Chad Prather, the host of Ride Television Network’s “It’s My Backyard” recently defended his southern accent in a YouTube video and the clip has since gone viral, having garnered more than 1.6 million views. (video below)
According to Prather, he was asked to weigh in on the Confederate flag debate but he replied that he didn’t want to step into the debate. However, he used the video to defend his accent from detractors who said he sounds unintelligent while taking a stand for southern culture, The Dallas Morning News reported.
“They told me the South, with ‘that backwoods mindset,' is what’s wrong with this country and to stop polluting the world with my ignorance,” Prather, 42, told The Dallas Morning News. “Someone really did not get sugar in his coffee that day.”
He listed the South’s achievements, ranging from college football to its economic strengths.
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“We’re not the Confederate South,” he said. “There’s a heritage to that history, but there is a culture here to be admired.”
Prather said the response to his statements has been overwhelming.
“They were saying ‘Yes there are gentleman in the South. Yes there are manners in the South. We like having the doors held open for us. We like ma’am and sir,’” he said. “I even get those kinds of responses from people in the Northeast where you typically do get a lot of that condescension to southern culture. So I’m still proud of that.”
Prather admits there’s a stigma to being Southern.
“I’m not ashamed of the southern dialect, but you want to sound educated,” he said. “I have been in some places in the Deep South where you need a Rosetta Stone for Rednecks, there is no way to understand what some of those people are saying.”
On an interview with Fox News, Prather said: "With the world being as small as it is, I think it's necessary that we learn to embrace other cultures. You see the differences and you don't hate them, you don't stereotype them. You just learn to appreciate them."