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Chileans Making Fun of the Gringo Accent on National TV

A fellow gringa blogger in Santiago posted about this today on her blog and I felt pretty similar, so instead of writing the same things as her, I’ll just post the video and you can go check out what she had to say over on her blog.

Pay attention to parts:



Would this ever happen in the U.S.? Do you think it is completely culturally insensitive and inappropriate for Chileans to be making fun of gringo accents on national news?

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February 15, 2011 - 11:20 pm

Angie - maybe I can’t have an opinion yet because I’m not living there.. but I don’t get so upset about things like this. I figure everyone has made jokes like that from time to time.

I’m not even close to bilingual and know that I have a gringo accent, but in school, I’ve actually made fun of friends for speaking spanish with such a terrible gringo accent. As long as it’s not meant to put someone down, I think these sorts of jokes can be harmless. I mean, I’ve joked a little in my past about people with foreign accents trying to speak english, and meant nothing cruel by it at all. It’s sort of cute and funny.

Of course, I reserve the right to change my opinion.

February 15, 2011 - 11:35 pm

Eileen - Well, as you know (hey! that’s from my blog :) ), I am not offended personally, I just think it’s part of a larger cultural difference of it being more acceptable by Chileans to make fun of people in public (who knows what kinds of things anyone says behind closed doors) than it is where I’m from, or in the circles in which I run. I mean, this is a national news program! The worst part (which I wrote about in an earlier blog post) is when they don’t make fun of you to your face, but everyone starts speaking in a fake gringo accent right in front of you. Angie, you’ll have to report back on whether or not that gets your goat! And for what it’s worth, my accent is fairly mild, but that’s not the point!

February 15, 2011 - 11:35 pm

LanaRenee - I agree with you Angie, I’ve joked a ton about that too.. but would you do it on National Television or do you think it would happen in the U.S.?

February 15, 2011 - 11:40 pm

LanaRenee - Eileen.. your Spanish is PERFECT!! Pablo couldn’t even hear your accent! And yes.. a big thing in Chile, culturally, is not saying things to people’s faces but there is tons of behind the back gossip… a whole other issue. It also seems like it is more acceptable to make fun of people, but not offer constructive criticism straight forward.

February 16, 2011 - 1:06 am

Angie - Lana- it definitely wouldn’t happen in the US. Definitely not what Americans might call “PC” and the TV hosts would be labeled “racist” likely by the US media, which makes the role reversal all the more interesting for discussion.

February 16, 2011 - 2:14 am

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February 16, 2011 - 11:08 am

Paula - Hey? qué tal el acento de Apu en los Simpsons, o Kutrapali en The Big Bang Theory? no se usa como elemento humorístico el acento de latinos o indios hablando inglés en los shows gringos? y los humoristas que imitan el acento de los negros o de los tejanos y hacen mucho reir al público?

Una cosa es que suene gracioso, y otra es burlarse directamente de otras etnias, razas o países.

Me parece que la nota no es ofensiva, no habla mal de nadie, no deja en ridículo a nadie; viéndola en contexto, es un periodista en una nota callejera conduciendo un carrito y diciendo miren, puedo manejar sin manos! o sea, es un tono de juego.

En otros ámbitos los chilenos somos prejuiciosos, clasistas, racistas y muchas otras cosas que no me gustan ni comparto. Pero en este video, creo que nadie sale mal parado.

Saludos Lana! ya te extrañamos!

February 16, 2011 - 2:48 pm

spidersworkshop - I agree completely with Paula. Also, I believe the TV program this comes from is a morning chat program, which is meant to entertain and be “light”, not strictly news.

February 16, 2011 - 2:58 pm

spidersworkshop - Sorry, I forgot to add – I have never had anyone make fun of my accent. People are usually friendly and pleased that I have learned their language. Maybe it’s because I am in the “regiones”.

I used to get more jokes when I had a US accent in the UK, then an English accent going back to the US. Not to mention all the mixed up words.

