Dave Chappelle's Rendition of Japaneseness


Dave Chappelle, in his “Lost Episodes” DVD, performs in a segment where a Japanese man (Yoshi) is presented to a lovely actress (LaLa) by his acquaintance (Charlie). Chappelle in this segment plays Yoshi’s conscience and consistently attempts to persuade Yoshi to pronounce “hello” and “LaLa” incorrectly as “harro” and “rara.” From experience in teaching my host mother in Japan some English words, some English learners do have trouble in pronouncing ‘ls’ and instead pronounce them as ‘rs.’ Chappelle exploits not only the difficulty for some in pronouncing English sounds, but also uses chopsticks, wears Chinese (not Japanese) attire, and commits ritual disembowelment (seppuku) in the end due to his failure in persuading Yoshi to mispronounce words.

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