Viral video takes a satirical look at Eastern Kentucky

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A video going viral on social media takes a satirical look at Eastern Kentucky.

President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty put the spotlight on Eastern Kentucky 50 years ago, and some say it led to negative stereotypes.

For years people have called us toothless, illiterate hillbillies, but Ryan Hall's video shows the world something different.

Hall is a proud Eastern Kentuckian from Pike County.

He created a YouTube video called The Appalachian Region: Exposed, and within days it was racking up thousands of views.

"I just wanted to make a joke or a parody doing the same things they do but showing the good things and saying it's really not that bad," he said. "It is not meant to be taken too seriously. There's a message but it's a joke at the same time."

A message, he says, that Eastern Kentucky may not be exactly what "non-hillbillies" think.

"I was trying to show how actually normal it is here. I went and showed some streets around the city where there are brick homes, and we don't have two story outhouses," Hall said.

Hall says going viral was not what he expected, but he does hope people will realize the meaning behind it and help spread the message.

He is considering making similar videos.

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