23 July 2021

Mimicking an accent can be unfunny, even offensive, but it doesn’t have the cultural baggage of blackface


A linguist caused uproar on British TV when he said copying accents promoted lazy stereotypes and flirted with racism. But, let’s face it, we all do it for banter – and most of us know where to draw the line.Recently, while in a barbershop in Ladbroke Grove, West London I picked up on some ‘bants’ between a customer and a member of staff concerning an unpaid debt. The customer, a young, agitated fellow, claimed he was unable to pay up as he’d been stiffed over his wages that week by his [...]