Cross cultural communication catastrophe clips?
October 17, 2013 8:19 PM Subscribe
I am looking for video clips of a specific kind of cross cultural communication gone bad: ones where a cultural outsider participates in a ceremony or ritual not understanding its full significance.
posted by Pater Aletheias to media & arts (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For example, I am sure I have seen old comedies where a hapless American man is visiting a tribal cultural and winds up inadvertently engaged to the chief's daughter because he didn't realize that by eating at the place of honor he was accepting a proposal of marriage. If you know of any movie or TV scenes like that, it would be very helpful. Accurate portrayals of real cultures are a plus, but anything would be useful, even fictional cultures, as long as there is a depiction of an outsider who doesn't understand what is going on. Examples of outsiders to American/Western culture who misinterpret things would also fit.