_Dovey on 29 Oct 2009, 05:14
Ha, the fact that someone posted an image seconds before my post invalidates my response.

Yes!

The person who owns that car might not be well-off, they might not even be able to be considered "middle-class". But you do not get a car to look like that by wishing real hard. It takes money. The person who owns that car made a conscious decision to have a car that looked like that and then they invested (possibly a significant amount of) money in order to achieve that.

How is this any different from mocking a bunch of teenagers who spend their disposable income on black v-neck t-shirts, straight-irons, girl jeans, MicroKorgs and AutoTune plugins?
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: jhocking on 29 Oct 2009, 05:20
I mock teens for being teens, all that other stuff is actually irrelevant.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Nodaisho on 29 Oct 2009, 05:28
How is this any different from mocking a bunch of teenagers who spend their disposable income on black v-neck t-shirts, straight-irons, girl jeans, MicroKorgs and AutoTune plugins?
The car isn't quite bad enough to be considered a war crime, the music those teens make is. Even if there isn't a war on.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: tommydski on 29 Oct 2009, 05:36
You are acting superior to the other people in this thread for them acting superior to the people in those pictures.

No, that is what is being implied by other people. I made and will make no such assertions because I simply don't believe in the constructs which would allow one person's opinion to hold more water than another's. I'll have my opinion and it's just that. It's worth no more or less than anyone else's. I think this notion relies on the idea that there is a fixed sense of right and wrong to everything, which I don't believe in particular. There's my wrong, your right. Whether or not I think it's wrong is irrelevant. As it happens, I'm not going to say I think it's wrong, I'll leave that to each individual to decide for themselves.

Quote from: David Dovey
How is this any different from mocking a bunch of teenagers who spend their disposable income on black v-neck t-shirts, straight-irons, girl jeans, MicroKorgs and AutoTune plugins?

It's not. Go and bump the crabcore thread if you like and we'll accuse you of self-righteousness based on our assertions to what you might mean by doing so.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 29 Oct 2009, 05:45
This thread. I love this thread.



And not because of the pictures.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Aurjay on 29 Oct 2009, 05:48
You act like you never "people watch" when you go to the mall or any other public place. I don't think its self-righteous at all. It's just fun to see what other people wear and how they act in the public eye. Any person that reads a celebrity fashion or lifestyle mag is guilty of the same thing. Not to mention we have a thread on here called fashion advice where people willingly subject themselves to this scrutiny. People at wallmart or any public place are doing the same thing.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: jhocking on 29 Oct 2009, 05:48
This thread. I love this thread.

If only there were a picture of a girl drinking a beer in the parking lot, so that I can call her a slut.

Any person that reads a celebrity fashion or lifestyle mag is guilty of the same thing.

That is true. The celebrity obsession in modern culture is disgusting.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: David_Dovey on 29 Oct 2009, 06:02
It's not. Go and bump the crabcore thread if you like and we'll accuse you of self-righteousness based on our assertions to what you might mean by doing so.

Wouldn't the analogy make more sense if I was bumping the crabcore thread to chastise everyone for being so mean to the kids?
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Aurjay on 29 Oct 2009, 06:04
That is true. The celebrity obsession in modern culture is disgusting.
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Agreed we maybe get a little to far into their personal lives but you assume this is a modern culture phenomenon. This has been happening since Gladiators took to the coliseum and became heroes and probably before that as well. I'd argue that this has been happening since Cain coveted Abel. It's part of the human psyche to see how the other person is doing and compare them to yourself.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: tommydski on 29 Oct 2009, 06:10
I don't think its self-righteous at all.

Me either. Talk to whoever used the term in this thread first.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: David_Dovey on 29 Oct 2009, 06:14
Actually gladiators (and actors and musicians) were considered the lowest of the low in Roman society and outside of performances it was considered extremely scandalous to be seen fraternising with them.

Emperor Nero was a genocidal alcoholic psychopath who nearly drove the greatest empire of antiquity to bankruptcy purely out of vanity but Rome was just as horrified that he openly socialised with actors and gladiators.

