Xeni Jardin at 8:50 am Mon, Nov 26, 2012
Seems like a lot of trouble, actually taking a class, just to prank some kids.
I’m guessing he’s enrolled in college after finishing his army service and his college requires all students to take Speech 101.
I figured he’d end his presentation by crediting the class with helping him lose his “accent”.
He’s very good at the Mexican accent. Almost too good.
I posit that he does in fact have an American accent.
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.
In American English, we do have an accent that’s considered accentless.
For fun, I think you should go and make that assertion in a crowded English pub. Hilarity will certainly ensue.
It’s an accentless American accent. Not sure what part of that is hard to understand.
There is a cockney accent joke just waiting to get me banned….
You forget that on the internet, a white american lad is the type-specimen for homo sapiens. Everything else is a deviation.
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.
I also thought of Arastoo! I laughed my butt off when he tried to go back into the middle-eastern accent like he hadn’t just yelled with an American accent. Ha.
The web is like X-ray spectacles for (some) bigotry.
As someone who has taught Public Speaking I am very curious to know what his teacher thought about it.
Was there a point?
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.
Well some very sophisticated people are very hard to impress. Rubes like me think he rocks.
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”.
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.
Vay vould you not haff David Hasselhoff als your idol, vay would it be a gifaway?!?
Moar of lady in green plz.
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.
Where’d he go to school?
Why doesn’t he also affect a limp and a stutter?
Then he can be the Mexican Keyser Soze.
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