TV Shows in the South

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    Oct 23, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    Why, for the love of God, does every new TV show filmed in the South still focus on the stereotypes? Exaggerated southern accents, "strange" fried foods that aren't considered normal, cowboy boots, cowboy hats, and farms?

    I saw the preview for Top Chef Texas. Padma Lakshmi is wearing a blue jean skirt and cowboy boots. They show a cow and a farm.

    The A-List Dallas has a cowboy and the rodeo.

    The Real Housewives of Atlanta had Phaedra exaggerating about being a southern belle.

    Hart of Dixie on the CW has her moving to Alabama where everybody has an exaggerated southern accent and still live in plantation style houses.

    The reason that I am ranting is because shows like Friends and Will and Grace have their characters as native New Yorkers, yet they have no accent. The stereotypes of New York aren't exaggerated at all.

    It is just ridiculous that in 2011 shows filmed in the south have to be an exaggeration of Gone with the Wind.
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    Oct 23, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    I love Suzanne Sugarbaker!
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    Oct 23, 2011 11:35 PM GMT
    Same reason why all TV shows in LA revolve around fame/money/celebrities.. to grab viewers' attention and to sell/market the hype. It's funny when transplants from other states move here and come to the realization that LA is just as normal/boring as the city they came from. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 24, 2011 12:36 AM GMT
    True. And the same can be said about New Jersey. Yet, the stereotypes and the native New Yorker accents are absent when it comes to shows based in New York.
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    Oct 24, 2011 12:38 AM GMT
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    Oct 24, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    That's because no one who lives in Manhattan is from Manhattan therefore the lack of an accent. Again another stereotype/joke/bit of irony.
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    Oct 24, 2011 12:43 AM GMT
    Iceblink saidI love Suzanne Sugarbaker!
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    Oct 24, 2011 12:51 AM GMT
    Balljunkie saidTrue. And the same can be said about New Jersey. Yet, the stereotypes and the native New Yorker accents are absent when it comes to shows based in New York.



    But many of the characters of New York City based shows were supposed to have resettled from somewhere else. For example, both Will and Grace were transplants to the city. Going to the city to make it is a fairly common theme of stories set in New York.
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    Oct 24, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    I'm born and bred in New Orleans and according to others I sound more like I grew up in manhattan. also, the popeyes chicken lady has the WORST southern Louisiana accent EVER. I hate when people perpetuate the stereotypes of new Orleans. I had someone tell me they hated it because the "whole city" smelled like urine. Well, that just means they never left bourbon street the ignorant trogs.
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    Oct 24, 2011 1:07 AM GMT
    Balljunkie saidTrue. And the same can be said about New Jersey. Yet, the stereotypes and the native New Yorker accents are absent when it comes to shows based in New York.


    The Nanny seems to be an exception. Of course, only Fran, her family, and her best friend have accents typical of the city. Heaven forbid should Mr. Sheffield's kids have New York accents despite being natives of NYC!
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    Oct 24, 2011 1:09 AM GMT
    Can't we just go back to Designing Women instead?
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    Oct 24, 2011 1:10 AM GMT
    xrichx saidSame reason why all TV shows in LA revolve around fame/money/celebrities.. to grab viewers' attention and to sell/market the hype. It's funny when transplants from other states move here and come to the realization that LA is just as normal/boring as the city they came from. icon_lol.gif


    LA is far more dirty than a normal city man icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 24, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    Balljunkie saidWhy, for the love of God, does every new TV show filmed in the South still focus on the stereotypes? Exaggerated southern accents, "strange" fried foods that aren't considered normal, cowboy boots, cowboy hats, and farms?

    I saw the preview for Top Chef Texas. Padma Lakshmi is wearing a blue jean skirt and cowboy boots. They show a cow and a farm.

    The A-List Dallas has a cowboy and the rodeo.

    The Real Housewives of Atlanta had Phaedra exaggerating about being a southern belle.

    Hart of Dixie on the CW has her moving to Alabama where everybody has an exaggerated southern accent and still live in plantation style houses.

    The reason that I am ranting is because shows like Friends and Will and Grace have their characters as native New Yorkers, yet they have no accent. The stereotypes of New York aren't exaggerated at all.

    It is just ridiculous that in 2011 shows filmed in the south have to be an exaggeration of Gone with the Wind.


    tbf, people in Texas do dress in cowboy boots and hats AND RHOA is a pretty accurate portrayal of rich(ish) black folks in Atlanta
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    Oct 24, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
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    Oct 24, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    Iceblink said
    Balljunkie saidTrue. And the same can be said about New Jersey. Yet, the stereotypes and the native New Yorker accents are absent when it comes to shows based in New York.



    But many of the characters of New York City based shows were supposed to have resettled from somewhere else. For example, both Will and Grace were transplants to the city. Going to the city to make it is a fairly common theme of stories set in New York.