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Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: jhocking on 29 Oct 2009, 06:17
Actually actually I thnk it's cyclical. People were not as obsessed with celebrities in the golden age of Hollywood, and hell that was frickin named "the golden age." Overabundance of celebrity obsession often coincides with the decline of a civilization. Of course, there are plenty of failed states with nothing even approximating a celebrity culture, so maybe that's a pointless observation.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: a pack of wolves on 29 Oct 2009, 06:18
Not to mention we have a thread on here called fashion advice where people willingly subject themselves to this scrutiny. People at wallmart or any public place are doing the same thing.

You really believe that whenever someone leaves their house they are voluntarily consenting to be mocked for their obesity?

Agreed we maybe get a little to far into their personal lives but you assume this is a modern culture phenomenon. This has been happening since Gladiators took to the coliseum and became heroes and probably before that as well. I'd argue that this has been happening since Cain coveted Abel. It's part of the human psyche to see how the other person is doing and compare them to yourself.

There is a massive difference between having an interest in other members of the species and the disturbing obsession with the private lives of entertainers, going to the extent of stalking them permanently. The enormous gossip industry that surrounds it really is a modern phenomenon by the way, particularly its obsession on entertainers and not on powerful individuals.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Aurjay on 29 Oct 2009, 06:23
Actually gladiators (and actors and musicians) were considered the lowest of the low in Roman society and outside of performances it was considered extremely scandalous to be seen fraternising with them.


Not to get off topic but in Pompeii they have found numerous graffiti with either accolades to their favorite Gladiator their records in battle and even sometimes Celadus, suspirium puellarum ('Celadus makes the girls swoon') their perceived sexual prowess. Everything we basically do now with our athletes. 
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: BeoPuppy on 29 Oct 2009, 06:26
[...]
Emperor Nero was a genocidal alcoholic psychopath who nearly drove the greatest empire of antiquity to bankruptcy purely out of vanity but Rome was just as horrified that he openly socialised with actors and gladiators.
[...]

Well, you've got to have standards.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Aurjay on 29 Oct 2009, 06:32
Not to mention we have a thread on here called fashion advice where people willingly subject themselves to this scrutiny. People at wallmart or any public place are doing the same thing.
You really believe that whenever someone leaves their house they are voluntarily consenting to be mocked for their obesity?

I agree that obesity correlates to financial status but that has nothing to do with what i was trying to say. When people walk outside they are in the public eye. If they decide to wear something outrageous like leopard print spandex or snuggies or hell even a shirt that says "i fucking hate everyone" then ya im gonna prolly laugh a little. Trust me obesity has nothing to do with it at all.  

Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: David_Dovey on 29 Oct 2009, 06:33
You really believe that whenever someone leaves their house they are voluntarily consenting to be mocked for their obesity?

Who said anything about obesity?

I swear, some of you guys must just be looking- straining- for reasons to get offended on behalf of other people.

When I first saw this thread my kneejerk reaction was to say "oh hey some people have no money it is not their fault that the only clothes they can afford are kind of shabby" but then I actually clicked the link and realised that that is not what this website is about whatsoever. To the contrary, it would appear that most of the subjects of the blog in question put quite a lot of time, effort, and indeed money, into the eyesores documented for our amusement.

Tommy, I really think you are just being obstinate at this point because it defies common logic how you could think that any of the comments in this thread originate from class elitism.

Gaudiness and obliviousness is a malady that afflicts people of all economic brackets, as any trip to the Polo Ralph Lauren section of a department store will attest to.

Fuck it, can this thread be about Roman history now? That shit is actually interesting.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: jhocking on 29 Oct 2009, 06:35
Tommy, I really think you are just being obstinate at this point

Y'know guys, I tend to read tommy's posts the same way that I sometimes advise taking my own posts. Namely, never take anything I say seriously unless it is a direct statement of quantifiable facts (and even that exception doesn't apply to statements directed at ally.)

Now I don't know if tommy actually wants that, but it sure helps me.


ADDITION: This picture is a hoot, but the caption is even better.
http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/?p=5725

ADDITION2: This caption is pretty good too.
http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/?p=5572
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: a pack of wolves on 29 Oct 2009, 06:38
Who said anything about obesity?

