AbstractsPolitical Science

No Subtlety Allowed! Portraying Stereotypes - South Park Style!

by Nikolaj Gedionsen

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: South Park; stereotypes; mr. hankey; stylization; humor theory; incongruity; political correctness; matt stone; trey parker; native americans; redskins; indians
Record ID: 1119088
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/17919


In this project theories about humor, stylization and stereotypes will be used. These theories will be used in order to unpack how stereotypes are used in the humor and language of the South Park episode Red Man’s Greed. Furthermore there will be examples of the stereotypes that are used in the episode and how the roles of the Native Americans and the permanent characters are reversed. The language will be examined using stylization theory and phonetic analysis, the humor will be analyzed using among other things incongruity theory. The stereotypes combined with the use of incongruity humor makes the comedic effect of the show work on several levels. The stylized non-standard English and figurative speech combines to a stereotypical representation of the way Native Americans speak.