Three Stupid Things People From Other Places Think About Houston
Houston is often criticized or lampooned by people from other parts of the country, but all that really means is that this city is notable enough to draw fire. People don't usually talk about boring places.
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Still, a lot of the stereotypes that get flung our way are just silly, and any Houstonian who has traveled around the country has doubtlessly encountered those jabs at
our city. Let's look at a few of these erroneous stereotypes a little closer.
1. Houston is full of cowboys.
Look, I'm not going to say that there aren't people living here who self-identify as "cowboys," or who reflect certain aspects of that lifestyle, but when I've talked with people from outside Texas, a lot of them are shocked to discover that not everyone in the greater Houston area is commuting to work on horseback while dressed like Slim Pickens in an old Western.
I suppose that's an appealing thought to a lot of outsiders, it probably makes Houston seem more exotic in their minds. But too many of them also use that stereotype to draw an unfair conclusion that Houstonians are all a bunch of primitive throwbacks in some sort of wild west fantasy land.
The fact is there are a lot of people living here who enjoy country music, riding horses and attending the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo every year, but assuming that every Houstonian fits that profile is silly. It also pigeonholes a lot of those people unfairly. Just because someone is wearing a cowboy hat and boots does not mean that he or she isn't excited by fine art or the Symphony. It doesn't mean that person is making a living herding cows on the open range, either. A lot of them are probably computer programmers or something. Stereotypes project a simple image on people, reducing them to cartoon characters.
Houston has far too diverse of a population to just proclaim that all of us are cowboys. It's part of our culture, but it's not the totality of what Houston is.
Honorable mention goes to people that think everyone in Houston owns oil wells and is a member of the Ewing clan.