Pretty much every page of that site I saw had a post which was basically "look, an obese person!" The cars and the bizarre outfits were fun but that got creepy.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: David_Dovey on 29 Oct 2009, 06:45
Actually gladiators (and actors and musicians) were considered the lowest of the low in Roman society and outside of performances it was considered extremely scandalous to be seen fraternising with them.
Not to get off topic but in Pompeii they have found numerous graffiti with either accolades to their favorite Gladiator their records in battle and even sometimes Celadus, suspirium puellarum ('Celadus makes the girls swoon') their perceived sexual prowess. Everything we basically do now with our athletes. 

True, but I think the important distinction is that the public's admiration for the gladiator ended at the battlefield. Nobody wanted to know what the gladiator was doing at every moment of every day, who they were fucking, where they ate, what they wore etc. (To be fair this probably has a lot to do with the fact that what the gladiator did when they weren't fighting was rotting in a cell).

Also I guess different social strata paid different amounts of attention that particular taboo? I guess that is a problem with studying Roman history, it tends to focus almost exclusively on the aristocratic class, so that even when you are talking about struggles between the classes in Roman society, you're really just making the distinction between the rich and somewhat-less-rich, or the rich-but-poorly-bred and the poor-but-still-old-patrician-stock.

Oh shit I just turned this back into a discussion about class oh shiiiiiiiiiit
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: JD on 29 Oct 2009, 06:45
Fuck it, can this thread be about Roman history now? That shit is actually interesting.
It all began with a boy named Romulus...
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Nodaisho on 29 Oct 2009, 06:48
Like in Star Trek?
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: jhocking on 29 Oct 2009, 06:54
I see that website, and this thread, as part of what New York magazine* mocks as "backlash to the backlash." As in, first you have the rise of Walmart, then there is the backlash to that rise, then there is the backlash to the backlash.

*Why do I read so many periodicals with "New York" in the name? I don't even live in New York anymore!


Pretty much every page of that site I saw had a post which was basically "look, an obese person!" The cars and the bizarre outfits were fun but that got creepy.

True, but there's plenty of judging quite fit people too. Besides all the posts of muscly guys in stupid outfits, consider this post:
http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/?p=5366

While the comment does acknowledge a double-standard in how people would react, still it's pretty clear this website mocks stupid outfits worn by anyone, not just fat people.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: a pack of wolves on 29 Oct 2009, 07:06
Oh I know, but it also does a lot of mocking fat people wearing something tight. Mostly I just disliked the idea that by stepping into a public space you're somehow consenting to people you don't know spending time picking apart your appearance and that there's nothing at all disturbing about the amount of time spent by people on doing this.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Jace on 29 Oct 2009, 07:07
I mock teens for being teens, all that other stuff is actually irrelevant.

How does it feel to mock people 1/4 your age?
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: KvP on 29 Oct 2009, 08:04
I get the impression that this is one of those threads which people start sporadically to wave some kind of righteous indignation flag for no readily apparent reason, possibly to be congratulated in some way.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: tommydski on 29 Oct 2009, 08:46
Tommy, I really think you are just being obstinate at this point because it defies common logic how you could think that any of the comments in this thread originate from class elitism.

I don't. Where did I say that?

I get the impression that this is one of those threads which people start sporadically to wave some kind of righteous indignation flag for no readily apparent reason, possibly to be congratulated in some way.

I do not think that is why this thread was started at all. I have no idea why you misappropriated my post from another thread in this manner.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: ackblom12 on 29 Oct 2009, 08:47
I don't know, I've always been uncomfortable with the site. Part of it might be just my whole thing with having grown up in rural Midwest/Southern America so it hits a bit closer to home, but the humor is more uncomfortable than funny to me.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: KvP on 29 Oct 2009, 08:50
I do not think that is why this thread was started at all.
Anyone halfway familiar with popular tumblr sites or list blogs knows how discussions of these turn out. Replace facesofwalmart with lookatthisfuckinghipster or hotchickswithdouchebags or Stuff White People Like or etc. etc. It was going to happen, you just turned out to be the one to bring it up.

