Fake Accents: Funny or Over the Line?

Fake Accents: Funny or Over the Line?

An incident at an Abilene Sonic raised the question, "How far is too far?" when it comes to mimicking accents.
Every person speaks with an accent that may sound odd, even funny, to someone else.

"Yeah Harry Potter is a big one from the children. Harry Potter. They love to hear the word 'Potter' apparently" explains Ireland born, British raised store owner, Carol Virgin. Carol was born in Dublin, Ireland, but grew up mainly in Cambridge, England. She has lived in Abilene for thirteen years now and recently bought The British Shoppe off of Buffalo Gap Road.

She says she does not mind when people try to imitate her accent. "I do have fun with it. I don't see any malice in it. I don't see any harm in it and it doesn't bother me at all."

Others, however, are not quite so carefree. A cell phone recording of an order was taken at an Abilene Sonic location and the patron did not appreciate the employee's fake Indian accent. The franchise owner said that the employee no longer works at the location due to this behavior.

Some say that people are easily offended in this day and age. "If you can outrage about one thing or another, then all of a sudden you get the microphone, you get the camera, you get the attention, so I think people have learned how to work that and play that certainly" says Dr. Don Frazier.

Dr. Frazier has spent most of his life in West Texas, but communicates with people from across the world and he proudly speaks with that West Texas twang.

"Well I don't take offense to it because it allows me to sneak up on them. They hear the accent and think well this guy must be slightly daft, but I have a PhD in history from Texas Christian University and several books under my belt."

Whether it originates in England, or right here in West Texas, or anywhere else for that matter, you may want to think twice before making a joke about a different accent.
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