Quick thought

Img_fr This is the image captured off Yahoo’s front page. Having just returned from Paris, it just struck me that never once did I see anyone look like that stereotypical sketch. Without getting into complex discussion, it’s interesting to note however, how easy it is to caricature the stereotypical details of a culture in a cartoon form that communicates the nationality at a glance. If we had any doubts, the Eiffel Tower is in the background πŸ™‚ as an added symbol.

I know there’s more to this, but I don’t know what or don’t have the language or concepts to articulate it. What say you?

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5 Responses to Quick thought

  1. One of (many) things I enjoyed about Munich was the way new settings were established, through visual cues that were either iconic or stereotypical, depending on your point of view. Some reviewers took issue with that approach, but I think it was just part of the anti-Munich pile-on that was going on from the left and the right and the media and so on.
    Kids in the Hall did a nice parody of the reductiveness of stereotypes in The Accent Class
    http://www.kithfan.org/work/transcripts/three/accent.html

  2. Niti Bhan says:

    thanks! while I haven’t seen the movie, sometimes the obvious has a function as well, in coalescing concepts that aren’t central but still essential.
    and thnks for the link πŸ™‚ I like the KITH

  3. niblettes says:

    This reminds me of the “Rude French” trope that along with “bad airplane food” has become the stuff of standup comedy cliche. For the record, I have never interacted with anyone in either France or Quebec that wasn’t as helpful and gracious as possible given my crippled skills with thier language.
    A stereotype is one thing. Slander is another matter all together.
    ok, I’m done now.

  4. Niti Bhan says:

    Oh Yes, like Apu at the 7/11 on Simpsons…

  5. Or, Tony Soprano…

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