Point is your indignation is no less rote than it would be in any of the threads you apparently detest.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: tommydski on 29 Oct 2009, 09:03
I think you're confusing me with your own strawman. I made two posts in this thread which were, in order, a joke and then a direct response to Harry which had nothing to do with the website posted. Other people weighed in on the issue but I haven't made any comment regarding elitism and/or self-righteousness except to defend one accusation leveled at me, again seemingly based on an opinion I haven't actually stated.

Also, pointing out that posting a website in a thread will inevitably foster a discussion of some sort isn't as bad as you make it sound. Unless you are somehow scared of having to think rather than gawk at pictures.

Edit - Speaking of gawking at pictures, go wild!

(http://www.umsl.edu/~biology/images/faculty_images/tang-martinez/capybara%20family.png)
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: David_Dovey on 29 Oct 2009, 09:11
Yes yes how dare we read your comments within the wider context of the thread's discussion what were we thinking
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: tommydski on 29 Oct 2009, 09:18
I think it doesn't really matter what I post since people will just make shit up regardless.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: KvP on 29 Oct 2009, 09:34
Oh come on don't flatter yourself. You make a post like this
Poor people are hilarious.  :-D
and honestly it takes a stupid person not to realize the sort of reaction it's going to get.  I do not think you're stupid. You can say it's a joke but you actually made three posts in the thread, not two. That first post, yeah it was glib. Your second post was less glib -
The concept of "taste" is a luxury. Most people have other more immediate concerns, especially the economically deprived.
Whether or not you're being ironic and skewering the schoolmarmish tone of people who believe in things like privilege doesn't really matter. You're either grossly overplaying your joke (really the first post would've been fine by itself) or you're trying to actually get people to think about why they laugh at the site. The latter is actually a lot less tiring than the former, since you're getting so defensive about it. Then you reply to Harry.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: tommydski on 29 Oct 2009, 09:36
What do you mean abortion clinics should only be legal if the patients are forced to eat their unborn children at knife-point, that's disgusting.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: jhocking on 29 Oct 2009, 09:38
You know who else made fun of weirdos at Walmart?

Hitler
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Dliessmgg on 29 Oct 2009, 09:48
You know who else made even more fun of weirdos at Walmart?

Indiana Jones
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Bastardous Bassist on 29 Oct 2009, 09:51
I'm torn.  Do I make fun of people who wear ridiculous clothing and put ridiculous shit on their cars, or do I hate people who do that?  Someone tell me what to do!
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: tommydski on 29 Oct 2009, 09:54
They'll be along to tell you what your own opinion is presently, don't worry about it.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Caleb on 29 Oct 2009, 10:04
Funny pictures are funny and all but I have never gone to that site because I grew up in a shitty rural area with a bunch of people that were complete ignorant morons.  Then I moved to a shitty city and had to deal with a bunch of ignorant people at my shitty job.

There is a huge difference between "poor" people in this country and "poor" people from a 3rd world country.  I don't think we should feel bad about noticing how fucked up they are or just not point out how freaking hideous things have gotten because "poor" people get a pass somehow.

However, since I have lived next to these people my whole life and had to deal with them directly during most of my jobs so I don't find anything funny about looking at them at all.

I don't see "poor" people who we have to ignore because of their economic situation and most times I don't see someone I can laugh at.  All I mainly see is problems and people that need to get their shit together.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: KvP on 29 Oct 2009, 10:35
I'm torn.  Do I make fun of people who wear ridiculous clothing and put ridiculous shit on their cars, or do I hate people who do that?  Someone tell me what to do!
The concept of "taste" is a luxury. Most people have other more immediate concerns, especially the economically deprived.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: tommydski on 29 Oct 2009, 10:38
You'll have to consult with a lawyer but I'm pretty sure child pornography is still illegal even if you did have the starring role in it.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Aurjay on 29 Oct 2009, 10:46
I love this site cuz i grew up in a poor area of Florida and you get to see this all the time. What amazes me is that there aren't more rebel flags but whatever. I don't feel any more self righteous than the next person to me its just funny. I don't pick on fat people for being fat and i don't pick on poor people being poor. I pick on stupid people being stupid and honestly still see no problem with that. If you want to make your car an advertisement to a brand go for it, but im gonna laugh. If you wear extremely tight clothing then yes im gonna laugh. Leotards funny, Muscle clothes also funny. Im not saying everyone needs to look the same but some people take their styles to a whole new extreme. That knows no boundaries. Rich women with too much makeup and jewelry is also funny to me. Maybe i find the funny in the mundane but im definitely not too uptight or PC to realize it.    
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Caleb on 29 Oct 2009, 11:06
What amazes me is that there aren't more rebel flags but whatever.

