love that snakeman
Posted in the Whitesburg Forum
#1 Jan 26, 2012
I've watched the Snake Man show so far and think it's fantastic. Me and my family will watch it again tonight, and we'll keep watching as long as it stay on television.
Everybody that's running Verlin down for handling serpents just proves what he said, "If serpent handling was practiced in India or another country, it would be looked on as exotic" But because we do it in Appalachia, people think we're crazy.
Nobody ever said they don't have running water - I've seen Reba washing dishes and running water in her sink on the show. What the man said was that using rain water was the cleanest way to do your clothes. That's true, no matter whether you have filters or not - rain water is more pure than ground water or city water. Seems to me that's just good common sense. Yuppies in the city pay big money to install "reclaimed water systems" off their gutters - Verlin is doing the same thing, and it doesn't cost him a penny.
For everybody complaining that he run down strip mining - that isn't true. At the end of the show, they was on another picnic in some nice woods in the mountains - and I am pretty sure that Verlin said that this picnic was on a reclaimed strip mine. For somebody that doesn't know anything about strip mining - it was real good to see the before and after shots of a strip mine. So whether you are for strip mining or against it, if you are being honest, you can't say that they didn't show both sides of it.
People FROM Appalachia are so accustomed to attacking any show ABOUT Appalachia that they don't even really bother to watch the show with any attention or focus. And if the people making the negative comments are watching, you sure aren't listening very good. Seems like everbody is just looking to find things to be offended about and running the shorts down.
To show any place or person on a tv show, you gotta have them people's or places permission and have to sign something saying it's okay. The unemployment office probably wouldn't let them shoot there.
As for where that tower he climbed up to make some money... IT'S A TV SHOW. On a tv show, a lot of stuff is probably going to be made up. Have you watched "Jersey Shore" or "The Real Housewives" - seems obvious that they make most of that stuff up.
I'd rather see Appalachians being shown like the Short family is on their show, instead of showing a bunch of pill popping, dope dealing, fist fighting, hard drinking, negativity like so many of the other "reality" shows.
I don't know Verlin or Reba - but from watching the show, they seem like a good family struggling to stay together and raise their kids right.
The only negative stuff I know about them is what I've read on the Topix. And you people writing that hateful stuff should realize that Snake Man is on the Animal Planet; the Shorts seem like good people - no matter what they are really like - and outside of Letcher County and Whiteburg, they come off as great people.
I haven't been home to Harlan County in years, so I like seeing the buildings and the coal fields and especially the mountains. I enjoy seeing a family that reminds me how me and my brothers and sisters grew up - and to me it seems the show is sending a very positive message of eastern Kentucky and all of Appalachia.
I wonder if the new jersey people or the beverly hills people get so worked up about a show shot in their states and towns?
If I was still living in Harlan County, instead of complaining and saying stuff about the Shorts, I'd be buddying up to them to see if they could help me figure out how I could get me a show. Between Justified, Snake Man, Turtle Man and the Coal show, seems like right now is the best time to be a strange character living in appalachia. And that's something else - anybody on a tv show has to be doing something different and unusual. People gotta be way different to be on tv. If they just showed normal people, why would anybody want to watch that show.
#2 Jan 26, 2012
That was long. I love the show can't wait for the new one. Is it really that pretty there.
#3 Jan 27, 2012
Yes; it's gorgeous in the summer in the fall. And production has a habit of only showing houses that are rundown and derelict. It's actually a nice (but very small) town with several wonderful local restaurants and a really awesome new Rec Center. Worth a visit if you're ever passing through.
#4 Jan 28, 2012
i love the snakemans brother.would love to see him on that show
#5 Jan 30, 2012
What is that partially collapsed building falling into the road in the intro scenes when Verlin is riding his motorcycle? Where is it? That looks dangerous.
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