Residence: Austin, Texas
Date of Performance/Collection: April 2011
Primary Language: English
Joke Dumb Blonde in a Potato Sack
Theres three girls running from the police: one is blonde, one is a redhead, and the other is a brunette. They go into this barn to hide, and see a few potato sacks on the floor, so they each crawl inside one to hide. The police catch up and come into the barn, and they see the potato sacks on the floor. One of the cops goes up to the first sack with the brunette in it and nudges it with his foot, and the brunette goes, meow, meow really softly. The cop says, oh, its just kittens. He then nudges the sack with the redhead in it, so she goes, woof woof really softly. The cop goes, oh, its just puppies. Then the cop goes to the last sack with the blonde in it and nudges it, and she goes, POTATOES!
The informant doesnt really remember where she first heard this joke, but says it was years ago and probably at school. Although blonde jokes seem to stem from a stereotype that is often associated with blonde women from California, the informant is from Texas, but also blonde. She made it very clear that she is not offended by blonde jokes, and knows she is smarter than most people who tell blonde jokes. She doesnt really understand where this stereotype that blonde women are less intelligent came from, but she finds these jokes funny, and knows many of them. The informant did mention that she has noticed that the stereotype does not usually apply to blonde men, which gives the stereotype a sexist aspect. Although these jokes have existed for years, the informant attributes their popularity to the media and dumb blonde celebrities, such as Jessica Simpson and Playboy Playmates.
I agree with the informant that recent depictions of blonde women in the media live up to this stereotype, which only strengthens the stereotype and leads to the further dissemination of these jokes. The most vivid example that really went down in pop culture history is from MTVs reality television show, The Newlyweds, where Jessica Simpson was depicted as a shallow, dumb blonde, saying things like, is it chicken or is it fish? (referring to the Chicken of the Sea tuna fish brand). This one statement still lives on in popular cultures representations of blonde women, and only helps perpetuate this stereotype and this form of humor.