There are people in Plattsburgh, NY who have the Stars and Bars flying proudly on their trucks and outside of their houses and apartments.

...I dunno I guess it's just me.  I have worked with other people who have been able to laugh at some of the more unique specimens of humanity that walked in the door but I have never been able to.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Emaline on 29 Oct 2009, 11:41
Re: Fat People On This Site

(An opinion of a fat, vaguely fashion concious girl)

A lot of times they aren't so much making fun of the fact that these people are over weight, they are making fun of their choice of clothes. Some posted saying they are making fun of them for wearing tight clothes, and its not so much that they are wearing tight clothes, but that they are wearing too tight clothes. If you are 280 lbs, you should attempt to squeeze into a size 2. If you know you've got a gut, you should but the appropite clothes to cover it. Its not that difficult to find something to cover your god damn fat rolls. For cheap. For amazingly cheap even. Goodwill sells plus sized clothes. So does Walmart. Buy them. In your size.

I am an overweight vaguely fashionable girl, dating an overweight not really caring at all about fashion dude. We get by ok. We dress alright. We look good. If we can do it, then other fat people can too.


And hell, being poor has little to do with it too. Its called sales. Shopping around. Thrift stores. It isn't super difficult to find clothes that are fashionable and cheap.

Besides, I used to know a very well off family that shopped at walmart. Its cheap!


Beyond that, I know nothing of the Romans.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Alex C on 29 Oct 2009, 12:59
What amazes me is that there aren't more rebel flags but whatever.

I think that's too generic for these guys. I'm pretty sure I saw a lady with "REBEL" in red white and blue tattooed on the back of her neck though.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Emaline on 29 Oct 2009, 13:53
Maybe these people are all actually hipsters, and they are doing that whole "look at me! I'm ironic! Lols!" thing.

I once saw this dude are this high class art bar wear a too large basket ball jersey, a side ways trucker hat with an "ironic" statement, a rat tail, and some lines shaved into the side of his head.  And this was a fancy art bar. Not exactly the place white trash hangs out.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 29 Oct 2009, 14:09
maybe he was lost
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Candle on 29 Oct 2009, 15:26
it's cool to laugh, but it's also cool to understand.

i think that sometimes it is actually important to realize that poor people are indeed a product of our society. chill the fuck out... i'm not attacking anyone or saying that you don't know this already because you're ignorant and i'm enlightened: all i am saying is that i live in a poor ass part of the country, and i see people like this all the time. site doesn't seem so funny when you live primarily around people like this. chances are, they're either minimum-wage working-class, or just pulling in straight-up wellfare. Either way, chances are, they are blindly following their socioeconomic system right down to every corrupt ideology. Americaaaaa, Americaaa, blah blah, Eagles, Flags and Uncle Sam... so it goes!

i just think it's important to realize we should not point the finger at these folks for taking up all our tax money or any such stupid shit-- nor do I think this is what the site is necessarily doing... however, it is looking at poor people in a solely-derogatory light. imagine this was the pre-feminist revolution west(though some will argue that this false sense of equality is more a detrimental cause than it is a solution) and there was a site dedicated solely to making women look like assholes. that shit would not be cool. Yeh, there's some poor folk who dress decent, but this site isn't depicting any.

FINALLY,
Y E S,
this is looking far too deeply into a little site dedicated to giving you a chuckle out of the deplorable conditions of "white-trash"-America. but this isn't what tommy posted earlier. what tommy posted could have easily been shrugged off as a "Yeh, i guess that's true. kind of fucked up." successfully allowing the thread to die because of its relatively low-merit to anything at all.

sorry about grammatical errors and the like, i'm no english major and i am pretty well stoned. i guess i mostly felt like ranting, since all you guys are probably already aware of such things.






tl;dr version: i just don't see how pointing out why shit's fucked up is such a bad thing compared to just laughing at some dudes cottage-cheese ridden ass-cheeks. i mean, dude/tte/s like this are the reason that bud-light is the best selling beer in the US. if that's not sad i don't know what is!

 that's just like, my opinion, man...
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 29 Oct 2009, 15:30
site doesn't seem so funny when you live primarily around people like this.

