Where Boston Stereotypes Come From



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Boston movies reinforce stereotypes about the city. But where did those stereotypes come from, and how are they prevalent in almost every Boston movie? Let’s take a look at movies that take place in Boston and see what they have in common. Sounds wicked.

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  1. Im from Australia but i've been a celtics fans since I was a kid, i always loved Boston and identified with the hard nosed blue collar stereotype. If i ever go to the states it'll definitely be my first stop

  2. There are a couple of times in this video where the narrator seems to think the Charles river goes between South Boston and Downtown, when the Charles river is actually north of Downtown, separating it from Charlestown. Both Downtown and South Boston are south of the river.

  3. Political, cops, firefighters, green of Celtics, more Irish in Boston than Ireland.
    I grew up in Cambridge near Harvard. There was at the time and still are non Protestant education elite. Cambridge is Big

  4. Might take a flight across the pond and sink a few pints in an Irish pub with the Irish Boston people and see how alike we really are🤷‍♂️ I’m curious will we understand each other’s humor, could u drink as much as me, could we understand each other while drunk🤷‍♂️ I’ll have to find out boyzzzz🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪

  5. My great grandmother left Ireland on a boat when she was 19 and came to America, ending up in Southie. I have very deep Boston roots. It’ll always be my home even if I don’t live in Mass anymore.
    When I get together with my Southie cousins, there are no R’s to be had kehd.

  6. I'm Irish & lived in Boston all my life. Even though I don't practice any religion now, I was raised Protestant, but we were dirt poor. Was I was supposed to be rich? I feel like I was cheated LOL :'D

  7. 5:14 Well unfortunately a lot of women are junkies from that area. Even now still. Many of the men are too but I guess that was the point. Not to mention its been notoriously racist. Speaking of which, also interesting you showed a few clips of the 1970s racist busing incidents. That's really not shown in film at all from Boston based movies I've seen. My mom didn't move here yet when that was happening, but family friends and docs from that time showed that although a lot of racist Irish may have been oppressed in a sense they also oppressed black kids/students being bussed to their schools. Again this still happens now where black students are being bussed to mostly white areas and whites would try turning the buses over, yell the n word, spit or throw rocks etc.

  8. Oh my god i didn't even notice these things in movies like using irish flag and colours until you mentioned it. THat's very smart of directors it's like visual poetry wow

  9. No offense but the only people that think Boston natives are even remotely intimating are slightly different kinds of yanks, bring that same special ice cream treat coffee drink addict that whistles every word down south and watch them lower that tone real fast once they notice just how few police we have to protect that silly behavior. There is a very good reason that violent crime is mostly concentrated in disarmed communities while the south doesn’t burn down every summer when a cop follows racist laws written by a certain political party owned by a certain Asian country 😂.

  10. A huge proportion of Bostonians today are Black, Latinx, and immigrants from outside Europe. But we still romanticize the scrappy Irish boy and view him as essential to Boston's identity. The present-day irony of the Irish underdog story is something you got at a little here. As recent as the 80s, the face of oppression was poor white Bostonians protesting school desegregation– pitted against people of color and made to compete for resources by wealthier elites.

  11. Boston (I’m from there) is HARDLY just an Irish Protestant story. There are Italians Asians, people from all walks and backgrounds. To make Boston about being “Irish” is remarkably shortsighted.

  12. We called the wealthy English Prods, Mason's (my Granddad' said "No different than the KKK,") and Brahmin's. One family of such people accused what was probably stolen by one of their brats a thief when money went missing after cleaning the scums home for about 15 years. We do not forget us Irish.

  13. So much misinformation here Catholicism had been legalized for 70 years by the time the Irish emigrated en masse in the 1840 and 50s (did they face discrimination? – sure, which lead to the founding of Boston college and the catholic school system). They first lived in the north End and when they became more economically successful, moved into the suburbs of south Boston and Charlestown. I only got one minute in—do some basic research). History teacher from Boston (did all this research in high school before the internet).

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