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Almost Politically Correct Redneck is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photo of a young shirtless man with a mullet hairstyle standing next to a pickup truck. The captions typically portray the man as an earnest and well-meaning but unaware of his own stereotypical redneck prejudice.
The photo was originally used as early as July 2005 as a response photo on the internet humor site Fark. On July 3rd, 2005, Fark user sens posted the image in response to a story claiming Toyota would be building a plant in Canada because they did not want to train southern Americans. The photo was used on Fark in this manner on at least 2 other occasions in 2005 and 2009.
On May 12th, 2012, Redditor IanL27 submitted an image macro to the Advice Animals subreddit in a post titled “I present to you: Somewhat Politically Correct Redneck”, which featured the caption “Not against gay marriage / unless the couple is colored.” Within three days the post received over 3,700 up votes, earning 1124 points overall.
On May 13th, 2012, Redditor larkable submitted a post titled “A kid at my school was getting picked on for being a ‘faggot’, so this guy gets up and grabs the bully by the throat and says this” to the Advice Animals subreddit, containing an image macro with the caption “What’s wrong / with faggots, queer?” This post gained nearly 17,000 upvotes, 1971 points overall and nearly 600 comments.
The following day, ] men’s humor blog Guyism published a post titled “New Meme You Should Know: Almost Politically Correct Redneck”, which reported that the meme was born out of North Carolina’s gay marriage ban earlier that week. The same day, BodyBuilding Forums member BBmisc420196 posted a thread titled “New meme: Almost politically correct redneck”, which included several example image macros and received 23 responses in 24 hours. Also on May 14th, an example with caption “I fully support the right of my daughter to express her love for her girlfriend in public / it’s pretty hot” was posted on the Internet humor site FunnyJunk and a Facebook page for “Almost Politically Correct Redneck” was created.
Series of Almost Politically Correct Redneck instances have also been shared on BroBible, Uproxx and Slacktory. In November 2012, the image macro series came in at #17 on Buzzfeed’s list of the Best New Memes of 2012. As of December, 2012, the Quickmeme page has received more than 5000 submissions and the Meme Generator page hosts an additional thousand. There have also been 760 submissions of Almost Politically Correct Redneck to Reddit and new instances continue to be posted on Tumblr.