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Monthly Archives: April 2012
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
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
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
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.]
President Obama sings in a nod to Al Green during a speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6uHR90Sq6k
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
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
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“.
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
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