Friday, January 27, 2023

Play

A critical number of rural IA nursing homes close; TX lawmakers consider measures to restrict, and expand voting in 2023 Session; and CT groups, and unions call for public-health reforms.

Play

Attorney General announces enforcement actions on ransomware, Democrats discuss border policies, and the FDA is relaxing rules for gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

Play

"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

Accent Bias Remains Prevalent in Pop Culture

Play

Wednesday, October 19, 2022   

As television and film have become diverse, there are still some areas people feel are not being addressed.

Accent bias is one of them.

Saadia Khan, human rights activist and host of the podcast Immigrantly, grew up in Pakistan and found people belonging to certain socio-economic groups looked at how a person speaks English as a way to separate them from the masses. In the U.S., she observed it is still true.

Khan sees accent bias has permeated pop-culture, with certain accents giving a first impression of who a person might be. One thing she noted is how a hierarchy of accents developed, and the connotation of British accents.

"Pick any TV show, and you'll see anybody who has a British accent is automatically considered more intelligent, dynamic, worldly of conversation, and smart in many ways," Khan pointed out.

She added people without a British or French accent, on certain television shows, might seem backward or unintelligent. One show she cited is "Loot" on Apple TV, particularly the character of Jean-Pierre, played by Olivier Martinez.

According to a survey by the language tutor service Preply, British and French accents ranked as the No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, among both men and women as the most attractive accents.

According to a University of California-Los Angeles report, people of color accounted for almost 39% of leads in the top films of 2021. However, it is still disproportionate with how many people of color make up a portion of the U.S. population, which is 42.7%.

Khan believes breaking accent bias would be challenging, since it forces people to unlearn certain beliefs.

"Humans are conditioned to believe in certain things, and we can unlearn a lot of that conditioning, accent bias being one," Khan contended. "I think the more we hear people with different accents the more normalized it gets."

Khan added while there are more people from diverse backgrounds appearing in different forms of media, there are not enough of them who are not native English speakers. She would like to see more characters in pop culture and people in different lines of work who have accents, but are not subject to inherent cultural interpretations.

Disclosure: YES! Media contributes to our fund for reporting on Human Rights/Racial Justice, Native American Issues, and Social Justice. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
According to the Brennan Center for Justice, pretrial detainees make up more than 70% of the U.S. jail population - about 536,000 people - and many are there only because they cannot afford bail. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

New data show in California, 2021-22 state testing scores are even lower than the state's historically low testing scores. (Rawpixel/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Many of California's 13.5 million children and teens have not bounced back after the pandemic, especially children of color, according to the just-…


Social Issues

Americans continue to report low trust in mainstream media, with many younger than 30 saying they trust information from social media nearly as much …

Social Issues

A Minnesota House committee heard testimony Thursday about the governor's proposed spending plan for education. As these talks unfold, public polling …


From February 2020 to November 2021, the number of workers in nursing homes and other care facilities dropped by 410,000 nationally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

Health-care professionals say low pay and a worker shortage have led a dramatic number of nursing homes in rural Iowa to close their doors. They hope …

Health and Wellness

Health-care professionals and advocates in Connecticut have said it will take sweeping reforms to bolster the state's flailing public health system…

In a national survey, Michigan was ranked 27th among the 50 states for its cost, access and quality of long-term care supports and services. California was ranked first. (Flickr)

Social Issues

In her fifth State of the State address this week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer emphasized policies designed to put more money in Michiganders' pockets…

Social Issues

By nearly every measure, voter fraud in U.S. elections is rare, but that isn't stopping the Texas Legislature from considering dozens of bills this …

Social Issues

A Republican-sponsored bill in the Arkansas Legislature would make it illegal to circulate petitions at or near polling places during elections…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021