    Grace was from Schenectady, New York.
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    Oct 24, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
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    Iceblink said
    Balljunkie saidTrue. And the same can be said about New Jersey. Yet, the stereotypes and the native New Yorker accents are absent when it comes to shows based in New York.



    But many of the characters of New York City based shows were supposed to have resettled from somewhere else. For example, both Will and Grace were transplants to the city. Going to the city to make it is a fairly common theme of stories set in New York.


    Grace was from Schenectady, New York.



    Schenectady is long way from the city. Within the city, native accents vary just from borough to borough.
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    Oct 24, 2011 1:56 AM GMT
    pocketnico said
    Balljunkie saidTrue. And the same can be said about New Jersey. Yet, the stereotypes and the native New Yorker accents are absent when it comes to shows based in New York.


    The Nanny seems to be an exception. Of course, only Fran, her family, and her best friend have accents typical of the city. Heaven forbid should Mr. Sheffield's kids have New York accents despite being natives of NYC!


    His kids were well educated with a British father - it is entirely possible they had little accent. My dad grew up in Manhattan and didn't really have an accent (private school, privileged upbringing) while my mom also grew up in Manhattan, but with a working class upbringing and she had a heavy accent (though nothing like Fran Drescher's Lawn Guyland accent).
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    Oct 24, 2011 2:10 AM GMT
    Actually, the stereotypical New Yorkers DO have strong accents... its the ones that move in from OUTSIDE that dont/..


    Honestly, if they dont have the strong accent, something would be missing for me.... it d be like all the characters were from california and its all fake.. accents are what make it authentic
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    Oct 24, 2011 2:11 AM GMT
    waccamatt said
    pocketnico said
    Balljunkie saidTrue. And the same can be said about New Jersey. Yet, the stereotypes and the native New Yorker accents are absent when it comes to shows based in New York.


    The Nanny seems to be an exception. Of course, only Fran, her family, and her best friend have accents typical of the city. Heaven forbid should Mr. Sheffield's kids have New York accents despite being natives of NYC!


    His kids were well educated with a British father - it is entirely possible they had little accent. My dad grew up in Manhattan and didn't really have an accent (private school, privileged upbringing) while my mom also grew up in Manhattan, but with a working class upbringing and she had a heavy accent (though nothing like Fran Drescher's Lawn Guyland accent).


    but accents in the area vary!

    thats whats so cool about the Northeast icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 24, 2011 2:15 AM GMT
    GreenHopper said
    waccamatt said
    pocketnico said
    Balljunkie saidTrue. And the same can be said about New Jersey. Yet, the stereotypes and the native New Yorker accents are absent when it comes to shows based in New York.


    The Nanny seems to be an exception. Of course, only Fran, her family, and her best friend have accents typical of the city. Heaven forbid should Mr. Sheffield's kids have New York accents despite being natives of NYC!


    His kids were well educated with a British father - it is entirely possible they had little accent. My dad grew up in Manhattan and didn't really have an accent (private school, privileged upbringing) while my mom also grew up in Manhattan, but with a working class upbringing and she had a heavy accent (though nothing like Fran Drescher's Lawn Guyland accent).


    but accents in the area vary!

    thats whats so cool about the Northeast icon_smile.gif


    Even here in the south where I live, accents vary from one part of the Columbia area to another.
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    Oct 24, 2011 2:16 AM GMT
    Well, you're from Texas. You're telling me you don't see people wearing boots and cowboy hats?

    I'm from Nashville. The only reason I'm not ranting about the stereotypes is because the stereotype is often true enough to be portrayed as it is in the media. I grew up across the river from Kentucky. The accent there was so thick it might as well have been another language.
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    Oct 24, 2011 2:19 AM GMT
    I love the Jeff Foxworthy gang.

    "THATSAFUNNYJOKERIGHTTHEREIDONTCAREWHOYAAREGITRDUNNNN."
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    Oct 24, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    Global_Citizen saidWell, you're from Texas. You're telling me you don't see people wearing boots and cowboy hats?

    I'm from Nashville. The only reason I'm not ranting about the stereotypes is because the stereotype is often true enough to be portrayed as it is in the media. I grew up across the river from Kentucky. The accent there was so thick it might as well have been another language.


    I have lived in Austin for two years. I haven't seen any cowboys yet, or seen the Texas stereotype.

    I should head to Dallas to do my research.
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    Oct 24, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
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    Balljunkie said
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    Balljunkie saidTrue. And the same can be said about New Jersey. Yet, the stereotypes and the native New Yorker accents are absent when it comes to shows based in New York.



    But many of the characters of New York City based shows were supposed to have resettled from somewhere else. For example, both Will and Grace were transplants to the city. Going to the city to make it is a fairly common theme of stories set in New York.


    Grace was from Schenectady, New York.



    Schenectady is long way from the city. Within the city, native accents vary just from borough to borough.


    True.