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What, if any, are some of the things you're embarrassed about in terms of the state you live in?

Asked by Simone_De_Beauvoir (38980points) December 2nd, 2009

I, for example, am embarrassed that today NYS senate voted agaisnt same-sex marriage all thanks to Upstate and Staten Island imbicels…

are there things about the state you live in that you’re ashamed about? mention the state, please

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poofandmook's avatar

I’m ashamed of its semi-notoriety for having hypodermic needles washing up on the shore after a medical waste dump. It’s not a common occurrence by any means, regardless of what anyone’s heard.

Les's avatar

I went to Barnes and Nobel on Saturday and there was not one, not two, but three people in line ahead of me with Going Rogue in their hands. Hangs head in shame. I was buying Carl Sagan’s Billions and Billions.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@poofandmook are we still talking about NY?

Les's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir – “The Equality State”: Wyoming. It was the first state in the union to grant women the right to vote as well as to be able to serve on juries and hold public office. Go figure.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Les huh, didn’t know that. thanks!

tinyfaery's avatar

Generally, I love CA. But I can’t get married, Arnie is the governor, and people actually voted for him. Yikes!

gemiwing's avatar

I live in Kentucky, do I need to say more? I live in the one blue area of the state though, so it could be worse. A lot worse.

Gokey's avatar

The Bengals.

dpworkin's avatar

New York’s State Government is severely flawed, in both the legislature and the Governor’s office. It is more corrupt than Louisiana, which is really saying something.

Facade's avatar

I don’t think there’s anything embarrassing about Virginia as a state

zephyr826's avatar

I was so excited to be from Illinois following last November’s election, and then our former governor (dear dear Blagojevich) had to go and blow it. Then he wanted to go on a reality show. Sigh…

poofandmook's avatar

@Facade: The Sniper was pretty embarrassing…

Jude's avatar

State? How about a city within a province? Sarnia (known by some of the locals as “Sarnhole”). I’m embarrassed by “Chemical Valley” (ESSO, Dow, Bayer). Because of it, it’s a tad stinky around here.

DominicX's avatar

That we passed prop 8. I actually think it’s cool that our governor is freakin’ Arnold Schwarzenegger. Only in California! :) Other than that, I really love California and am not embarrassed of much.

I don’t live in Nevada anymore, but I wasn’t embarrassed of anything there. Long live legalized prostitution and gambling. :P

whatthefluther's avatar

California is a beautiful, generally progressive, state, and though medical marijuana is legal, same sex marriage and assisted suicide are not. Hopefully, they will be in short order. See ya…..Gary/wtf

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Gokey aww, they’re doing better this season though

casheroo's avatar

Well, city wise, it’s pretty embarrassing that our football stadium needs a damn jail because of how rowdy and violent the fans are known to get.

janbb's avatar

Da Sopranos.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Other than the behavior of Mountaineer fans and most of the idiots I go to school with, I can’t think of much that’s embarrassing about WV. The stereotypes you think of are embarrassing, but most people aren’t backward hillbillies doing illegal things with their kin. So that and the fact that this state is so poor, yet companies make billions from raping it, are sad and a shame.

DominicX's avatar


I feel bad because I made a list of states so I could put down where each American artist on my iTunes playlists was born and the only state I left out was West Virginia. I completely did not acknowledge its existence…lol. But that’s the state where the Mothman is from, so it’s all cool. :P

MissAnthrope's avatar

@DominicX – You would be shocked to see how many people think when I say “West Virginia” that I’m talking about western Virginia. Like, they don’t even know it’s a state, I’m not even kidding.

And what a shame, because where would this world be without Don Knotts, Mary Lou Retton, and Jennifer Garner?? (all from WV)

DominicX's avatar


It probably is the most forgotten state. But I’d reckon the name has something to do with it. If it were called Nickajack, that might change things. :P

Gokey's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir It’s not that – I just don’t like football in general and the religion that seems to surround it. Bengals fans drive me bananas!

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

Jeff Dahmer. Foam Cheeseheads.

