Americans Pretending To Be British Part 10: Ross Geller

Always a hilarious bit of business for an American sit-com. If your character has nothing better to do, why not engineer a MacGuffin (incidentally, what is the verb involved with the creation of MacGuffin, do you suppose? Bake? Grow? Ignite?) which leaves a central character having to pretend to be British? And if you can create a situation whereby the MacGuffin is just a squirming desire to do well and fit in, well that practically IS British.

So well done, Doctor Ross Geller out of Friends, you have officially arrived:

You’d think being married to a well-to-do English girl with a would have rubbed a more convincing accent off on him though. Oh I know they weren’t together long, and they had their ups and downs when they were, but still. And what’s with the cockney geezerisms? Someone should tell him he’s got his homo chimneysweepus mixed up with his stately homorectus.

Or at least they should if he was, y’know, real.

PS: Someone should tell his friend Rachel that a white person doing a sing-song Indian accent over in the UK would play VERY badly nowadays.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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