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    What's English white trash like?

    I've never been to England.

    I watched some stuff with Karl Pilkington and also that show The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. IT Crowd, some other shit.

    But I can't recall seeing English white trash in any of those. Wait, the neighbor in Todd Margaret was trashy but not enough for me to fully understand

    I know they exist, and I'm wondering what they're called. What they do. What they don't do. Brands they fancy. Like here, those red pickled sausages, Hot Cheetos, 305 cigarettes, Natural Light, the gigantic 79 cent Polar Pop sodas from Circle K, early 2000s Chevy Malibus, Vera Bradley and Coach knock off bags, the little piercing that looks like Cindy Crawford's mole. Oh god, and Figaro styled silver necklaces or wearing silver and gold jewelry mixed

    Personally, I like mobile homes and think they're alright. Do they live in mobile homes? Do they wear flip flops and socks or let their kids run around Walmart without any shoes? Are there even trailer parks in England? If not, what is an equivalent?

    If there's anything you recommend watching so I can get an idea of what English white trash is like, I'd love to see it

    Also in what regions are they found? How are they similar to American white trash? What has been your experience?

    Extra question... do men wear flip flops in England?
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    You need to watch Shameless. The British TV program. It's a pretty accurate representation of every council (poor) estate up & down the country.



    And absolutely hilarious.



    In the very profound words of our dear Frank Gallagher "Make poverty history! Cheaper drugs now!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by rokki balbotox View Post
    Personally, I like mobile homes and think they're alright. Do they live in mobile homes? Do they wear flip flops and socks or let their kids run around Walmart without any shoes? Are there even trailer parks in England? If not, what is an equivalent?

    If there's anything you recommend watching so I can get an idea of what English white trash is like, I'd love to see it

    Also in what regions are they found? How are they similar to American white trash? What has been your experience?
    They speak like this:



    They live in social welfare housing estates. English people have a great sense of entitlement, love to complain and shift blame for their problems outwards. English people, on the whole, are passive and will tend to mutter under their breath, whereas poor/unemployed ones are more likely outliers who don't mind being a public nuisance.

    Oh yeah, upturned inflexions at the end of every sentence, whether it's a question or not(?). (apparently Australians are even worse for this though?)

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    We have "council estates" which were developed after the war to house the working poor initially. (I watched a brilliant documentary recently about the history of council housing development over the years), but that was soon expanded to house the non working poor which apparently lowered the quality of the homes & communities over time... As originally, they were built & maintained to a very high standard (being the pride an joy of a newly Socialist country).

    They can be found in all cities.

    Just like in America, they throw all the poor and "undesirables" into these now ghettos, where poverty inevitably leads to crime and the flouncing of the law.

    Some council areas have managed to reserve some dignity, but this largely depends on individuals and community efforts.

    We don't have the same problems with huge crack cocaine endemics, but we do have smaller pockets of regular druggies... These are often street dwellers, or take drugs to escape the harsh and bitter reality of street life.

    Some poor people are likely to shop at cheaper stores such as Primark, but then again, so do many of the middle classes, just out of convience... (Recently watched a documentary of the trust cost of cheap "throw away" clothes - purchased to be worn a couple of times then thrown out and repeat).

    Lots of drugs & alcohol .. mainly cannabis which so many of us use, lots of cocaine, also used by many.

    When at a party or rave, ecstasy or MDMA is the go-to choice.

    The only people who live in caravans are those who are really frugal about living costs (out of necessity, but few) and the gypsy travellers who are strongly disliked because they are literally trailer trash hooligans who shit on the communities they pass through.
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    Google "chav".
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    Heh. We've been here years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scarydoor View Post
    They speak like this:

    Oh yeah, upturned inflexions at the end of every sentence, whether it's a question or not(?). (apparently Australians are even worse for this though?)
    Wait, is this a class thing, or just English people in general?

    Guess I’ve never noticed it—in the US inflection like this usually indicates a person is from southern California.

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