Are authentic accents important in film and TV?
How we judge accents often comes down to how important we think authenticity is.
Authenticity is probably not an essential element in a story. What we believe about a story is more important than what country or region a character sounds like they're from.
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Big-name stars lined up to make guest appearances. Stevie Wonder and Grover; Loretta Lynn and the Count; Smokey Robinson and a marauding letter U. "Sesame Street" also showcased Afro-Caribbean rhythms, operatic powerhouses, Latin beats, Broadway showstoppers, and bebop.
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