February 16, 2011 - 4:49 pm

LanaRenee - So it does happen on National TV in the US.. with the examples Paula mentioned, but I doubt a newscaster would ever attempt something like that. I think it is the idea of what is politically correct and comedians and sitcoms are the outlet to break political correctness, where as real people (newscasters), not comedians putting on a show or actors, can not without ridicule.

Good points.. good points..

Also, I was not offended.. but I am thinking people could/would be that’s why I asked if it might be culturally insensitive if it offends people of that culture. I know the shows in the US are very culturally insensitive and I like it that way.

February 25, 2011 - 11:48 pm

Ralph - “Would this ever happen in the U.S.? Do you think it is completely culturally insensitive and inappropriate for Chileans to be making fun of gringo accents on national news?”

Are you kidding me? That happens every day in the US.

Ustedes incluso tienen humoristas que se dedican a eso como Russell Peters, programas de TV nacional, y un largo etc. Ustedes lo han hecho siempre con los demás, pero si algo les ofende a ustedes inmediatamente hacen escándalo.

February 26, 2011 - 1:36 pm

LanaRenee - Gracias por tu input!!

Estoy de acuero. No siento ofendida para nada.. yyy estoy de acuerdo que pasa en el EEUU.

February 26, 2011 - 10:32 pm

Sara - It actually offends me quite a lot. I’m not going to lie. I hate this stuff. I think making fun of people’s language, accent, culture, whatever is petty. It’s playground behavior and I thought we were beyond that. And I frankly don’t find it amusing on the Big Bang Theory either or That 70s Show because I’ve been in that place and it sucks. So, yeh, I thought it was stupid and insensitive.

March 8, 2011 - 6:21 pm

futurofreak - Por favooor, justo el otro día veía el show de Jimmy Kimmel y aparecía el personaje de “Gerardo” que se burla del acento mexicano, así que no nos pongamos graves por tonteras. Es parte de las cosas que surgen en el humor y nada más. Relax!

March 8, 2011 - 6:25 pm

futurofreak - “And yes.. a big thing in Chile, culturally, is not saying things to people’s faces but there is tons of behind the back gossip… a whole other issue.”
100% verdad. Es más, ya estoy pensando cosas desagradables sobre todos los que visitan este blog en este momento! jajjajajaXD

July 15, 2011 - 4:14 pm

Alfred - Well I feel like I need to throw my two cents, how many movies, TV shows, News and whatever you can think of in regards to Spanish communities, with humorist focus on accents and life styles specially on Mexicans, always showing them in a ¨lower¨ type of society class, or crossing the border, criminals, and much more…and you are annoyed by a silly TV show??? Come on…always look at both sides of the token…

July 15, 2011 - 4:16 pm

LanaRenee - Did I say I was annoyed? I never said I was “against” it

July 17, 2011 - 12:22 pm

spidersworkshop - No, you did not say you were annoyed, however you did say you felt “pretty similar” to the original blog. And she was annoyed.

Why I Love Chile

I’ve been living in Chile for 6 months now. It’s a big change moving from The U.S. to Chile and I’ve written about some things that have stood out to me. These happen to be the more negative events and aspects only because when I decided to move to Chile, I already knew about most of the good things; the reasons I moved there. I’ve talked about my frustrations and my joys and yet my frustrations have been more prominent. Since lots of the good things didn’t shock me they’ve escaped my blog, but I want to address them now.

We all know one of my main reasons for moving here was my Chilean boyfriend, but lets forget about him for a second. I lived in France the summer after I graduated high school. Then I studied abroad my second year of college. If I hadn’t met Pablo and moved to Chile, I would most likely be living and working or volunteering abroad anyways, whether it be in Chile, South Africa, Thailand, or Germany. I have the travel bug and love to experience new things. Living in Chile has provided me with experiences and opportunities I could never find in the U.S.

First of all, I love Chile because I am able to start up my photography business here. California is saturated with competition and high living prices. In Santiago, I get to relax and focus on my photography, gaining experience, without worrying about not affording my groceries. I love not feeling lost in a huge ocean of competitors and am happy to be able to take advantage of Santiago’s personal feel.

