What Are Bogans?

Question: What is a bogan?

Answer: A bogan is an Australian redneck.

Wait, is a bogan really a redneck? Yes. Here's why:

For years, "redneck" was a fiercely classist word that was used to mock a group of people who fell outside of "respectable" American society. Redneck men were historically pitted against various "others," but mostly non-whites by the "elites," in order to keep the middle and lower classes suspicious of, and busy fighting among, each other. "The [INSERT CONVENIENT ENEMY OF THE DAY] is coming to take away your jobs, your women, your income, your benefits, and destroy your family/country/way of life!" the powerful would say, laughing all the way to the bank.

Classism is always enforced by racism and sexism.

Rednecks and bogans are stereotyped as typically mullet sportin’, torn flannel wearin’, hard drinkin’, classic rockin’, trailer trashin’, train wreckin' simple, unsophisticated, uncultured, and boorish folk who are always on the fringes of acceptable society.

Historically, bogans and rednecks have been laughed at and easily dismissed as coarse buffoons.

 

For the most part, we Americans have embraced our working-class, marginalized, and misunderstood brethren. Jeff Foxworthy, known for his "you might be a redneck" jokes, became the best-selling comedy recording artist of all time. Are there racist rednecks? Absolutely, however, there are also rednecks who have long known the system is rigged against them regardless of race, because they understand how racism and sexism are used against them in a broader class struggle. The differences are really just nitpicking across oceans.

So, are bogans rednecks? In my opinion they absolutely are! Even if the words themselves are rooted in classism they're also words embraced by the very people they were weaponized against. Both are loud, proud, fiercely independent, and above all they are survivors within societies, to paraphrase George Carlin, where the upper-class uses their existence to scare the shit out of the middle-class.

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