Monthly Archives: April 2012

Margaret Cho – I’m the One I Want

In this  excerpt, Cho  talks about race and language: being asked  to speak to viewers “in your native language,” being treated like a visiting exchange student, and being the only White person around a bunch of Asians. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc6mLwOa2Ig This is … Continue reading

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Perfect English in I Love Lucy

In this clip from I Love Lucy, Lucy is intent on teaching her future child to speak “perfect English”, and she criticizes her husband Ricky Ricardo’s English pronunciation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjadbW2ZARg&feature=related [UPDATE 1/23/2016: The clip originally linked to is not available, but see two … Continue reading

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Jimmy Kimmel outsources Herman Cain jokes to an Indian call center

Jimmy Kimmel outsources Herman Cain jokes to an Indian call center. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9BzlfI6Mj8. This is a good clip to show with Deborah Cameron’s (2000) piece on call centers. [UPDATE 1/23/2016: The clip originally linked to is not available, but see “Jimmy Kimmel … Continue reading

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The Mexican movie trailer

In the trailer for the movie The Mexican, Brad Pitt says “el trucko” “towno” and “muy muy important.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apCvmjRDAMw [UPDATE 1/23/2016: The URL originally linked to is not working. Try the version below.]

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Obama sings Al Green

President Obama sings in a nod to Al Green during a speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6uHR90Sq6k

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Rob Gronkowski “Yo soy fiesta”

In this interview for ESPN Deportes, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attempts to speak some Spanish and ends the interview by saying, “Yo soy fiesta” (I am party). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0jne_g5IO4 Two Sports Hub radio announcers created this youtube party anthem inspired … Continue reading

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Mock Spanish in Terminator 2

In this clip, John Connor gives the T-800 a lesson in Mock Spanish: “no problemo,” “hasta la vista,” “dickwad” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNo4yehpezc Here the Terminator uses the Mock Spanish he learned at the end of the movie. Note the use of “adios” vs “goodbye”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsTzX2-4Kmw … Continue reading

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2010 Colbert Report on creating fear through images

On the subject of constructing Latin American immigrants as inherintly “illegal,” here is a great clip from a 2010 Colbert Report show– http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/361456/october-07-2010/indecision-2010—revenge-of-the-fallen—fearstock-com If the link doesn’t work or load, people can find it by searching for “Colbert fearstock.com“.

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NY Times Drops “Illegals,” As Fox Continues To Cling To Slur

This December 2011 Media Matters article reports on controversy over use of the word “illegals” by former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller. The article disusses the word’s connotations, alternative terms, and media standards for terminology to use in … Continue reading

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The Associated Press Updates Its Stylebook, Still Clings to I-Word

This article reports on the Associated Press controversy regarding term “illegal immigrant” in news reporting. AP deputy standards editor David Minthorn is quoted as saying, “Alternatives like undocumented worker, illegal alien or illegals lack precision or may have negative connotations. Illegal immigrant, on the … Continue reading

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