While I agree with everything else you said and want no part in any kind of debate, I just wanted to point out that this is wrong.

I see these people all the time. I've seen their meth labs burning on the side of the highway by my house.
Website is still funny. Sorry.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Candle on 29 Oct 2009, 15:32
just my opinion, i guess.

i really don't find the site that funny. Not trying to be a dick, nor am I being all "i am a saint guys, no really. i just feel the pain of everyone".

it could also just be that it's not my kind of humor.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Emaline on 29 Oct 2009, 17:08
NEWSFLASH:

Not only poor people shop at Wal Mart!


Crazy, isn't it? I think it's rather shitty of everyone to automatically assume that people who shop at Wal Mart only shop there because they are poor. Wal Mart is convient. Wal Mart is cheap. Wal Mart has lots of stuff. Wal Mart is not just for the poor.

That is what K mart is for, gosh.


Anyway, I grew up around this shit too. I still find it funny.

Being poor doesn't mean that you have to dye your hair green, or wear gold stretch pants with camo, or paint your car with Ralph Lauren logos. A good deal of these people obviously put time, effort, and, yes, money into these looks. They are obviously proud of them.

Basically, I look at this site and laugh because I find their outfits silly and outlandish. Maybe if they saw pictures of what I'd wear, they'd laugh and think my clothes are outlandish and silly. And that's fine, because who the fuck cares? Its just fucking clothes and personal taste. If you are going to be offended that someone thinks you look silly you need to fucking grow up.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: David_Dovey on 29 Oct 2009, 17:18
The reason that this has become such a Thing to me, however, is that what makes this site funny has absolutely nothing to do with rich or poor, and I resent people smugly stating the bleeding obvious at me when even a cursory inspection of the subject matter reveals that issues of wealth and privelidge are at best only tangential to the actual conversation.

To be honest, I didn't really look too hard at the site but I did peruse the front page and- as stated many times already- most of the pictures on there are not of people who look poor. To the contrary, they appear to have put quite some time, effort, and often money in to their purple metallic bodysuit/bright green ponytail/obscene tattoos/gigantic rims.

It's entirely understandable to think that a site that focusses on ridiculing Wal-Martians would be largely dedicated to picking on poor people but that just isn't the case here. There's nothing wrong with trying to have an intelligent conversation but it'd be nice if that's what actually happened instead of a bunch of lecturing based completely misplaced, kneejerk, White middle-class liberal guilt.

EDIT: yeah, anyway, Emaline has reached into the gooey confines of my brainmeats and made my ideas sound nicer than I could've. Also she is a faster typer. Thank you Emaline.

EDIT EDIT: *typist. Derp.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: a pack of wolves on 29 Oct 2009, 17:26
A lot of times they aren't so much making fun of the fact that these people are over weight, they are making fun of their choice of clothes. Some posted saying they are making fun of them for wearing tight clothes, and its not so much that they are wearing tight clothes, but that they are wearing too tight clothes. If you are 280 lbs, you should attempt to squeeze into a size 2. If you know you've got a gut, you should but the appropite clothes to cover it. Its not that difficult to find something to cover your god damn fat rolls. For cheap. For amazingly cheap even. Goodwill sells plus sized clothes. So does Walmart. Buy them. In your size.

I think with me, whenever I see people dressed like that I automatically think there's something severely wrong. It's a cultural thing I suppose, a lot of the pictures are credited as coming from the warmer parts of the US and since I live in Northern England revealing clothing isn't such a standard thing. The few times I have seen obese people wearing incredibly tight clothes like that they've almost always had serious mental health problems, and add on the fact that my girlfriend used to work in an obesity clinic my mind also runs straight to thoughts of gastric bands. So I guess where Americans just see stupidly dressed people I'm automatically seeing mentally ill people who're going to need terrifying surgery.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: jhocking on 29 Oct 2009, 17:27
If you are going to be offended that someone thinks you look silly you need to fucking grow up.

