First of yes, this is a thing. After the success of the regular “Pawn Stars” this show started up and appears to be doing just as well as the original.
Say what you will about the shows, they’re obviously not great pieces of film but they are occasionally interesting and are really great for when you want to just kind of turn your brain off and watch TV.
Regardless of that though, the intro to “Cajun Pawn Stars” both enrages and annoys me. I do not understand it at all. Here’s exactly what is said in the intro:
“We’re no Sin City. You can give a man a watch, and he’ll trade it for a mule which might be worth a shoe-shine and that watch will move from one hand to the next and then the next. People bring all kinds of stuff through our doors here in the small town of Alexandria Louisiana, what goes around comes around and I hope to be here when it does.”
It’s a little hard to know what I’m talking about with the visual to go along, so here’s a link to an episode: (You can just watch the intro)
The reason why I can’t understand this intro is because the first “Trade” it shows is a watch for a mule which is understandable I guess but, it then shows that same watch being traded for a shoe-shine then from what I can see it’s put away then stolen by the only African American person in the entire introduction then that person takes it and puts it in the store to sell.
I don’t want to come off as paranoid or over sensitive but doesn’t it seem a little racist that the only time an African American person is shown they’re stealing something?
Also, if you can somehow put the racist part of the intro out of your mind for a minute, how does that watch go from being worth the same as a mule (Which from what I gather is around $1,500) to being worth a shoe-shine which is worth at most $50?
I think it’s safe to say that it’s obvious that the history channel is trying to make its viewers think the south is both stupid and incredibly racist.
The last part is meant as a joke, I’m honestly not upset by this show in anyway. The intro just annoys me because the logic doesn’t add up and it is certainly at least a little off-color.
The next episode to air after this blog was posted featured a completely new intro. I’m not saying this blog was the cause of it but, I couldn’t see any other reason for them to change the intro a couple episodes into the season.