Code Switching: The Impact on the Same Race
I watched the video called Key & Peele: Phone Call
Code- switching takes a huge part and influence in this video when it comes to socializing. The interactions of these two changed dramatically from them talking to their close ones, to them stereotyping each other (and themselves) and talking in their “natural” cultural language. It starts off with the bald guy, who is dressed very business-like, and preppy, talking to his wife about talking her about how she got tickets to the orchestra for both of them for her birthday. He is very jubilant and sounds relaxed and at ease when talking to her. Once he spots the other black man walking out of the store he code switches to an entirely new person. His tone changes to a lot more forced and direct, and his grammar changes. Instead of saying full words and sentences he responds shortly and says “Ima”. The black guy with the starts off talking in a “ghetto” way saying “Sup dog” and adding a lot of slang to his almost angry tone. Meanwhile, the black guy starts talking to his wife in a disrespectful way saying “Ima pick ya ass up at 6:30”. He is talking like this to impress the guy next to him, assuming that that’s the way he talks to his “people” too. The code switching takes a turn when the black guy with the jacket walks across the street and away from the other guy. He tells his friend that “he totally almost got mugged right now” in a very girly-girl tone (his natural tone). Both of these people already had judgments of one another and the awkwardness of wearing different “public faces” takes a big part in this video.