S#%t Chicagoans Say: Accurate or One Sided?

I love “Shit Girls Say”. I especially love the chip crunching. Here it is in case you haven’t seen it. This video has inspired hundreds of imitators. Recently, I came across “Shit Chicagoans Say”, posted on the Inside Chicago Improv blog here at Chicago Now. I thought it was pretty funny. If you watch it on YouTube, there are many critical comments posted about the skit and the actors. Many people seem stuck on the fact that the performers are “transplants”, people from bordering states or suburbs who now live in gentrified neighborhoods. I picked up on a bit of a Wisconsin/Minnesota accent (oot and aboot) here and there, but I’m not going to register for an account on YouTube so I can stick it to these people. I’ve read some comments like “I’m a born and bred Chicagoan and this video is made by people from Wisconsin who don’t know anything.”

The last time I checked, big cities attract people from all over, that’s what makes them interesting places to live. If you were to take a sampling of 100 people on the street in Chicago or New York, I doubt you would find more than a couple of people who were totally authentic residents who had been born in that city and never left. People have commented that this video was made by a bunch of “yuppies”(is that term still relevant?) who live on the north side, and that other parts of Chicago are not represented. People from other parts of the city are welcome to make their own videos. Yes, this is a representation of young professionals who wear trendy scarves , but aren’t they just as much a party of the city as everyone else? Besides, everyone knows that this is the original “Shit Chicagoans Say”.

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