In class when we discussed Chav’s, I tried to relate it to a type of people in America. Chavs are people in England characterized as being a mix between an African American and a “Guido.” They wear sweatsuits and big chains and are considered working-class youth. When I think of sweatsuits and guido’s I immediately think of the Jersey Shore reality tv show. The Situation, Pauly D, Vinny, Ronnie, Sammy, Snooki, Dina, and J-Wow all could have been classified as working class (I mean, before they made their millions from being on one of the most popular reality shows) if they were from England. Mike “the situation” Sorrentino, in my opinion excudes a “chav.” He wears the horrible all-velour sweatsuits and the gaudy “blinged-out” chains. Abercrombie even offered to pay him to NOT wear their brand because they didn’t want to be associated with him. If I had to think of an “american chav” the jersey shore cast would be it.
I also felt really bad for Lady Sovereign when I watched her in the Chav’s video. She claims being stereotyped as “one of the biggest most popular chavs” didn’t really get to her, but you can tell it did. Being called a chav is equivalent to bullying in America. Unfortunately, people stereotype and namecall to make themselves feel better while hurting others.