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Nov 22, 2012 10:29 AM

SNL's Paula Deen spoof

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  1. PD: "I got heet with what my Momma calls "the sugars"."
    Seth - "When you say the sugars, you mean diabetes?"
    PD: "I guess that's what Northerners call it."


    Seth: "Paula, what about very serious allegation that you used the "N" word?"
    PD: "Hot booter and owl, Sayeth! Which N word is she talkin' about? There's a whole bunch of N words!"
    Seth: "Well, the *bad* one."
    PD: "Like 'nutrition'."
    Seth: "Noooo....not nutrition. The *really* bad one."
    PD: "Nutrition's pretty bayad."


    1. That was truly the worst southern accent I have ever heard! It's usually customary to study or at least listen once to an accent before one trie to emulate or parody it!

      14 Replies
      1. re: sandylc

        The point is to make fun of the way she talks, not mock southern accents in general.

        1. re: Phaedrus

          And the accent did not sound like her.

          1. re: sandylc

            It got some of the nuances and the way she enunciates certain words dead on, although it was lacking in general.

            1. re: Phaedrus

              I couldn't disagree more. That is the worst PD impression I've ever seen. For example: It's "BOOder and aye-all" in the SNL video, yet PD says "BUH-durr an' awl".

              1. re: sandylc

                It's an extreme parody. As Phaedrus said, it was to make fun of her. Not to be a carbon copy imitation of her.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  I think it's funnier if they actually sound like her. But I'll bow to group wisdom.

                  1. re: sandylc

                    I am with you. SNL typically does a fabulous job at parody regardless of which cast member is doing it. This one was bad. Especially the "BOOder" shtick.... Not even close ....and that is certainly something to get right. It was distracting that she got Paula's phrases all wrong and she should have added some slightly inappropriate sexual innuendo as well. I thought she should have done more with that stick of butter:) She didn't study Paula enough. Maybe she will improve.

                    1. re: sedimental

                      Thank you for your support!!! Yeah, it really missed the mark.

                    2. re: sandylc

                      Late to the game but I sympathise. Bad accents are grating to the ear and do more to distract. Moreover, there are certain accents, that because they are used to indicate moral weakness, poverty or criminality (almost always the southern accent in the U.S.) and when they are deployed without care, it adds insult to injury and again, does little for the humour. I'm not a southerner but can't stand the all-purpose southern accent (which wasn't even here as the performance was so over e top). I love Kristen Wiig but would have loved someone a bit more incisive than 'she's fat and eats butter and talks funny'. I mean, those charges are perverse.
                      That said, I did love the 'case of the sugars' which was hilarious.

                      And Linda, please, you're in the Boston area. Surely you of all people are familiar with the pain of hearing an accent that everyone (wrongly) thinks they can do done badly.

                      1. re: Lizard

                        Lizard, yes - while I'm not a native Bostonian, I do recognize a true one vs. an overdone one.

                        But then again, so is Paula Deen's accent - overdone, that is. She never *used* to speak with an exaggerated drawl, but once she became uber-popular on TFN, she herself has created a caricature of her Southern roots.

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          <<<<<I do recognize a true one vs. an overdone one. >>>>>>

                          But that was my entire point....Kristen Wiig didn't overdo the accent; she didn't get it anywhere close to Paula's....she missed it entirely. She just did it wrong completely. That wasn't a Southern accent or a spoof of a Southern accent, it was a made-up nothing accent.

                          1. re: sandylc

                            And I see it as imitating Paula Deen's made up Southern accent. The drawl was there (overdone, as Paula does), a few Southern colloquialisms were thrown in. It's a parody. To me. You see it differently than I and others do. ::::Shrug::::

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              Although not southern, I agree with sandylc that this accent is not so much overdone-- nor even is the language save for the brilliant 'case of the sugars'. For me, this dilutes the parodic effect, which in the case of the political questions raised, is unfortunate. It also seems just lamely reliant on the 'aren't women whose bodies are out of control funny/disgusting?' 'joke'. It's not that I lack a sense of humour, but rather, that I see more missed opportunity than success.

                              There's also never any harm in trying to see something from another person's perspective. I, for one, may have noticed only on the lost opportunity but not the problems with the accent and its repercussions had it not been for sandlc (or other southern friends who point out this problem to me).

                              But really, why did I post? Because I wanted to call your attention to a hilarious parody of Deen's recipes.

                              1. re: Lizard

                                Thank you, Lizard, very astute about the lost opportunity. That skit could have really been funny (albeit not very nice). I remember my husband and I watching it when it aired and thinking, uh-oh, this is going to be funny.....!

                                Then it just fell flat, what with the bizarre pseudo-nothing accent and not great jokes.

                                I did like the "case of the sugars" line, as well....that WAS funny, even if they made it up (I don't know).