SNL and Stereotypes

The quality of Saturday Night Live has always been cyclical, and in general I think it is fairly high lately. Last night they had a skit that really bugged me, though, the “Appalachian ER” one. I’ve long noticed that if an anonymous character on SNL has a southern accent they will be a moron. I’m not talking about the impressions of public figures, but of made up characters. That’s just how it goes there, I suppose. Have a character with a southern drawl walk into a doorway because they are so droolingly idiotic that they can’t navigate around furniture and you have instant comedy. There was that horrible recurring skit where Chris Kattan and I forget which actress played the southern couple that would scream at each other, make up and get amorous in public and then get mad and do it all over again. No jokes, nothing funny, just southerners acting like buffoons – as if that’s all that’s needed. Add a mullet wig to the guys, put everyone in sleeveless t-shirts and the damn thing writes itself! In the last decade, I’ve spent more time in the south than not, and I don’t know that I’ve seen more than a handful of mullet haircuts. Don’t let that get in the way of the automatic comedy though.

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  1. I agree wholeheartedly, sir. It is a sad state of affairs when you have to wait around for an intelligent character in any sort of entertainment to have a southern accent. I guess it is a natural outcome of the fact that SNL is taped in New York that southerners are portrayed as buffoons.Similiarly, ESPN droolsonthe Yanks because they are the “hometown” team to them. Every mullet haircut I have seen in recent years came from someone from New Jersey.

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