This past weekend I was invited to attend an off-campus party that I later found out was “White Trash” themed. Being the sociologically curious person that I am, I decided to attend this party (uncostumed) to see what there was to see.

The first thing I noticed was the costumes. To give a few sketches: fake pregnant women in skimpy dresses; white ribbed tank tops (also known offensively as “wife beaters”) and plaid shirts with cut-off sleeves; belly shirts with cut-off jeans and bright g-strings; copious amounts of tattoos (breast tattoos and armbands seemed especially popular, and lots of blonde wigs.

Most people I noticed were drinking PBR, MGD, or other cheap beers. In the kitchen there was a spread of McDonald’s french fries, s’mores, and what looked like refried bean dip or something like it. I’m not entirely sure if this was meant to go with the theme of the party or was just incidental.

The whole rise in popularity of PBR as beer for the “hipster” or college-aged crowd was recently written about at Sociological Images. You can read the entire post here.