Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson unleashed a firestorm in December 2013 with his controversial comments. As a result, he was called everything from a homophobe to a bigot.
And while you may or may not have a few choice names that you would choose to call him, the media has stereotypically painted Phil Robertson as just another dumb redneck.
But does that particular name fit? After all, how dumb can the man be? He earned a master's degree in education from Louisiana Tech and built a multi-million dollar business that all began in his shed.
The perception the media puts forth, and prevailing public opinion in general, is that anyone from the South or having a southern accent is ignorant and just plain dumb.
As a native southerner, I'd like to set the record straight. In a country with only 450 years of history, the South has put out its fair share of successful and influential people. In fact, some of them have been brilliant.