Ten Stupid Things People Believe About Dallas

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Not everything is as upside down as it seems...

The myth of Dallas often eclipses the actual city. Thanks to Dallas the TV show, Dallas the city lives in the shadows of oil rigs, oversized cowboy hats and big money. Stereotypes aside, we're creating our own identity that is actually pretty awesome. It's time to put down the cowboy boots and Cadillacs caricatures and acknowledge what is actually true about this city we inhabit.

We've rounded up (no, not with a lasso) 10 of the stupidest things out-of-towners believe about Dallas. Instead of explaining that you don't own a pair of cowboy boots for the 10th time, shatter Dallas' worst stereotypes with this truth-bomb.

We're all conservative Republicans.
Even if the (overwhelming) majority of the state likes to vote red, like the other major urban areas in Texas, Dallas is full of left-leaning Democrats, believers in climate change and progressives of all stripes. There is a thriving gayborhood and we're soon to be home to a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, which is like flipping a massive bird at our bass ackwards state politicians. Elected officials in this city are responsible for proactive domestic violence prevention programs, a cutting-edge prostitution diversion plan, and most recently, housing unaccompanied immigrant minors while other cities and our own governor protested. It's also worth noting that in 2012, President Obama handily defeated Mitt Romney in Dallas County.

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There's no culture here.

Sure, we've got a reputation for being a soulless business hub, but even the snobbiest art, music and theater fans can find something to love in Dallas. If you're too indie for the fresh-from-NYC touring theatre companies and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, try experimental theater at Ochre House Theater or Dead White Zombies or a weird local noise band at Club Dada or the off-beat Two Bronze Doors. Do you really think that Erykah Badu would live in a place that was completely devoid of culture? Nope.

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We're all Cowboys fans.

Much to the chagrin of the fans who still cling to the good old days, not everybody here loves "the Boys." Dallas has a healthy number of transplants. The people who move from Pittsburgh and New York to take advantage of Dallas' comparatively low cost of living and lack of a state income tax certainly don't leave their sports allegiances at the door. Even if Jerry World bleeds blue and silver, sports bars host healthy rivalries. And you'd be hard pressed to find a Romo fan.

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Most of us can't even afford that fountain...
Dallas is full of rich people.
Sure, high profile residents like Mark Cuban and George W. Bush and a ridiculously high percentage of billionaires per capita may be swimming in money, but most of Dallas still swims at local, public pools. By and large, we're a middle and working class city. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Census, $56,945 is the median household income in Dallas, which is higher than both the state and national average, but solidly middle class. Still, one in four people in Dallas lives in poverty, so the wealth here isn't as equally distributed as people might think.

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It's probably just the humidity...

We all have big hair.

Sigh. Even though Dallas is the home of Neiman Marcus and a global fashion (read: shopping) destination, people still believe that we're lacquering ourselves in Aqua-Net and teasing our bleach-blonde tresses up to be with Jesus. With the sheer number of "salons" like Dry Bar that will charge you $60 to dry and flatten your hair with a hot iron, you'd think this one would've died years ago.

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Elaine Liner
And they say Southern accents sound dumb...
We all sound like a bunch of ignorant hicks.
When visiting the Jersey shore, Dallasites might sound like sweet Southern belles. If only those brusque guidos knew that the rest of the state considered us the snooty cousin who adopts a British accent after studying abroad. The Dallas accent is much more Midwestern than any drawl from the Deep South, with just a touch of twang thrown in every now and again to keep things interesting.


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joeinbost
joeinbost

They are Dishonest  well at least the Judges 

Art_Carnage
Art_Carnage

- You can't get around the city without a car (or better yet, pickup truck). 

DART has more miles of light-rail track than any city in the country. Sure, they need an east-west route that doesn't hub to downtown, but they're working on it. And the D-Link is pretty awesome (and free, along with our cool historical trollies).


Nmara
Nmara

Fuck that, it IS always hot here. Fuck I hate the heat. 

John
John

Too bad the dumb-asses who bring guns into public places and Robert Jeffress tarnishes anything that's good with Dallas.

Catbird
Catbird

Thank God for Robert Jeffress!

SisterLawna
SisterLawna

Some better restaurants than New York as well! Don't forget Dallas has its own house of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence! Keeping with some west coast values in the Bible Belt! @SisterLawna 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I have to admit that before I moved here I shared some of the misperceptions that Coasters have about Dallas.  Dallas, as I've found, is most certainly not like the Texas hinterlands where some of the most ignorant people elect some of the most ignorant politicians to office, where Bible-slapping bigots hate minorities, gay people, Jews, and practically everyone else, including themselves.  Unfortunately, the blue oasis of Dallas in the Red Desert of Texas will get lumped in with the rest of state thanks to the whack jobs and the far-right crazies who get lots and lots of worldwide publicity.  Pity.

lloyd_blankfein
lloyd_blankfein

Two whole pages of Amy grovelling to her betters on the coasts?

"We're not all bad. Some of us are very sophisticated..."

Steeve
Steeve

The thing that annoys me is this:  tell people you are from Austin, and they jizz in their pants.  Say you are from Dallas, and they turn on you.'


Because most people are pussies.

cajunscouse9
cajunscouse9

This little article had potential, but the usual clichés of conservatives put an end to that. It's lazy writing. Try being more original.

wyrhwolf
wyrhwolf

Oh, and we don't ALL wear cowboy hats and boots!

ksteubin
ksteubin

'We're all conservative Republicans.'  Yeah, a huge chunk of those who voted for Obama kept re-electing John Wiley Price.  Proud of that?

hellojmt
hellojmt

Though I agree with most of this list, I think it's important to point out an error in #1. President Obama defeated Senator McCain in 2008, not Mitt Romney. Unless you were referring to the 2012 presidential election.

NewsDog
NewsDog

...but most of Dallas still swims at local, public pools. 

How? The City keeps closing them. How many public pools are even open in The City of Dallas?

Art_Carnage
Art_Carnage

@John I look it this way: They had a DFW Open Carry rally, and couldn't draw enough of a crowd to fill a Chipotle. Hilarious.

crashtx1
crashtx1

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Wow, your some of that special kind of stupid aren't you. The political oasis of Dallas? lolol. I guess it's cool you can visit many of your elected officials at the same jail.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz And how often to you get out to the "hinterlands"?

I find your air of urban superiority offensive.


The "hinterlands" in Texas are little different from the "hinterlands" most places; ever been to any of the other fly-over states.

Art_Carnage
Art_Carnage

@Steeve You know how people say they love Paris, but hate theParisians? That pretty well sums up Austin.

bit.trollent
bit.trollent

@ksteubin Yes. We are proud to treat refugee children fleeing extreme violence with dignity instead of contempt.

hwy77
hwy77

@NewsDog  There are 16 City of Dallas outdoor pools open this summer plus the indoor pool at Bachman Lake. Also a dozen or so "spraygrounds" facilities and the Bahama Beach park.

jeromebarry
jeromebarry

@bit.trollent News flash. They are not going to be housed in Dallas.  Find something else to be all superior about.

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