Religion

John Oliver interviews the Dalai Lama

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“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver interviewed the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace laureate and Tibet’s spiritual and political exiled leader. With a hint of investigative journalism, Oliver used his gift of humor to engage the Dalai Lama in broad discussions from conflicts with the Chinese Government to claims that drinking horse milk will cure alcoholism. The interview demonstrated a self-reflective Dalai Lama laughing at labels from the Chinese Government. This televised comedy show provoked the Chinese government so much that they proclaimed the interview to be politically motivated and propaganda for an anti-China separatist movement.

Posted by Mary Jo Frazier on October 2, 2017

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Performativity;
Power;
Globalization;
Politics and Policy;
Religion

The New York Jewish Accent

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The idea of the Jewish-American accent highlights the ways in which language associates with a specific group of people and can sometimes be used as a way to stereotype a group of people. Generally, the Jewish accent is tied with the Brooklyn/New York accent, as the boroughs of New York are a big place for Jewish populations. Especially in mainstream media, like “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” have perpetuated the idea of the New Yorker Jew. The idea of code-switching and mixing languages is also prominent in the accent, as Jewish people are more likely to use Yiddish words in their everyday language. In the first media, Larry David amps up his Jewish slang and emphasizes his accent/Yiddish knowledge even more to make the other man know that he is Jewish. In the second video about Bernie Sanders, his accent is in part tied to his Judaism, as well as his hometown. Certain words and phrases, along with the accent, are sometimes tied almost to a learned part of language in Jewish families, especially in more religious households. (For another video of interest, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waeXBCUkuL8 [from 3:06])

Spoof on Utah speech community

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this is a spoof on the Utah speech community on how they speck and what they name their kids. If you listen to how are speaking its meat to mimic or mock the way the stereotyped Utah girl speaks.

Posted by Erin Patterson on July 27, 2016

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whiteness;
Religion

Family Guy Stereotypes

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This video is a combination of stereotypes that have aired on family guy over the years. Many of these stereotypes have to do with race and language in society today.

"I'm sorry, Pope Francis, this America and we speak English!"

Discussion of Pope Franics's use of language prior to his visit to the United States. The Pope chose to use Spanish for the majority of his visit, which some say was his taking on a political stance on the US policy on immigration and an 'English only' country. [Published on 09-18-2015]

Posted by Jasmine E. Thompson on March 7, 2016

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Ideology;
Spanish;
Politics and Policy;
Religion

NPR: New Testament translated into Gullah

A 2006 NPR story on the translation of the New Testament into Gullah.

Posted on September 27, 2012

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Gullah;
Religion

Landover Baptist Children's Hospital Homosexual Reparative Ward

Spoof of homosexual lisping corrective surgery.

Hawaiian Pidgin Preaching

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Short example of a woman preaching in Hawaiian pidgin English.

Posted on August 28, 2012

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Hawaiian Pidgin;
Religion