Who do you like better? The Hatfields or The McCoys?
Have you watched the three-part mini series, Hatfields & McCoys on the History Channel? If you haven’t, try to catch it on re-runs. It’s well worth it.
While my husband and I were watching it the other night, I made a comment to him.
“God, those McCoys are just such jackasses!”
Cut me a break for the language; the kids were in bed.
“WHAT?!” my husband replied, while looking at me with an incredulous look on his face.
“Yes. They’re such hotheads and sneaky weasels. Don’t tell me you think the McCoys are better?!”
“The Hatfields are the reason the whole thing started. They’re deserters and murderers! You like them?”
And so began our mini family feud over the Hatfields & McCoys.
I do think that both families are over the top idiots, but in my opinion, the Hatfields are the tiniest bit more likable by a small margin. When I say that, I’m looking at the families as a whole. Devil Anse Hatfield (played by Kevin Costner in the History Channel series), is no hero in my book. I don’t have a soft spot in my heart for deserters. But he and the rest of his family come off more level-headed to me than the McCoy family.
When I see the McCoys, I see a family full of hotheads without much love for each other. To me, Randall McCoy (played by Bill Paxton) is a cold simpleton who can’t let go of a grudge. While everyone in this series is a moonshine or whiskey drunkard, the McCoys seem always drunk and in large number. The McCoy boys simply don’t think first before acting. They immediately turn to murder by repeated stabbing all from a verbal altercation.
I’m not saying any of the other murders between these families are excusable. But shooting someone with a gun, while heinous, is more removed than stabbing. It takes a dark, dark soul to stab someone again and again and again.
The Hatfields have their fair share of drunks, too, don’t get me wrong. The Hatfield uncles are a despicable group of idiot loudmouths who are driven by hatred. But somewhere in the Hatfield family, there is at least a little bit of love. Love between Devil Anse and his wife; love for their children, between their children. I don’t know. I guess they seem the warmer of the two families if I had to choose.
I was surprised by my husband’s vehemence that he felt the McCoys were the better family, though. It made me wonder, is it really up to the viewer? If you’ve watched the series, I’d love to hear your take.
Vote in the poll below and let us know which family (if any) you like better. Use the comments to tell us why. Is there a better family in the Hatfields & McCoys feud? You decide!!