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Tutti Frutti Hat

Tutti Frutti Hat

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Published by: Ian Koll on Jul 30, 2012
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Ian KollLatin Stereotypes ResponseDr. Wolf 9/27/2011Immediately preceding and during the early 20
century, the United States had anotoriously bad foreign policy in regards to Latin America- instead of acting upon theinterests of our allies, the United States would impose military intervention in an effort to
keep America’s commercial success at it’s
highest possible potential. This imposed militaryintervention caused untold amounts of unrest in Latin America, and gave the United States
a very negative image. In an effort to remedy this problem, Roosevelt adopted the “GoodNeighbor Policy,” which was
designed to help make relations more positive. Actress andsinger Carmen Miranda, who happened to come along at a perfect time, was used as theposter child of this policy; her allusions to Latin American culture were designed to
improve Latin America’s o
pinion of the United States, while her over-sexed and flamboyant image was meant to ease some of the prejudice felt in the United States. This is why shewas a perfect figure in promoting the Good Neighbor policy- and Hollywood recognizedthis and capitalized off of them.
In her clip “
The Lady in the Tutti-
Frutti Hat” from the film
The Gang’s All Here
, viewersare bombarded with images of fruit and abundance- a Hollywood ploy to help warm Americansup to the Good Neighbor policy. Banana trees fill the stage, young and beautiful dancers carrygiant bananas-
even Carmen’s hat is made of bananas. These stereotypes, while silly, would
make Americans much more willing to open up to Latin American nations, on the sole reasonthat films such as these portray Brazil (and other Latin American nations,) as tropical paradises
full of gorgeous women and commercial promise. Even the song’s lyrics, in which Carmen refers
to Brazili
an women as “sweet and shy” who, despite this shyness, have a “different kind of time”

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