n. A TV or film genre that features stereotypical depictions of rural people, particularly those from the American South.
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Robertson is the biggest star of the biggest boom in reality TV: hicksploitation. The genre laughs at (and sometimes with) the last group of people it’s still ostensibly OK to stereotype — white backwoodsy men.
—Grayson Schaffer, “Why Duck Dynasty Can't Be Stopped,” Outside, January 28, 2014
A two-fisted tale of dumb deals, double-crosses, murder, barter gone bad and love gone sour, the film flirts with trailer-trash hicksploitation in its outrageous exploration of the darker side of the human soul.
—Mark Olsen, “L.A. Film Festival: William Friedkin's 'ferocious sensibility',” Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2012
2001 (earliest)
It’s not that hard to make a passable hicksploitation film. You churn out a script revolving around either a lone lawman fighting small town corruption or an ex-con who is trying to resist returning to a life of crime, yet gets pressured into breaking the law by small town corruption.
—Keith Allison, “Redneck Revenge,” Teleport City, April 20, 2001
The familiar (to North American eyes, anyway) word hick, "an unsophisticated, uneducated person from a small town or rural area," is surprisingly old. The Oxford English Dictionary has a cite from 1565, plus an example from a 1699 dictionary: "Hick, any Person of whom any Prey can be made." The word is a casual form of the name Richard.
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