Reba’s “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” Goes Viral Amid Alex Murdaugh Trial

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Thank you, Gen Z, for giving  Reba time in the limelight during your daily routine.

This TikTok trend has kept me giggling throughout the Alex Murdaugh trial.

In case you have been living under a rock, the past few weeks, everyone has been talking about the trial of Alex Murdaugh, who was charged with killing his wife and son.

If you haven’t actively been watching the trial, you have probably binged watched the three-part Netflix docuseries about the events that led up to the trial. There’s also another docuseries on HBO, too…

The prominent South Carolina family ran their small town because their father, Alex, ran the local law firm. Through many twists and turns, covering up family wrong-doings, cold murder cases that led back to the Murdaugh family, and the unraveling of their family’s law firm, Alex Murdaugh’s wife and son were found dead.

The prime suspect was the head of the household, Alex.

He was found guilty of the murders of his wife and son, leading to some funny internet commentary (including OJ Simpson), but the story is genuinely wildly tragic.

Outside of Twitter, though, Gen Z’s humor has been shining on TikTok with a bit of help from our friend Reba.

Kids that have been following the trial are posting clips of their thoughts to the line from Reba’s “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” where she says:

“Well, don’t trust your soul to no backwoods Southern lawyer.”

Hilariously ironic.

@sommerlucas3 #murdaugh #murdaughtrial #southcarolina #alexmurdaugh #fyp #foryou ♬ The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia – Revived – Reba McEntire

And another:

@mendyperdew2022 Seriously though 🤦‍♀️ #spillthetea #tea #thetea #murdaughfamily #fyp ♬ The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia – Revived – Reba McEntire

Ok… one more.

@kamavu08 I’m ready for my jury instructions, Judge. #AlexMurdaugh #AlexMurdaughTrial #MurdaughTrial #Guilty #LawAndCrime ♬ The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia – Revived – Reba McEntire

In this case, Reba’s words rang true… ol’ Alex Murdaugh, who for some reason pronounces his name “Alec Murdock,” was found guilty and will be going away for the rest of his natural life… and then some.

This song is a classic murder ballot, and thank goodness Gen Z is exposed to Reba.


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A beer bottle on a dock