My brother recommended this documentary on Netflix by Dickhouse Productions called The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia. If you haven’t seen this, do so. It’s one of the strangest things I’ve seen in a long time.
I had mixed emotions watching it, which is the mark of something well made. I was stunned, and laughing out loud at some of the antics of these whacky individuals. And at other times, sitting there with my mouth hanging open. I was saddened not by Kirk Whites’ addiction, but by what her young son Tylor who looked around 7 years old must be going through.
This show actually had an effect on me. It illustrated the poverty in Boone County West Virginia. And while clearly most people are not like these folks, how geographical circumstance can influence a culture. I’m so far removed from this kind of culture, I can never really understand it. So although it would be easy for me to write about the Whites in a negative way, who am I to do so?
My advice; see this for yourself. It’s Wild and maybe not so wonderful for the Whites.