Guy fakes "Mexican" accent to classmates as prank, then reveals shocking lack of accent

Jose Barrientos, an Army vet and internet funny-guy based in Southern California, pulled a social experiment prank on his Speech 101 classmates. For one astute student, the David Hasselhof puppy poster was the tell. Video Link. (thanks, Joe Sabia!)


    1. I’m guessing he’s enrolled in college after finishing his army service and his college requires all students to take Speech 101.  

    1. No, no! Xeni assures us he has a “shocking lack of accent”. Any American accent you can hear is merely your unpatriotic ears deceiving you.

        1. For fun, I think you should go and make that assertion in a crowded English pub. Hilarity will certainly ensue.

    2.  You forget that on the internet, a white american lad is the type-specimen for homo sapiens. Everything else is a deviation.

  1. Reminds me of the character Arastoo Vaziri in “Bones,” who had a Middle-eastern accent for several seasons, only to reveal that he’d been faking it so that people wouldn’t find it odd that he was a devout Muslim. It was a bit of a weird premise, but a nice fake-out.

      1. Weak trolling, if anything.
        This is more like the blase feeling I would get watching the theater majors preen for attention during lunchtime.  As a prank, its only mildly amusing, esp given the time that went into it.In the end I’m left with that this guy is one 1000s of people who can fake an accent.  He just bothered with if for a longer period of time to gather some nonplussed responses on his phone camera.  /yawn”Hey I faked a Mexican accent for a few months”  Pro level?  Hardly.

  2. Well played, sir.

    But… he spent 4 months without actually making any friends — and the one he made was still dupped. Now I understand why people call Facebook “social”.

  3. I watched the whole thing waiting for the point of all of it.. some kind of cultural tolerance message, or something?.. but.. nothing. Just trollin for 4 months. Love it.

  4. I used to do a similar troll, but it was actually more of a jerkish reflex.

    People will occasionally speak very slowly and loudly to me (I’m Asian) before I’ve so much as opened my mouth. Every now and then I’ll play along for a while then switch back to my Australian-accented English. The thing is, often when I don’t play along, someone will say ‘You speak good English for an Asian’ or some like phrase.

    You might think, ‘hilarious!’ but really, when someone’s first reaction is to stereotype you, you see the impact everywhere from your career to who will stand next to you on the train.

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