Monday, November 22, 2010
Dog Eat Dog Eat World: Animals and Stereotypes
In most films and television shows whenever a Chihuahua is present there is likelihood that there are going to be stereotypes. Whether it is the name or behavior, animals do not escape objectification of their ethnicity or origins. The Chihuahua gets its name from the state Chihuahua in Mexico as that is where the breed was concentrated. Aside from what media and film portray this little doggie to be, the American Kennel Club (AKC) describe the Chihuahua a smart little dog with “saucy expressions and sassy….” An uncommon practice when depicting the Chihuahua in film with some sort of animation or voice over is giving the doggie a very thick accent and the expectation that they know Spanish. In the film Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Papi is trying to rescue his posh Beverly Hills' friend Chloe who is dognapped in Mexico.
In the trailer alone, there are clips that are funny but also reinforcing stereotypes about Latin@ cultures. In the scene where the other speaks in Spanish to the posh Chloe and she doesn't understand. He implies your chihuahua, you're suppose to know Spanish. Even doggies face tropicalization about their breed origins. It is funny, but craazy.