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to be shocked to hear Mama Mia described as "chavvy"?

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whatdayisit Wed 13-Aug-08 20:46:01

I overhead a conversation today, between a mother and her teenage daughter, it was a loud one about which highbrow books they were going to read this summer (note, going to, not had) You know, the kind of conversation which is designed to be overheard.

Anyway daughter then said she'd like to see Mama Mia and mother said "oh no you're not a XXX Chav" naming the town we were in. Not sure what the definition of chav is, but surely her behaviour/views were far more uncouth than any popular film? I loved Mama Mia, have read some of those books and lived in the town in question most of my life. Worst part is that from what she said, I understand the mother is an English teacher in a secondary school in the town. I feel absolutely distraught that someone could have such a low opinion of her pupils and that poss my DC's will be going to her school. I'm proud of my town and it's decent working class people.

Hopeysgirlwasntbig Wed 13-Aug-08 20:48:02

what a load of wank! I LOVED it, I definitely wouldn't describe myself as a 'chav', I'm the 'anti-chav' grin

Mama Mia

policywonk Wed 13-Aug-08 20:49:20

Anyone who uses 'chav' in that sort of context is a brainless twit. As you say, shame she's a teacher. Mind you, if she's that thick she's probably a very ho-hum teacher and won't have much influence over the kids she teaches, thankfully.

BouncingTurtle Wed 13-Aug-08 20:59:06

She's clearly an idiot. Ignore her.

Chandra Wed 13-Aug-08 21:03:31

I think Mama Mia is the new Sound of Music. I think our children and grandchildren will be grow up watching it on TV on Christmas Day grin

I think that something to have clear when watching this fil is that is a Musical, if seen in any other way it would look somewhat...overacted?

Perhaps that woman only heard it was about a girl who had 3 possible fathers and decided her family was too proud (or prude) for that

inaquandary Thu 14-Aug-08 13:10:52

I so dont like the word "chav" used in any context its just a word used to described working class kids (mainly) of which I was one and which of course my childre are - its just a put down by very pretentious people - Mama Mia looks fantastic

wasabipeanut Thu 14-Aug-08 13:13:33

People who consider themselves highbrow can get extremely snooty about musicals.

Basically if its popular they turn their nose up.

MadreInglese Thu 14-Aug-08 13:14:49


I didn't see any burberry in Mamma Mia hmm

claricebeansmum Thu 14-Aug-08 13:20:30

Funnily enough I heard a conversation like this on train into London yesterday between mother and her student aged son. Passed poster for Mama Mia and the mother says

M: That's a film I really want to see
S: Why? It's artless and shallow. Whole load of crap....and on and on although he had not seen it
M: Well I wasn't asking you to come with me [go mum go]grin
S: There's the new film coming about Dylan and Caitlin Thomas which is supposed to be re-examining...drone drone drone
M: I think I can live without seeing that!

gringrin Well done that mum! Son was going through studenty twat stage. I expect he quote bits of obscure French philosophers at passing girls in the Union bar.

Love2bake Thu 14-Aug-08 13:27:47

I hope not as Im going to see it 2night!!!!

lilymolly Thu 14-Aug-08 13:29:56

Oh its fab Not chav at all

No way would I ever go and see something chav wink

MadreInglese Thu 14-Aug-08 13:39:54

kevin and perry go large was a chav film

mamma mia is just lighthearted fun for abba fans

MilaMae Thu 14-Aug-08 13:40:25

Well I'm a teacher with an English degree and luuuuuuuurved it!!!!!!! grin grin grin

My dc love the sound track,dd3 is a hoot singing Super Trouper.

Will definately be getting the DVD at Xmas so we can all dance and sing to it.

Was about the brightest thing that happened this summer down here,want to be transported to Greece now,now,now!!!!!!!!!Oh to be singing Abba songs on the beach-sigh!!!!!!

Best go and crank up the heating got a mountain of washing to dry grin

lilymolly Thu 14-Aug-08 13:41:24

Oh I loved kevin and perry blush

Must be chav sad

Sidge Thu 14-Aug-08 13:47:13

How can a film be chav? I thought chav was a lifestyle?

MadreInglese Thu 14-Aug-08 14:01:37

(haven't seen k&p, was just trying to think of a film with teens getting pissed outside macdonalds, that's what the group-sometimes-referred-to-as-chavs do in our town!)

Portofino Thu 14-Aug-08 14:18:17

Even my DH wants to see it apparently as I asked if it was OK if I went after work one night....

AbbaFan Fri 15-Aug-08 08:18:46

Ive seen it and it was great.

hennipenni Fri 15-Aug-08 13:27:49

portofino - my DH saw it with us yesterday, even he loved it much to my surprise grin

theressomethingaboutmarie Fri 15-Aug-08 14:16:43

The use of the word "chav" is nonsensical in this instance. If you're going to employ an overly used, lazy term, at least it should be used correctly!

serenity Fri 15-Aug-08 14:33:58

I seem to have agreed to go and see this with my SIL (BIL managed to get out of it!) Given that the last three films I've seen (through choice) were Wanted, The Dark Knight, and X Files and the next film I'm planning on seeing is the new Mummy one, how much am I going to hate Mamma Mia? I should say that I have a soft spot for Abba, so the music is fine, I just get all twitchy over romantic 'chick flick' type of films......grin

MorocconOil Fri 15-Aug-08 14:37:49

Saw it yesterday and loved it- especially Colin Firth as a gay bloke. I don't know how it could be chavvy.

LippyGobshite Fri 15-Aug-08 14:40:56

You're talking about one person's opinion. Anyone can describe something as chavvy.

Einstein's theory of relativity? Chavvy thinking.
Mozart? Pikey.
Shakespeare? Two chavs, both alike in Burberry.

See? Doesn't make something chavvy.

I think to be shocked at some stranger's pov and to make an assumption that has made you absolutely distraught is overreacting somewhat.

OrmIrian Fri 15-Aug-08 14:42:58

Chav is a very flexible term. Used by those who want to distance themselves from anything they dislike, and who want to feel superior. Hateful word! It's also directed to the town we live in too whatdayisit, just so those superior souls who live in or near can differentiate themselves from the rest of us 'chavs'.

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