Speaking of which, this whole thread is reminding me how I used to occasionally wear offensive or strange clothing on purpose just to see what it would feel like to be stared at and judged all day. I think the best was the time I wore an intimidating ensemble including a shirt with a huge "Death From Above" logo and, besides getting the expected dirty looks, I was actually stopped by one person who was concerned about my mental health and counseled me to seek Jesus. lol the logo is from Starship Troopers!

I stopped doing this in New York, because I could literally be walking around with a werewolf mask and nobody would even care.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Nodaisho on 29 Oct 2009, 20:03
Yeah. I have to say that for the first while, though, you always think your fly is down. Why else would people be staring at you all the time?
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Darkbluerabbit on 29 Oct 2009, 20:20
Yeah, I figure I can laugh because I've worn some pretty ridiculous shit.  Sometimes I actually thought I looked kinda good in an avant-garde way.  Of course, when a friend tells you that you look like the offspring of Hugh Hefner and Tank Girl, you can only imagine what strangers have to say.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: öde on 29 Oct 2009, 20:31
Yeah. I have to say that for the first while, though, you always think your fly is down. Why else would people be staring at you all the time?

I served a table of 18 people with my fly open once. I am good at my job.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: tommydski on 29 Oct 2009, 20:33
Fairly recently I shaved off my sideburns and everybody immediately commented that my appearance had become 5% more acceptable (which made it 25%, the highest it has been all year). I asked my friends why they hadn't mentioned that I looked stupid and the literal response was that if they pointed out even ten percent of the time I looked absolutely stupid then I'd actually have to start employing them plus provide health insurance and benefits.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: MrBlu on 29 Oct 2009, 21:13
How is this any different from mocking a bunch of teenagers who spend their disposable income on black v-neck t-shirts, straight-irons, girl jeans, MicroKorgs and AutoTune plugins?
I don't get this, what's wrong with mocking a bunch of teenagers who spend their disposable income on black v-neck t-shirts, straight-irons, girl jeans, MicroKorgs and AutoTune plugins?
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: David_Dovey on 29 Oct 2009, 21:34
Nothing! Nothing is wrong with mocking that fucking Ralph Lauren car either. Or anybody who has anything to do with Ralph Lauren in general.

Fuck Ralph Lauren, is what I am saying.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 29 Oct 2009, 21:41
It's Ralph Lauren? Straight up I just thought the dude loved polo.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: BrittanyMarie on 29 Oct 2009, 21:50
Yeah. I have to say that for the first while, though, you always think your fly is down. Why else would people be staring at you all the time?

Ugh that's the worst! Especially because I generally look like a sweetie mc good girl, I got really confused. I had my septum pierced at 12ga and people kept giving me looks like I was terrifying. I didn't like that. The other time these little old ladies at a coffee shop were all "hmm, where is this knitting store?" talking amongst themselves, so I politely interjected and told them where they could find the store. They all gave me the stink eye so bad I almost threw up the horns. Later I realized that I had a shirt on that says "I WANT YOU TO DIE", a band shirt from Captured! by Robots
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: the_pied_piper on 29 Oct 2009, 22:13
It's Ralph Lauren? Straight up I just thought the dude loved polo.

Same. I was kinda wondering why you would trick out a car for polo though; it isn't really the boldest sport out there.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: MrBlu on 30 Oct 2009, 00:38
I just realized I neglected to make a Chip The Ripper joke/reference.


... There you go.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: Inlander on 30 Oct 2009, 01:22
It's Ralph Lauren? Straight up I just thought the dude loved polo.

Same. I was kinda wondering why you would trick out a car for polo though; it isn't really the boldest sport out there.

CAR POLO DEMOLITION DERBY.
Title: Re: Thank god for Walmart
Post by: allison on 30 Oct 2009, 05:38
Speaking of which, this whole thread is reminding me how I used to occasionally wear offensive or strange clothing on purpose just to see what it would feel like to be stared at and judged all day.

When I was in highschool I did the same thing, but it was kind of a test for myself, I think. I wore really stupid things to make sure I still didn't give a shit about what people thought or said about me.