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Old 04-28-2017, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Olympia, Washington
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Every movie or TV show I've seen set in Philly always seems to suggest people there have a "NY accent" which isn't true at all. TBH, I always thought that was the case as well till I spent a year there and realized how different the accent is. What other places seem to be never portray the regional accent accurately?
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Old 04-28-2017, 11:01 AM
 
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The musical version of "Hairspray" has John Travolta using an incredibly exaggerated Baltimore accent, but the rest of the cast sound like they could be from anywhere BUT Baltimore.
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:07 PM
 
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I find what is widely portrayed as a "Southern" accent is often vastly overdone to the umpteenth extreme.
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Denver
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There's no other city that gets more misrepresented than New Orleans when it comes to accent. Philly is definitely similar to NYC to me, and the New Orleans accent is closest to NYC but they always end up using a typical southern accent.
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:43 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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The musical version of "Hairspray" has John Travolta using an incredibly exaggerated Baltimore accent, but the rest of the cast sound like they could be from anywhere BUT Baltimore.
John Travolta's accent was horrible. The cast from "The Wire" also did a horrible job protraying the Baltimore accent. Very few cast members had an authentic Baltimore accent, and the imitators were comically horrible.
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:52 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I would agree on New Orleans.
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Old 04-28-2017, 01:18 PM
 
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The answer that jumped into mind before I even clicked in is CHICAGO CHICAGO CHICAGO, which often gets a New York accent for some reason, I'm guessing because "New York accent" is synonymous with "big city accent" to a lot of Hollywood people.
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Old 04-28-2017, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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There's no other city that gets more misrepresented than New Orleans when it comes to accent. Philly is definitely similar to NYC to me, and the New Orleans accent is closest to NYC but they always end up using a typical southern accent.
I always thought New Orleans had three accents:

1. A black accent
2. An upper-class white accent (which is southern-sounding)
3. Yat (which is anything but southern sounding - closer to a NYC accent than anything)
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Old 04-28-2017, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I think a Chicago accent. I hear actors substituting a New York style accent like a Brooklyn accent when they try to do a Chicago one.
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Old 04-28-2017, 02:30 PM
 
Location: North America
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They never get the Northern California Mexican accent right. Or the Southern California Asian accent right either. Southern California Asians dont say "hella" or say LIKE with a stress on L like Lyke they say it like liek. Totally wrong. TV is so bad.
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