Val123's avatar

I’m embarrassed that Kansas is a Republican state. At least, I was for this last election.

chyna's avatar

@MissAnthrope I’m from WV too, and the sterotypes are mostly fictitious.
@DominicX Get a West Virginian on your playlist pronto. :) (And mothman isn’t real.)

avvooooooo's avatar

I’m ashamed that Georgia has so many ignorant people and does not value education.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

It might still be the Meth capital of the USA
It’s a mecca for strippers and porn actors

ekans's avatar

Well, I am from Illinois, so considering the fact that three of our governors since the nineteen sixties have served prison sentences due to corruption, and it looks like our previous governor is going to make it four, my state has a lot to be ashamed of.

ccrow's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir I read somewhere that same-sex marriage has failed in every state (31, I think) where it has gone to popular vote.

benjaminlevi's avatar

I, as someone from Connecticut, am embarrassed that my state gives Joseph Liberman a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Blondesjon's avatar

I am incapable of being embarrassed by my own actions. How if God’s name can I be embarrassed by the actions of a landmass?

filmfann's avatar

I live in California, in the SF Bay Area. A generally progressive area.
Yet much of the state is full of people who are sure Obama is a muslim, that gay marriage threatens them, and that gun ownership laws protect them.
These people are idiots.

Facade's avatar

@poofandmook I tend to forget things like that…

Val123's avatar

@filmfann Here too. It is so embarrassing, especially viewed under the scrutiny of the rest of the world. Normally I could care less about what the rest of the world might think because….well, normally we’re cool. But “we’ve” been anything but “cool” these last 11 months. The wacko germs, usually kept under control, have been bursting out in the government and infecting other places where you’d least expect it.

BTW. Obama is not gay. He had a sex change operation. Didn’t you know?

DominicX's avatar

@filmfann Fuckin’ Redding. And Placerville.

No offense, Reddingites and Placervilleans; my boyfriend is from Placerville, but man, talk about hicksvile. I once saw anti-gay protesters there when I was younger. Freaked me out.

filmfann's avatar

@DominicX I just bought a house in Shingletown, about 25 minutes east of Redding. My neighbor stopped by this weekend and was telling me how Obama is a Muslim, and not born in this country. All I can do is shake my head.

Grisaille's avatar


The same-sex marriage idiocy as well as our idiotic Governor. Idiots.

Phobia's avatar

Alot. I live in Mississippi and there isn’t much to brag about. Poor education and high poverty levels….

MacBean's avatar

Yeah, I second (third? fourth?) what the other NYers have said. :(

toomuchcoffee911's avatar

Ohio isn’t the most exciting state. Not much to brag about here.

MacBean's avatar

@toomuchcoffee911: I’m sure there are some, but I’ve never met a jerk from Ohio. You could brag about that!

gracec_3's avatar

I live in California and am currently attending a State University with ever falling standards and ever rising tuition (has doubled since i started 3 years ago). I have been studying to go into the field of education, an ever-dimming dream that is made worse by the fact that i have chosen to study foreign language, which no one seems to care about anymore since people can’t even seem to master the english language in an even halfway mediocre way. Trying to find a job is nearly impossible, we are being asked to pay more taxes to cover the debt while we watch our money get misspent and our benefits and opportunities dissapear. I’d like to move, but thanks to out-of-state tuition and the current economic crisis due to irresponsible people giving money to other irresponsible people, i can’t

prude's avatar

want more?

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@prude nope, that’s plenty

Berserker's avatar

I’m pretty sick and tired of the stereotypical views of Canadian culture depicting it as a buncha lumberjacks who eat raw onions and perpetually live in a frozen wasteland.

Yes, Winters are cold; but are Summers are gonna kick your ass.

It’s ridiculous.

Plus beer here rules, a lot of it is like nine percent and so much tastier than that wussy ass Budweiser crap.

toomuchcoffee911's avatar

@Symbeline “eat raw onions” Lol!

MacBean's avatar

@Symbeline: It’s moose, not raw onions, right?

Berserker's avatar

@MacBean Raw onions. Killing moose is for putting the antlers over your garage and be badass.
I’m doing it

avvooooooo's avatar

Oh yeah. I forgot. I hate how people here are so ignorant that when in August of ‘08 when Russia was invading Georgia (the country) that people here in Georgia (the state) were freaking out. Really. It can be that bad.

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