Have Your Say: Picking on an easy target?
A RECENT article in the Evening Post drew attention to the way Welsh characters are often denigrated in TV programmes. A long list of examples are unfortunately in evidence led by the most cringeworthy of all, Twin Town, and including Mine All MIne and The Valleys etc, etc. Interestingly, Swansea University's language department is to study European views on Wales and will hopefully take into account this stereotyping.
Having spent several years overseas during my service career I was often made aware of a certain fascination with the Welsh language due to it's sounds, rather than conventional pronunciation of words, and, of course, it's spelling, which leads to it being seen as a curiosity and results in a degree of ridicule.
The language therefore tends to detract from the otherwise favourable perception of Wales due to it's beauty and friendly people.
Does this attitude also influence programme makers and lead to the Welsh being seen as idiots and a source of comedy fodder?
Is it too much to ask that future productions are vetted by say, the Assembly, to protect our self-respect and curtail any further damage to our international status?
Mr V Collier