Category Archives: Humor

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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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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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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Sotomayor “You have lots of splainin to do”

“You have lots of ‘splaining to do”…  Senator Tom Corburn (R-Oklahoma) interrupted Supreme Court candidate Sonia Sotomayor’s explanation about gun laws with this phrase, which echoes what Ricky Ricardo used to say to Lucy on the television show “I Love Lucy” … Continue reading

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Politicians’ remarks about Hispanic voters and chimichangas

From Taco- to Chimichanga-Gate * “Insensitive Remarks Know No Party” by Kathleen McKinley,Houston Chronicle (February 18, 2012) http://blog.chron.com/texassparkle/2012/02/insensitive-remarks-knows-no-party/ * “The chimichanga wars” By Dana Milbank,Washington Post (February 17, 2012) http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-chimichanga-wars/2012/02/17/gIQAFEBrJR_story.html * “Friday Talking Points — Milbank’s Unfunny Puns” By Chris … Continue reading

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Spanish at the Golden Globes

In this clip from the 2012 Golden Globes, the TV series Modern Family is presented with an award, and the legitimacy of Spanish and intelligibility of Spanish speaking actors is negotiated.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b6HG9KTtnQ These are the key moments to look for: … Continue reading

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Deixis

“My Mom’s Name is Jean?”: Discussion of deixis- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmN1UsoZRkg Suriya’s Aircel Ads (first two only): silly lead-in to deixis- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBK3ZcGrYHU&feature=autoplay&list=PL0A2BFF294A1ACC18&lf=plpp_video&playnext=1

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Why do I need subtitles?

“Why do I need subtitles”: Politics of translation- This comic sketch comments on how people judge linguistic comprehensibility based on the appearance of the person speaking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN666q3ptAU

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Markedness and racism

Kumail Nanjiani – “Racists”: Discussion of markedness- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVBXn-owyAE&feature=bf_prev&list=PLC41A1610BAFF90CE&lf=mh_lolz

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