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The “White Trash” Trope and its Real Hidden Agenda

The stereotypical “white trash” character onscreen is poor, rural, unrefined, uneducated and often racist - a cardboard villain or a laughingstock. Although this is beginning to change in some of today’s stories like I, Tonya, it’s important to recognize the sneaky way that denigrating so-called “white trash” characters has actually been used to reinforce upper-class white supremacy on screen.