The second reason I love Chile is because of Santiago. I’ve never lived in the heart of a city before and I have always wanted to. I feel like Santiago is a just the right size. From my house I can bike pretty much anywhere I want to go. My neighborhood is beautiful, with tree-lined side walks, bike paths, flowers. I do feel like I fit in even though sometimes I obviously don’t. I feel comfortable in the city and I feel safe.

Pretty little city!

Next, I love Chile because of the culture. I like that I don’t feel stressed and can do things at a slower pace. Dinner is late, which, when I’m hungry and tired, is kind of annoying, but I also like that things are relaxed and not rushed. I come back to the U.S. and bite my fingernails down to the skin within the first day just because everything is so much more stressful and fast paced. If you know me, you know I’m a pretty impatient person and do rush a lot, but I really appreciate living in a country that is teaching me to relax and remember what is actually important… instead of getting wrapped up in T.V., shopping, school, and work in the U.S.

If you haven’t already, check out my blog posts about fruit and veggies in Chile HERE and HERE I’ve probably wrote about it twice already because it was a shock to me. Something I didn’t think about before moving here. Love it!

I’m not really the “super long blog post” type of person.. so I’ll cut this one here. But I promise to write more about what is great about living in Chile. Stay tuned!

Also.. if you are a reader that doesn’t already live here, and have questions.. please ask in a comment.. I’d love to answer questions and I’m bad at guessing what people might want to hear.

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February 14, 2011 - 12:47 am

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February 14, 2011 - 1:20 am

Vicky Gehlhaus - Lana you have made me cry, this is why I love my Country so much you nail it friend.
You are so right about everything that you said, I can’t wait to move back. I move from Chile in 1967. right into New York, from there Minneapolis, and now Florida, Boca Raton
my husband wants to retired there, he has retired, now is a matter of time……
I love what you posted, thank you so much..
Happy Valentines day…….
Keep posting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 14, 2011 - 1:28 am

Angie - I love this post. I love your positivity and your reasons for why you love your new country of residence.. I look forward to all your upcoming posts!

February 14, 2011 - 2:49 am

Glocal Girl - This was a great post Lana, may have to do one similar on “Why I Love Amsterdam”. I’ve never been to Chile but your vivid descriptions make it top the Must Visit Someday List….

Big hug from Ams…. oh and happy valentines day!!

February 14, 2011 - 8:50 am

Abby - These are a lot of the reasons I love it too! Love the picture with your doggies…but I must ask…is your dog wearing boxers?

February 14, 2011 - 9:19 am

Rob W. - It’s great hearing positive messages from an expat about living in Chile.
(P.S.) You need a retweet button or something on your blog.

February 14, 2011 - 4:59 pm

LanaRenee - Yes he is.. you must have missed the caption… haha

February 15, 2011 - 1:40 am

LanaRenee - Thank! It’s done! Good idea!

April 4, 2011 - 6:30 am

AmandaJasmine - I’m so happy to have just stumbled upon your blog! I’m moving to Chile at the end of May for six months and have been hoping to find something like this.
Funnily enough I’m a photographer and have a Chilean Pololo too…I think I’ll be treating my time in Santiago as a break from serious photography however – as I’ve just photographed a full wedding season here in New Zealand. Anyway. I look forward to reading!!! Thanks for posting! :)

January 3, 2012 - 1:01 am

Christine - Dear Lana
I am enjoying reading your blog. I was adopted from Chile in the 1970s and will be returning for the first time this Feb/March ( It would be wonderful to speak with you further about the country and your experiences. We are working on planning for our time there and hoping to connect with Chileans or expats living there.

Very warmly,

Freshly Pressed Guests

I woke up this morning to see tons of hits from WordPress. I’m Freshly Pressed!Well.. my post on dogs is, which is one of my favorite posts!

I wanted to welcome all the visitors that are coming over from that link. Please stick around, come back soon, and enjoy the photos.

If you are interested in my wedding photography.. don’t hesitate to contact me, I travel. Right now I’m actually in Hawaii but I live in Chile and I want to go EVERYWHERE!



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