Wanted: “a ‘Hicky’ Blue Collar look”

Politico has an interesting behind the scenes look at one of those hokey political ads featuring “working class” folks (played by professional actors) paid for by the NRSC. Here’s part of the casting call:

– We are going for a ‘Hicky’ Blue Collar look. These characters are from West Virginia so think coal miner/trucker looks

– Each character should bring a several options and stay away from all black or all white or thin stripes (thicker stripes and plaid are good)

– Clothing Suggestions:
• Jeans
• Work boots
• Flannel shirt
• Denim shirt
• Dickie’s type jacket with t-shirt underneath
• Down filled vest
• John Deer hats (not brand new, preferably beat up)
• Trucker hats (not brand new, preferably beat up)
• No Thin Stripes

Amusing, to say the least.

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  1. Brummagem Joe says:

    This is hilarious. Perhaps I could appear in an ad with the “preppy look.” I’ll get my bowtie and fair isle vest out.

  2. Tano says:

    Is the ‘John Deer” hat the ones with the fuzzy little antlers sticking out the top?

  3. Steve Plunk says:

    Yeah, the Dems don’t do the same thing do they? It would be a worthwhile post if now and again there was something we didn’t already know. Your partisan bashing just wastes our time.