Date: Tue, 1 Feb 1994 06:00:27 -0600
From: mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU
Subject: Re: Stereotyping of Accent on Film/TV
On Mon, 31 Jan 1994, Charles F Juengling-2 wrote:
I was very interested to read of stereotyping of accent in American
film/TV. My children have over the past several years watched quite a few
cartoons. I, too, have noticed that the bad guys quite often have certain
dialects. I can't say, however, that I remember the Brits being picked on.
I've noticed that the bad guys most often have either a Mexican or New
York (probably to be identified with the Mafia) accent.
On TV westerns (and maybe movies) done since the sixties, bad guys have
upland southern accents, especially if the bad guys are young-punk types.
Did the reaction to the civil rights movement prompt a stregthening of
the stereotype of southern males as ignorant, insensitive neanderthals?
(My colleagues who teach comp mght say that such creatures exist, but
that the South has no monopoly on them).
"Gunsmoke" did this, and the most recent example I can recall is
"Paradise," starring Lee Horsely. (By the way, the female lead was a sort
of proto-feminist figure who talked like -- a Brit, and an r-less one at
Someone mentioned bad guys using non-upper class British accents, now I
can't find that posting. But I
wonder if there's some connection to familiarity with punkish Brit rock
groups with various regional/working class varieties.
The Stones, who(m) I like but who at their worst are pretty gross, are
just one example.