Do not be overheard saying anything about race, ethnicity, regionalism, or in any sort of a phony accent.
I don’t know how I missed it, but it was from early September:
An acclaimed British conductor has been fired from a prestigious American music festival after a seemingly innocent joke he made to a black friend was labelled racist.
Matthew Halls was removed as artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival following an incident in which he imitated a southern American accent while talking to his longstanding friend, the African-American classical singer Reginald Mobley.
It is understood a white woman who overheard the joke reported it to officials at the University of Oregon, which runs the festival, claiming it amounted to a racial slur.
(This same woman called local TV about a cartoon rooster saying “boy” in an exaggerated southern drawl…and reruns of the Merv Griffin Show featuring Jose Jimenez.)
The two men were having a conversation and the Brit put on an accent and asked about grits. His friend from the deep south is just as likely to put on a false British accent. The friend wasn’t offended, but defends him.
Apparently pretending to have a regional accent is now a reason to fire someone. Or not.
And just in case you’re not offended by pretend accents, one of the funniest acts of the 1960’s…which would get you fired if done today (and overheard by a SJW.)
“Is this called a crash helmet?” — Very funny.